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Acupuncture as an Alternative Fertility Treatment Option

Infertility often occurs due to ovulatory disorders involving hormonal problems (too much luteinizing hormone and not enough follicle-stimulating hormone), failure of the hypothalamus to signal the pituitary gland and malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. Both glands are responsible for manufacturing and releasing hormones vital to providing a woman with mature eggs capable of being fertilized in the fallopian tubes. Treating Infertility–East v. West Western medications prescribed for treating infertility include Clomid® (increases FSH levels); hMG (human menopausal gonadotropins) and follicle-stimulating hormone injections. All three may cause side effects in some women such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, mood swings and occasionally, development of ovarian cysts. Synthesized drugs are used to…