Laser for Infertility

About Infertility

Infertility rates continue to grow as prevalence has nearly TRIPLED in the last 25 years. Approximately 25% of the population face fertility challenges. In many cases the fertility problem is not a female concern as 40-45% of cases rest with the male being responsible. The underlying causes of infertility are often complicated and challenging to specifically diagnosis (especially males). However fertility experts do agree on one thing and that is women waiting to become pregnant until they are older is a major factor that contributes to decreased rates of successful pregnancies.

Fortunately, a relatively new and clinically proven treatment utilizing laser therapy can increase successful pregnancy rates, even in older women.

Laser Therapy for Infertility

Dr. Shripad Chodankar at Panacea Point is the Certified Laser Therapist. He is the first laser therapy expert in India, who has a certification from Germany to offer laser for the purposes of treating infertility related health issues.

Laser therapy is also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Photo-Bio-Modulation therapy, Laser Acupuncture, and Cold Laser therapy.

Laser Therapy: A Safe & Effective Treatment for Infertility Issues

Gentle laser light is applied to specific acupuncture points of the hands, lower legs, and ear in addition to the reproductive organ areas of the lower abdomen (without the use of acupuncture needles).

The goal of this more natural, non-invasive, safe and clinically-tested approach is to stimulate blood flow to the reproductive organs and enhance overall cellular production of energy.

Laser therapy has been proven to increase the chances of pregnancy, even in challenging fertility situations where women are pursuing Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

Recent clinical trials are demonstrating that laser therapy significantly boosts pregnancy rates of women and men. This even applies to women who have been historically unsuccessful with IVF.

Laser Therapy Fertility Research

Western medicine has traditionally maintained that declining egg quality associated with ageing go hand-in-hand and is irreversible.

Despite this common opinion, cutting edge research using low level laser light conducted in Japan and Denmark demonstrates that it is possible to improve fertility in women and men by slowing down the aging process and improving egg quality.

So what do the studies show? Essentially the research demonstrates that applying laser therapy over the reproductive organs (i.e. ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, etc.) and specific acupuncture points can do the following:

  • Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs
  • Enhance mitochondrial/ATP activity in the cells
  • Reduce oxidative damage

Recent clinical results in Denmark report that laser therapy resulted in a pregnancy rate of 66% success for women after at least 4 years of failure with other assisted reproductive technology (ART) approaches.

These recent clinical trials and clinical experience of Dr. Shripad Chodankar (author of the book Acupuncture for Infertility) using laser for fertility in his own practice is GOOD NEWS for those facing fertility hurdles and wishing to conceive.

It has been experienced that laser can yield dramatic results for people facing challenging reproductive issues.

  • Advanced Maternal Age.
  • Poor Ova or Egg Quality.
  • Amenorrhea.
  • Elevated Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
  • Endometriosis.
  • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
  • Irregular menstrual cycle.
  • Male infertility - poor sperm/semen quality.
  • Sexual Transmitted Disease (STI) damage (scar tissue) from Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and HPV.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • Painful menstruation.
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
  • Premature menopause.
  • Hormonal imbalance.
  • Fibroids (inflammation and scar tissue).
  • Uterine or endometrial polyps (inflammation and scar tissue).
  • Reduced blood circulation to the uterus or ovaries.
  • Muscle tension/fascia restrictions in the areas surrounding the reproductive organs, which can block both nerve and vascular supply.
  • History of recurring infections/inflammation in the abdomen due to herpes, candida, allergies.

The Science behind Laser for Infertility Issues

All cells in the body are powered by battery like structures called mitochondria. Ova (egg cells in women) have more number of mitochondria than other cells. When eggs or ova are maturing, they use an incredible amount of energy, especially during embryo implantation and division. When a women reaches approximately 35 years of age, the mitochondria begin to degrade. At approximately 40 years of age, 9 out 10 eggs are abnormal.

Studies show that the mitochondria of older ova or eggs typically produce considerably less adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the source of a cell's energy. This has a serious impact on fertility, as the rate of division and successful outcomes of embryo implantation are reduced when less ATP are present in the cell.

The amount of ATP or energy present in ova or eggs is a much more important factor in fertility then the actual maternal age of a woman, especially as it relates to the use of laser therapy. As we now know it has been proven that Laser Therapy enhances ATP production and it makes a turning point.

Moreover, it is well known that older follicles have fewer defensive capabilities against oxidative stress which causes cellular damage. This has a direct impact on In Vitro Fertility (IVF) outcomes. Studies show that laser therapy treatment positively influences IVF success rates.

Increasing energy levels (ATP), improving blood circulation, reduction of scar tissue and inflammation are all very beneficial to the female's reproduction potential.

General Effects of Laser Therapy

  • Increased production and release of:
  • Endorphins - reduce pain and stress naturally.
  • Growth hormone - instrumental in tissue repair.
  • ATP - improves and regulates cellular metabolism and rejuvenates cells.
  • Increased protein synthesis - collagen, DNA, fibroblasts.
  • Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated.

Clinical Benefits of Laser Therapy Specifically For Infertility Issues

  • Increases blood flow to the reproductive system.
  • Increase chances of conception and live birth.
  • Regulate inflammation (reduces accelerated biological aging).
  • Laser therapy is also softens and reduces scar tissue which contributes to infertility from causes such as abdominal surgeries and endometriosis.
  • Reduces pain.
  • Non-invasive.
  • Non-toxic.
  • No known adverse effects.
  • No drug interactions.
  • Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to conventional therapies.
  • For men the sperm count in semen has been documented in certain cases to rise from 2 million/ml to more than 40 million/ml

Acupuncture also helps during pregnancy and birth. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea, vomiting, and significantly reducing the duration of labor. There is also strong evidence that acupuncture can help with a breech birth.