Can LED Light Therapy Help Increase Fertility?

LED Light Therapy has become popular for its effectiveness in treating acne, boosting collagen production & reducing wrinkles, as well as treating a variety of types of pain. It is believed that it does this by

  • Enhancing mitochondrial activity & ATP production
  • Increasing circulation
  • Regulating inflammation

According to CNY Fertility light-emitting diodes can improve fertility by

  • Balancing the endocrine system
  • Increasing vascularization which increases nutrient delivery and cellular health
  • Improving collagen formation which benefits the ligaments of the uterus
  • Improving cellular ATP production which supports the health of the ovaries and uterus
  • Improving lymph flow to benefit inflammatory and immune conditions

Currently most of the research into infrared and red light therapy for fertility is being done in Russia and Japan. Dr. Toshio Ohshiro in Japan stumbled upon this while treating a 55-yr post menopausal woman for low back pain who subsequently came out of menopause. Since then he has conducted studies on woman around the age of 40 diagnosed with severe infertility after failed attempts with Assisted Reproductive Technology. In these studies with 21 sessions of light therapy, 22% of the women became pregnant. Almost all studies with light therapy have recipients coming in 2-3 times a week because it has been widely noted that less then 2 times a week significantly reduces the likelihood of success. No adverse events were noted in any patients.

Another clinic in Japan is showing acupuncture and laser to increase blastocyst rate and improvement in egg quality.

Female eggs have 200 times more mitochondria than any other cell. Research indicates that mitochondria in older female eggs become less efficient at producing ATP. It is believed that this is the reason for decreased fertility in women as they age. Researchers believe that red light therapy displaces nitric oxide, allowing more oxygen to saturate cells. This is in addition to increased ATP production, improved blood flow to the reproductive organs, improved regulation of inflammation, and softening of scar tissue. LED is not only for women; experts say it can also increase testosterone levels and sperm quality.

In a study, 20 men with oligozoospermia received red light therapy 2 times a week for a total of 10 sessions. They experienced increased libido and significant improvement in quality of sperm including motility and total number.

Wellman Acupuncture offers light therapy with a Celluma LED device. Celluma devices are polychromatic and deliver blue (465nm), red (640nm) and infrared (880nm) light energy simultaneously to safely treat a wide variety of skin and pain conditions easily. Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signaling mechanism for different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and some kill acne-causing bacteria, while others enhance localized circulation. The importance of device placement and proximity to tissue is one aspect of LED light therapy which is often misunderstood and rarely explained effectively. The key to efficacy is getting the light emissions as close to the skin as possible to ensure optimal energy absorption. Celluma’s contouring design allows previously considered “awkward” areas such as elbows, shoulders or ankles to be treated with ease.  Celluma light therapy mimics a natural photobiochemical reaction process to deliver safe, UV-free low-level light energy through FDA cleared, high-intensity LED devices. 

Published by Amanda Wellman LOM

Amanda is a practitioner of Oriental Medicine and the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy. She specializes in Women's Reproductive Health and Autoimmune Conditions. She pulls from her strong background in meditation and energy cultivation to educate on self-healing techniques.

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