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Fertility and LLLT
There is exciting research and clinical data demonstrating that LLLT (low-level laser therapy) helps improve fertility in women over 35, especially women with poor egg quality and older eggs. As women age, or due to certain fertility conditions, their eggs don’t create as much ATP (the energy molecule of the body). Lower ATP means your eggs can’t develop as strongly or power the process of fertilization, implantation, and pregnancy. A tremendous amount of energy within the cells is needed for follicles (eggs) to mature and for early embryos to divide and implant. (Here are 2 videos I’ve done on energy in eggs: CoQ10 and Fertility and Improving Egg Quality)
How Do Lasers Help Fertility?
Lasers benefit fertility because the rate of division and successful implantation of embryos is profoundly affected by the amount of energy they have. When eggs are developing, they use a tremendous amount of energy, and early embryo division and implantation require lots of energy too. After 35 years, the mitochondria in follicles decrease. At age 40, nine out of 10 eggs are abnormal. In addition, older eggs are also more affected by oxidation, which can break DNA and contribute to abnormal embryo development.
A research paper on LLLT and fertility explains it this way:
“Every cell in our body, except red blood cells, run on the energy source ATP, or Adenosine Triphosphate. ATP is produced by the mitochondria inside our cells. Throughout our body, most cells have around 2,000 mitochondria. Some more, some less. A few exceptions stand out, brain cells and heart cells with around 10,000 each. But the oocyte, the human egg cell, goes way beyond that, with a whopping 600,000 mitochondria. This goes to emphasize how much energy it takes to create new life. But even with 600,000 mitochondria, when their efficiency drops with age, the result is still a rapid decline in fertility rate. This is where PBM (LLLT) comes into the picture. Numerous scientific studies have shown that when cells with a lack of energy are exposed to laser light, the mitochondria will start producing more ATP. This will directly influence the oocyte, increasing the energy level and drastically improve the chances of conceiving. Aside from egg quality issues, there are a number of complications that can impede the likelihood of getting pregnant….” ( Arne Grinsted and Maja Grinsted Hillegass. “PhotoBioModulation for Infertility”. EC Gynecology 8.9 (2019): 875-879)
In addition to egg quality issues, problems such as endometriosis, PCOS, premature ovarian failure, abdominal scarring, and hypothyroidism can affect egg quality and create issues with blood flow to the ovaries and lining, inflammation, and oxidative damage.
The Celluma Delux Low-Level Light Laser
All of these are addressed with the Celluma LLLT device since it covers the whole body, including the entire abdominal area. The LLLT Celluma Delux (which is what we have in the office) is a low-powered, warm, red-and-infrared wave laser. The Delux is a laser mat, which covers the entire body, so it works with THE ACUPUNCTURE MERIDIANS THAT GOVERN FERTILITY HEALTH! This is why I’m so excited: Celluma LLLT works with the length of the meridians that directly nurture and support fertility, maximizing its effect on the whole process of egg development, blood flow, and healthy uterine lining!
What Does Treatment Look Like?
Optimal treatment protocol for fertility is 6 treatments between cycle day 1 to ovulation. Each session is done with 23-25 minutes face up, and 10 minutes face down.
Conditions that may benefit from LLLT Low-Level Laser Therapy for fertility:
Women with egg quality issues including:
Women who have issues with their uterine lining such as:
Beneficial effects of LLLT/photobiomodulation for fertility:
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