Bee Sting Therapy and Bee Pollen for Infertility in Women
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Bee sting therapy has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for female infertility, as well as for a host of other women’s health issues and general health problems. The treatment has a history in multiple cultures, and is shown to be effective in the treatment of the following women’s health/fertility related complaints:
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Premature ovarian failure (POF)
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Reproductive organ cancers
Bee Sting Therapy for Different Types of Female Infertility
The literature regarding the efficacy of bee sting therapy in the treatment of female infertility is scarce; in fact, if you Google “bee sting therapy for female infertility”, it’s more likely that you’ll find a set of articles warning interested parties to steer clear of this somewhat controversial treatment. Indeed, when done incorrectly under the wrong circumstances, bee sting therapy can have negative outcomes… but when done correctly and with the appropriate precautions, the treatment is often quite safe.
Practitioners of bee sting therapy always have Epi-Pens on hand in case their patients experience an allergic reaction, and that it’s important for the patient to get to the hospital should this happen. Practitioners also know that they should always test their patients’ tolerance to the bee sting treatment before continuing with a full treatment, and that even if a patient has done the treatment a few times before, each time can be a little different. Some people do choose to learn and administer bee sting therapy on themselves, but it’s essential to always have someone watching over you if you choose to do this. Working with a qualified practitioner is advisable when it comes to bee sting therapy, since this way, you can be sure that you’re getting the appropriate and safest type of care.
Bee sting therapy has been studied specifically in regard to the treatment of premature ovarian failure and in increasing the chances of success for women receiving IVF treatments.
Premature Ovarian Failure
In the treatment of premature ovarian failure, bee sting therapy has been administered according to particular acupuncture points. In one successful study, some of the acupuncture points that were used included ST-25 (Tianshu), GV-24 (Shenting), BL-32 (Ciliao), GV-20 (Baihui), and ST-36 (Zusanli), among others, which you can view in this document. Researchers observed a notable decrease in both follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels in the female participants of the study immediately after administration of the bee stings. After only one session of bee sting therapy, 2 out of the 14 women in the study with amenorrhea restarted menstruation. Pregnancy was achieved in one case, and other participants observed improvements in vaginal lubrication and severity of hot flashes.
Another study a few years later produced similar results. Out of the 24 study participants, 8 patients with premature ovarian failure successfully conceived, and another 13 restarted normal menstruation. This study compared bee sting therapy at acupuncture points with regular acupuncture, and observed that bee sting therapy administered to acupuncture points was overall more effective in helping women achieve pregnancy, but that acupuncture was more effective in alleviating the symptoms of premature ovarian failure.
Increased Success with IVF Treatments
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments are commonly undergone by women who have been struggling with infertility for a long time. Some women, unfortunately, experience difficulties getting pregnant even with IVF treatments; bee venom therapy has been shown to potentially help increase the chances of successful fertilization in women receiving IVF treatments.
One study observed a group of women who had been unsuccessful with their last 3 rounds of IVF treatments. In this study, bee venom treatments were administered every other day for 2 weeks prior to starting another round of IVF. Out of the 7 women in this study, 4 achieved pregnancy; 3 of these women carried the pregnancy to term and gave birth (one of these women had previously had 5 failed IVF attempts), and 1 woman had a miscarriage at 6 weeks.
Beneficial Effects of Bee Pollen on Female Fertility
Bee pollen is an apitherapy product rich in various vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, including zinc, copper, iron, magnesium, pre-digested proteins, some B-complex vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, and B9), essential fatty acids, and others. Because bee pollen is so nutritionally dense, it’s considered a superfood, and can be taken similarly to other superfoods like moringa in order to boost your daily intake of these essential nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies play a major role in various kinds of female infertility, and therefore the nutritional benefits of bee pollen shouldn’t be underestimated or overlooked.
Bee pollen has also been noted to have an estrogenic effect in the female body. This estrogenic effect has been shown to help increase estrogen levels and balance the levels of other reproductive hormones in favor of conception. Bee pollen may also help improve the viability of oocytes before they’re actually released for fertilization. The increase in estrogen levels that bee pollen can encourage may help increase libido as well.
Bee pollen can be added to smoothies, put on top of yogurt or other similar foods, or taken as a supplement. It is a very safe superfood to eat in the vast majority of cases, so long as the pollen is organic and comes from an area free of pollutants. Women who are allergic to bees or bee products or who are taking blood thinners are advised to avoid bee pollen.
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