Traditionally, reproductive medicine has often maintained that ageing and declining egg quality is irreversible. Yet research into the effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or Photobiomodulation for Fertility, shows that it is possible to improve egg quality, slow down the ageing process and significantly improve fertility in women and men. In fact, several fertility clinics in North America, Europe (most notably in Denmark and Norway) and in other countries around the world, report consistently high percentages of successful fertilisation in patients when combining Laser Therapy with Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART). Furthermore, laboratory studies have repeatedly shown the effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy for Fertility due to enhanced mitochondrial activity and ATP production, increased blood flow and the reduction of oxidative damage.
At Laser Medicine we follow the work of our associates closely and align with best practice protocols that are found to be most effective. In combination with applying Low Level Laser to the reproductive organs, we also work through lymphatic, acupuncture and central nervous systems in order to apply light in the most effective way. We work with each individual patient to optimise their health as required, using the standard LLLT protocols for fertility in conjunction with many other protocols for maximising the efficiency of the body. These mechanisms and protocols are designed to help rejuvenate eggs and sperm mobility, maximise egg quality potential and prepare the body for fertilisation and pregnancy.
What does Low Level Laser do?
Low Level Laser through Photobiomodulation, is proven to be effective for many health conditions because it enhances mitochondrial production and ATP production. An average cell contains around 2,000 mitochondria, whereas the oocyte (the human egg cell) has 600,000 mitochondria. Application of Low Level Laser increases the production of cellular energy (ATP) in the mitochondria, which in turn improves the cell’s ability to proliferate, migrate and adhere which is exactly what a fertilised egg needs to do.
Low Level Laser (LLLT) also improves the body’s functionality overall in the following ways:
- Increases blood flow.
- Reduces inflammation and oxidative damage.
- Softens scar tissue and releases it through the body’s natural waste system.
- Relives pain.
- Relaxes muscle tension.
- Promotes tissue repair.
These factors are beneficial to the reproductive environment, particularly in the case of softening scar tissue, which can be a contributor to fertility issues.
We also advise patients to maintain a healthy diet, sleep, exercise and rest in order to support their mental and emotional health throughout their healing journey. All these factors combined help patients reach their peak fertility potential.
Who can receive treatment
Younger women do not respond as well to Photobiomodulation Therapy for Fertility, as egg quality is not normally an issue for younger women.
The optimum age for promoting fertilisation via cold laser treatment is for women in the mature age group of 35-50, because reproductive cells are more likely to lack cellular energy from the ageing process.
LLLT is recommended to improve the following conditions:
- Low ovarian reserve
- Poor egg quality
- Multiple implantation failures
- Hormonal imbalances
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)
Men with a low sperm count will also benefit from Photobiomodulation Therapy for Fertility.
Recommended courses of treatments
For women, Low Level Laser Treatment for Fertility is recommended during the lead up to a fertilisation, regardless of whether fertilisation is to be achieved via natural or IVF methods. This prepares the body and reproductive organs, creating optimum conditions for conception to take place. The overall general health and age of a patient determines the frequency of treatment, which is normally around 2-3 treatments every 6 weeks.
During a period of trying to conceive (either via natural or IVF), we base our protocols around a schedule of 6 treatments over a period of 2 weeks from Day 1 to Day 14 of the cycle, and if conception does not take place, to repeat the following month.
Men are likely to see an improvement in sperm count after 3 treatments.
We also encourage women to continue treatment during the post natal period, to recover from pregnancy and birthing.
A course of 6 treatments is £1,200.
For more information please refer to our Fees.
Please refer to this research article and the ones listed below for more information:
Male Fertility and Low Level Laser Therapy: