How Acupuncture Can Help Improve Fertility
According to various studies, women who use acupuncture treatments have an increased rate of births and pregnancies. This includes women who use acupuncture as a method of increasing their likelihood of successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or those who have conditions that decrease fertility, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Fertility doctors may recommend acupuncture for women with fertility concerns because it helps reduce their overall stress. Stress hormones are known to decrease fertility hormones, such as progesterone, which can contribute to infertility.
Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries. During acupuncture, thin, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points on the body. From the standpoint of Chinese medicine, these needles help stimulate channels of energy, or meridians, that occur along specific points. The effects are varied depending on the placement of acupuncture needles. The person may feel increased energy, anxiety reduction, or sleepiness. Increased blood flow to the pelvis or other organs, or changes in hormones may also be accomplished with acupuncture. Acupuncture is believed to encourage the body to repair itself by shifting it into repair mode, in addition to relaxing the nervous system.
Acupuncture During IVF Treatments
Acupuncture can be used at any time throughout fertility treatments, whether it is started before taking injectable or oral medication to prepare your body for treatments, throughout treatments to help reduce side effects that can occur with fertility medications, or throughout IVF cycles. Trying acupuncture before starting medications or IVF treatments may prevent the need for them altogether.
Before considering acupuncture, you need a thorough medical examination by your doctor. Some conditions cannot be improved with acupuncture, such as a blockage in the fallopian tubes. Therefore, you need to know the underlying reasons for infertility to find the best strategy.
Although modern medicine is an excellent resource for helping overcome infertility, many people turn to alternative medical approaches for assistance. Acupuncture is one alternative natural approach that has been practiced for over 2000 years.
Even reproductive specialists are looking into Chinese medicine and its mysteries as a method of helping their patients, who have not been helped with western medicine alone. These women have often failed one or many attempts at IVF and are looking for extra help.
Acupuncture can help your body cross from infertile to fertile by allowing your body to function more efficiently. In turn, this can help modern reproductive medicine, such as IVF, work more efficiently.
Increasing the odds of a pregnancy by using IVF is only one way in which acupuncture can be useful. Acupuncture can help by stimulating egg production in women who choose not to use fertility medication or cannot tolerate these medications.
When comparing the rate of pregnancy with acupuncture against medications, such as Clomid, that are designed to facilitate the production of eggs, they have equal effectiveness. There is approximately a 50% chance of pregnancy within three months for both groups.
Acupuncture works by restoring the flow of your essence and body energy, or Qi. In regards to infertility, acupuncture treatments can have a restorative and calming effect that increases overall well-being and can aid the body in creating new life.
By increasing the blood flow in the area, the uterine lining can better absorb hormones and nutrients that are necessary to improve its strength and sustain an implanted embryo. Young women, especially those in their early to mid-30’s, should consider acupuncture before they invest in invasive and expensive fertility treatments.
In some cases, going through several months of acupuncture may be enough for you to become pregnant on your own, without fertility treatments.