All About Acupuncture Infertility Treatment
Do you know about the use of acupuncture infertility treatment? Some findings show that acupuncture infertility treatment increases pregnancy rates for women using in vitro fertilization (IVF).
In fact, in a few studies, women who received acupuncture infertility treatment within one day of embryo transfer during IVF were more likely to get pregnant than women who did not receive it.
Acupuncture can help you heal
Acupuncture infertility treatment has gained in popularity recently. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which includes non-medical health interventions like acupuncture, yoga and herbal medicine, is on the rise.
The CDC reports that in 2007 at least one-third of American adults were using some form of CAM modality. As more practitioners and doctors are getting licensed to practice acupuncture, and more states are regulating the practice, the field of acupuncture will continue to grow.
In addition, scientific research on the different health benefits of acupuncture shows promising results for many health conditions. Acupuncture has been shown to help with nausea, pain relief, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other situations.
How does acupuncture work?
During acupuncture infertility treatment, tiny sterilized needles are placed into the skin on specific points of the body. Once inserted, the needles stay in place for several minutes, which usually doesn’t cause much pain.
These acupuncture points in the body are lined up along pathways called meridians. By putting pressure on these points, the body is brought into balance. Some practitioners also use sound waves or electrical charges to target these points either with or without needles.
So how does acupuncture infertility treatment really work? Researchers have identified that acupuncture causes the body to release beta-endorphins and enkephalins in the brain and spinal area. When these natural opioids are released, hormonal and other body systems are better regulated and the person being treated becomes more relaxed.
Many people find acupuncture to be relaxing, and say that it helps them manage stress. For women who struggle with getting pregnant, acupuncture fertility treatment has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture infertility treatment and health benefits
Some research has shown that acupuncture infertility treatment is most helpful when used with herbs and traditional medicines. However, some women using acupuncture infertility treatment get pregnant without other remedies.
During acupuncture infertility treatment, specific points in the body that connect to the ovarian and follicular regions are stimulated, boosting reproductive health. It has also been shown to boost the flow of blood to the lining of the uterus, making it healthier for pregnancy.
Other conditions that may benefit with acupuncture infertility treatment include:
- Spasmed tubes
- High follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels
- Abnormal luteal phase
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Recurrent miscarriage and infertility with an unknown cause
- Male factor infertility issues
Who provides acupuncture infertility treatment?
With the convenience of the Internet, it is easier than ever to find licensed acupuncturists who specialize in a variety of health conditions. Look for an acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health, pregnancy, or fertility. Make sure they have at least several years of experience with acupuncture infertility treatment.
Your insurance provider may cover acupuncture infertility treatment with some practitioners. Contact the insurance company to find out what your benefits are. Some fertility clinics now offer acupuncture infertility treatment, along with psychotherapy, nutrition, and yoga to balance the mind, body and spirit, and help you conceive.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
There are findings showing certain acupuncture points do increase the risk of miscarriage. That’s why you must find a licensed practitioner that is knowledgeable about pregnancy and fertility.
On the other hand, some people report that acupuncture performed during the first trimester may lessen the incidence of miscarriage.
In any case, always talk to your doctor before proceeding with acupuncture or any complementary treatment during pregnancy.Sources
- American Cancer Society: Acupuncture.
- American Pregnancy Association: Treating Infertility using Acupuncture.
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine Patient Fact Sheet: Stress and Infertility.
- Bernazani, L from Pregnancy.org: Using acupuncture to enhance fertility and treat common pregnancy conditions. CDC: Costs of CAM and frequency of visits to CAM practitioners: US, 2007.
- MedlinePlus: Acupuncture
- MedlinePlus: Acupuncture may ease depression during pregnancy.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture Shows Promise in Improving Rates of Pregnancy Following IVF.