Acupuncture and Fertility: Can it help?

Acupuncture is often a resource for women who are battling infertility problems. Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine that originated in China and is still used in modern times as a form of healing and balance.  It is often categorized as a form of therapy because it works through the channels or meridians of the body in order to ease the natural flow of circulation, lessen pain in muscles, and aid major organs.  Acupuncture for fertility uses extremely small needles that are inserted in the skin at specific pressure points that when activated can release tension.

So how can this treat infertility? Infertility, defined by the American Infertility Society, is considered to be present in a couple who have been regularly having sex for a year without contraception and do not conceive.

So how can acupuncture help treat infertility cases? Acupuncture works by placing these small needles into specific points on the body to increase balance and regulation as your body functions.  If Acupuncture can help major areas of the body to function more efficiently then in can boost fertility.  Also, it can help other modern techniques like In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, to be more accurate and have statistically higher results.  There have been studies of women who have received Acupuncture prior to and following an IVF treatment and the amount of pregnancies was higher in that group in comparison to the group of women who did not receive acupuncture.

It also helps women who are not using IVF because Acupuncture can stimulate the growth and release of a woman’s egg through ovulation.  By focusing on the specific points of the body that increase energy flow in the reproductive area, an Acupuncturist can potentially increase the odds of a woman’s ability to conceive.  However, Acupuncture does not increase the growth and release of multiple eggs so it is not considered an adequate substitute for fertilization drugs.

It is very important that a woman who seeks aid through Acupuncture finds and Acupuncturist  who specializes in prenatal care and fertility.  This is important because if you are pregnant, especially in the first twelve weeks, the chances of miscarriage is much higher than later in the pregnancy.  An incorrect Acupuncture treatment could cause you to miscarry if a needle is inserted into the wrong energy point.

Acupuncture is a painless procedure with endless benefits.  Many people in the Western societies become fearful of needles being used to help the body.  Needles are generally associated with pain, blood, and side affects including bruising so many people do not want to believe that Acupuncture can be a good thing.  The needles used in Acupuncture are much smaller than your average syringe or sewing needle and they are not place extremely deep within your body.  A lot of people that receive Acupuncture do not even feel them being positioned in their pressure points, but rather feel their long term affects on their muscles, organs, and energy.

If you are someone or know someone who is going through difficulties conceiving, then it is best that you consider all your options.  Acupuncture is a safe, quick, and easy way to increase your chances of conceiving and carrying your fetus full term.

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