Acupuncture for fertility
You’ve heard of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic back pain or injuries, but did you know it is also used for fertility treatment? You may be wondering how inserting small ultra-thin needles into specific points on the body can help with fertility issues. Below is more information on how acupuncture treatment works and how it can be used to help treat problems that may be impacting fertility.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is a drug-free natural treatment that is used to treat a variety of physical ailments and conditions. The treatment approach works by inserting small hair-like needles into the body in pre-selected locations. The treatment comes from traditional Chinese medicine. The most popular use of acupuncture is for treating chronic pain, but today it is used for treating numerous conditions including depression, anxiety, allergies, or migraines.
Can Acupuncture Be Used for Fertility Treatment?
While acupuncture doesn’t help get a woman pregnant, it has been used to treat conditions that are believed to be linked to infertility. Paired with herbal medicine, acupuncture treatment when used effectively can treat conditions such as under- functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism), over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism), or the depression and anxiety that may co-occur with fertility issues. Another approach to helping increase fertility is to try to increase blood flow in the body. Needles properly placed in the torso can help increase blood flow to the endometrium, resulting in a thicker and rich endometrial lining.
What is the Process of Using Acupuncture for Fertility Treatment?
Similar to other medical treatments, acupuncture is a process-oriented method of medical intervention and more than one treatment may be necessary to help treat a condition. A discussion with a medical practitioner may lead to exploring acupuncture, however to be effective, more visits are likely to lead to better results. It is common for patients to try acupuncture 3 to 4 months prior to insemination procedures. According to the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness the most effective use of acupuncture for fertility is when it is used along with herbal and traditional medicine. Once a woman has conceived, it is recommended that acupuncture treatments can continue through the first 3
months of pregnancy to help prevent miscarriages.
Are There Risks Associated With Using Acupuncture?
There are very few risks associated with using acupuncture for fertility treatment. Acupuncture is considered a safe treatment method for everyone. The best way to avoid any risks, is to do research and find an acupuncture practitioner who is qualified and certified. A discussion and research can also help you get a better idea if they have experience with fertility treatment practice.
Who Uses Acupuncture for Fertility Treatment?
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for anyone for various health conditions. Specifically for fertility, acupuncture can be used to treat numerous fertility-related conditions. For example, spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture treatment. Other fertility-related conditions treated with acupuncture include:
- elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
- repeated pregnancy loss
- luteal phase defect
- hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma)
- polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
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Sunae Son, L.Ac, M.S.O.M. has spent much of her life exploring and researching western and eastern medicines, combining these practices over a decade of field and laboratory studies into mindful patient care in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.