Fertility treatment is not limited to medical intervention by a MD with the use of fertility medication. There are a number of alternative treatments that have proven to be useful and successful in treating fertility issues. One of the most successful alternative medication methods is acupuncture. Acupuncture and fertility treatments go hand in hand. Acupuncture can reduce stress, improve blood flow, and increase the chances of becoming pregnant.
Understanding how acupuncture and fertility treatments complement each other may encourage you to try an alternative way to improve your reproductive health.
First used in ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments. During acupuncture, extremely thin needles are inserted in key areas of the skin. By inserting these needles in exact positions, acupuncturists are able to change the flow of energy within the body.
Acupuncture in Fertility
Many fertility physicians suggest that patients consider acupuncture during their fertility treatment. Research has proven that acupuncture has a number of positive effects on fertility including:
- Increased blood flow to the uterus and reproductive organs
- Improved uterine lining
- Decrease in the pain and discomfort associated with fertility medication
- Decrease in stress levels for individuals undergoing fertility treatment
It is suggested that acupuncture be done in the months prior to IVF treatment in order to prepare the body for the procedure. However, it suggested that acupuncture not be done immediately prior to an egg retrieval or embryo transfer.
Finding an Acupuncturist
While undergoing fertility treatments, be sure to discuss acupuncture with your fertility care team. Many practices will have preferred providers of acupuncture or suggestions on treatments that they’ve had success with in the past. Otherwise, ask friends and family for referrals - chances are there is someone in your social circle who has done and is satisfied with acupuncture.
For additional information on acupuncture and fertility treatments, contact the New Hope Fertility Center team today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.