Does Acupuncture for Fertility Actually Work?

When it comes to fertility concerns, there are a number of different avenues you can
explore.  Cure is a particularly strong word when talking about acupuncture for fertility,
however, the evidence that acupuncture can help increase your chances of getting pregnant
is more than just word of mouth.

Acupuncture for Fertility

In recent years, a number of medical studies have found that women who receive
acupuncture treatment – whether to treat certain conditions that can affect fertility like
polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or to help increase the success of IVF treatment have a
higher rate of pregnancy and healthy births.  Acupuncture can help to lower your stress
levels.  This is extremely important as stress hormones can have an effect on certain fertility
hormones like progesterone.

How Does Acupuncture for Fertility Work?

So how does acupuncture for fertility actually work?  Acupuncture is part of traditional
Chinese medicine.  This practice involves placing the needles at certain spots on the body.
The needles will stimulate the body’s channels of energy.  Depending on where acupuncture
needles are placed, a person can begin to feel sleepy, calmer or energized.  People can also
experience a drop or rise in certain hormones.  Acupuncture can also help increase blood
flow to areas of the body, like the pelvis.  There are virtually no negative effects to using
acupuncture, other than occasional bruising.

Acupuncture has been known to help people with fertility concerns.  Acupuncture for fertility
can begin at any time.  Using acupuncture to ‘prep’ your body before you undergo fertility
treatments can help you to deal with side effects like fatigue, moodiness and nausea.

Here at the Birkenshaw Midwifery Clinic, we are strong believers in the power of medical
acupuncture.  As well as helping ready your body for fertility treatments, acupuncture can
also be effective in relieving the daily aches and pains during pregnancy.

If you think acupuncture for fertility could work for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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