Can Acupuncture Boost Your Fertility?

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What is Acupuncture?

You might have heard of acupuncture before, but, chances are, you probably haven’t heard about it in relation to pregnancy. Acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative therapy that originated in China many years ago.

Acupuncture is done by placing a series of very thin needles around or at various pressure points on the body. It is an ancient science that has been done for over 3000 years, and, much like massage therapy, is considered by many to be a great alternative treatment method for infertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How Does Acupuncture Help Fertility?

It is important to realize that acupuncture in and of itself is not going to be a cure-all for infertility. It is recommended that it only be used in conjunction with other treatment methods, as a sort of “jump start” to help boost fertility.

Advocates of acupuncture treatments say that there are no side effects associated with the treatments, and they are great at reducing the stress associated with fertility treatments. Some patients do experience better pregnancy rates, and that the acupuncture treatments are responsible for improving blood flow to the female reproductive organs.

How Successful Is Acupuncture?

Whether or not acupuncture is a successful alternative fertility treatment method is something that not all experts are able to agree on. Some experts think that acupuncture does have a lot of real fertility benefits, and some think that the benefits are more mental than anything, with stress relief and quality of life being some of the biggest benefits.

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There are also critics of the treatment that say that there are not any real benefits of it after all. There are still many more studies that need to be done before a real definite answer can be given. There have been several studies done already, but the evidence found in the studies are sometimes contradictory and doesn’t always match up.

What Do The Studies Show?

There have been two different studies that show that acupuncture, given on the day that an embryo was transferred into the woman’s uterus, actually did improve pregnancy rates.

Another study, done by the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, showed that men who had fertility issues for unknown reasons, and women who had PCOS, also showed some benefits from acupuncture treatment. Not all insurance will cover acupuncture treatments, however, if you are interested in these treatments, make sure you check with your doctor first.

The Bottom Line

All in all, acupuncture is a great form of alternative medicine that can help with stress relief and improved quality of life, so even if it doesn’t help you to get pregnant, it might help you in other ways when you are dealing with infertility.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).