If you’re desperate to have a baby, and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatments are looking like the only option to do so, we feel your pain. Conceiving isn’t easy for some of us, and IVF treatments can be expensive and hard on your body. But, did you know that in small sample sizes, acupuncture has increased the likelihood that a woman undergoing IVF gets pregnant? If you’re curious about this ancient fertility treatment, keep reading.
What is Acupuncture?
An ancient Chinese practice, Acupuncture is where a trained practitioner inserts very thin, sterile needles into specific parts of the body to help it work properly. The needles are inserted along channels or meridians of Qi (another word for life force), and are supposed to unblock and realign this energy, which can cause issues such as infertility when it is stagnant. Acupuncture aims to redirect the stagnant Qi in people ailing from many different issues, helping them become more healthy.
How can it help infertility?
Acupuncture needles placed at precise points along your energy channels may help this Qi come unstuck, which can then lead to your body healing and becoming more balanced. By targeting points that are linked to your fertility, and thus encouraging Qi to flow naturally, your practitioner can help you better conceive naturally (or in tandem with IVF treatments).
Many western doctors are starting to recommend acupuncture, though they may not recommend it for the Qi. Some doctors believe that acupuncture treatments can actually help you lower your stress. It’s true! Many people find they have lower stress levels after undergoing acupuncture, and some actually believe that the meditative appointments lead to development of stress-lowering skills. In short, acupuncture may be able to help calm your sympathetic nervous system, which can increase your chances of conceiving.
If you’re interested in Acupuncture treatments, it’s important to find a good practitioner with a good record. We may be able to suggest some good options for you. Call us today at (281) 444-3440 to learn more about your fertility and all the options we have for you.