Can Acupuncture Help Women get Pregnant?

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1. What Is Acupuncture?

For thousands of years, Eastern medicine has used many natural and holistic practices to boost health that other cultures do not embrace. One of those practices that is now making its way to our Western culture is acupuncture. Acupuncture is the practice of sticking ultra-thin needles into various body parts.

Acupuncture-is-the-practice-of-sticking-ultra-thin-needles-into-various-body-partsThe specific parts, known as acupuncture points, can have different effects on the body, and can improve overall physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Millions of people for thousands of years can’t be wrong, can they?

2. Does Acupuncture Help Fertility?

Many people believe that acupuncture does indeed help female fertility. “Most experts think acupuncture improves fertility by helping blood flow to the uterus and ovaries,” says John Norian, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility in Southern California. Advocates of acupuncture therapy for fertility believe that it can help many different body processes related to fertility.

BeginningRepeated miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, thyroid issues that contribute to infertility. These are all some of the issues that advocates of acupuncture say that the practice can help with. Acupuncture also increases the levels of beta endorphins in the body. Elevated levels of beta endorphins can also raise the levels of luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone, which are both extremely important for fertility.

3. What Studies Say?

In 2002, a study was done on women who were already receiving fertility treatments. The group was split in half, and half of the women received fertility treatments only, while the other half received fertility treatments combined with acupuncture therapy. In just six weeks time, 26 percent of the fertility treatment only group was pregnant. The acupuncture plus fertility treatment group saw 42 percent of it’s women get pregnant, which is a great number.

This indicates that acupuncture can be exceptionally effective in boosting fertility when combined with fertility treatments. Of course, much more research is needed in this field and it will be interesting to see the results as more studies are done and acupuncture and other holistic treatment options continue to grow in popularity. Getting acupuncture treatments from a knowledgeable professional in the field is probably the most important thing to remember when you are seeking acupuncture for fertility.

Make-sure-that-your-therapist-knows-that-you-are-trying-to-conceive-and-make-sure-that-he-or-she-has-extensive-experience-in-that-areaMake sure that your therapist knows that you are trying to conceive, and make sure that he or she has extensive experience in that area. After you do get pregnant, definitely consider continuing your acupuncture treatments through the duration of your pregnancy and beyond. Acupuncture is great for overall fertility and well being, so make sure to give it a try.

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.
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