Infertility impacts roughly 12% of women between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the CDC. This leads many to seek out treatments to improve their odds of becoming pregnant—including fertility acupuncture. Orange County residents find that this traditional Chinese medicine may aid them in their efforts, as well as provide a host of other benefits.
Before we dive into the details of how acupuncture may help with becoming pregnant, let’s first explore some key components of acupuncture and what you can expect when you utilize this traditional Chinese medicine.
What is fertility acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been central to holistic healing practices for thousands of years and, during that time, has remained one of the most-trusted traditional medicine applications in both China and all over the world.
The ancient Chinese medicine helps in the treatment of a number of conditions by triggering certain points on our skin using needles. It may sound slightly counterintuitive or frightening, but acupuncture is a gentle practice. Despite the use of needles, acupuncture is minimally invasive, yet still powerful enough to stimulate the more sensitive areas of our bodies. It does this by stimulating:
And other bodily functions
Acupuncture’s impact on fertility
So, how does acupuncture impact fertility? Since acupuncture stimulates many bodily functions, it plays a role in enhancing some of the body’s essential roles related to pregnancy. This includes stress reduction, balancing key hormones, and increasing blood flow to reproductive organs. More specifically, acupuncture may help fertility by stimulating under-functioning thyroid (Hypothyroidism) as well as over-functioning thyroid (Hyperthyroidism).
Acupuncture may also promote the healing of certain conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. While it has not been shown to heal tubal adhesions occurring from either of these conditions, acupuncture’s stimulation may promote healing through improved ovarian and follicular function. It can also increase blood flow to the endometrium, which may result in a thicker, richer lining and healthier system.
When should you start treatment?
As each of our bodies is different, there’s no one-size-fits-all timeframe for receiving acupuncture fertility treatment. But like many treatments and regimens, finding a timeline and sticking with it is key to receiving its maximum benefits.
Depending on your ideal timeline, you may want to schedule appointments as far as three to four months before your desired date. This affords your body the best chance of making full use of the impact acupuncture can deliver.
Similarly, ceasing acupuncture is a case-by-case consideration. However, many women stop receiving treatment within their first three months of pregnancy. Most miscarriages occur within the first three months, so continuing treatment during this time may be advantageous for women who have had a particularly difficult time conceiving.
What are the risks?
Unlike some fertility and holistic treatments, there is very little risk involved. When you come to us, we place needles only in appropriate points to promote a better experience—never in areas that may compromise you or your baby’s health.
Furthermore, acupuncture remains one of the safest practices for expectant mothers, with very few medical conditions being reasons not to receive treatment. But as with any medical treatment, it’s always best to consult your doctor and determine if acupuncture is right for you. We’re confident that it likely will be.
Turn to Angela Kung for your fertility acupuncture
Want to learn more about how safe and effective fertility acupuncture can be? Reach out to us today and come see us at our Orange County office.