Many women are waiting to get pregnant into their 30’s or 40’s. When they do try to conceive, they might be surprised when it is not as easy as they thought! Stress, poor diet, smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight/underweight, PCOS, thyroid conditions and changes in hormones can all make it more difficult to get pregnant. Before jumping to invasive fertility procedures, many women are wondering if acupuncture can help boost their fertility or possibly increase their chances of IVF success.
If you have been trying for six months or more, especially if you are over age 35, it’s a good idea to check in with your gynecologist to make sure there are no medical reasons for your fertility troubles. If you do not have blocked fallopian tubes or fibroids causing your problem, acupuncture has been found to be very effective at naturally increasing fertility levels by stimulating ovulation and increasing blood flow to the uterus. It can also help women maintain a pregnancy through the first trimester — when they are most vulnerable to miscarriage.
A study in 2002, published in Fertility and Sterility, demonstrated that acupuncture was as effective as Clomid (a common ovary stimulating medication) in helping women get pregnant. In addition, if women were going through IVF treatments, adding acupuncture significantly increased their chances of success. In the video in this blog article, I show insertion of an acupuncture needle into my calf, so you can see how small the needles are and how easy it is! You can also learn more about acupuncture for fertility in this great article at WebMD: The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment
If you have been struggling to get pregnant, I highly suggest having a consultation/examination to determine if you would be a good candidate for fertility acupuncture. We will discuss your history, lifestyle and what you have already tried. Most patients have acupuncture treatments twice a week for 1-3 months, depending on their needs. Some get pregnant on the first cycle and then we change acupuncture points to help them maintain their pregnancy and avoid a miscarriage. The initial consultation/examination is generally covered by insurance and acupuncture treatments cost $50/session — making it one of the lowest cost fertility treatments available. Click here to schedule your consultation online today.
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