When you’re trying to become pregnant, you’ll look into anything to help you find success. There are so many underlying triggers to infertility, from diet and lifestyle factors to the presence of toxins and medical issues that it can seem overwhelming to know where to start. One great place to start is with acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries to balance qi (energy) in the body and provide homeopathic treatment for a variety of ailments. Acupuncture has also been linked with improved fertility rates among both men and women. In fact, women who regularly receive acupuncture treatments are more likely to get pregnant through IVF than women who don’t..
Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility Patients.
Stress Management: Chronic stress leads to a buildup of cortisol in the body, which leads to a fight or flight scenario. When we go into “fight or flight” mode, our bodies shut down all non-essential functions, including reproductive functions. Acupuncture reduces stress by promoting relaxation, which can reduce cortisol levels and help your hormones regain balance.
Prevent Miscarriage: Acupuncture has been linked with a reduced risk of miscarriage, especially among women using IVF to get pregnant. To prevent miscarriage, it’s best to continue treatment throughout the first three months of pregnancy.
Pain Management: Acupuncture reduces inflammation and swelling often caused by the physical stresses of a modern workplace (sitting at a computer, using a keyboard, etc.). It can also reduce neck and back tension, which will be beneficial while you’re going through IVF therapy and into pregnancy.
Better Sleep: In addition to relaxation, acupuncture is also linked to improved sleep and a reduction in insomnia and sleep apnea symptoms. When you’re trying to get pregnant (and once you are pregnant) sleep can be elusive. Acupuncture allows you to regain those hours of lost sleep.
Balanced Hormones: Acupuncture may treat some of the underlying causes of infertility, including hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture is also linked to improved thyroid function. Consult with your functional medicine expert to include a thyroid supplement such as Vitagenis Thyroid 150 to complement the benefits of acupuncture on thyroid function.
When Should You Get Acupuncture?
If you are planning on starting an IVF treatment, it’s best to start getting acupuncture treatments three to four months before your first round of IVF. This gives your body enough time to react to the acupuncture and create a healthy, safe space for the baby. If you’re not planning on using IVF anytime soon, however, you can start acupuncture any time you want. Since acupuncture can help prevent miscarriages, it’s a good idea to continue treatment through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when miscarriages are most likely to occur.
Best Acupuncture Practices:
Most studies agree that the best way to improve fertility is with a combination of acupuncture, IVF therapy, and stress-management programs. Don’t rely on just one methodology to improve your chances of getting pregnant. It’s also important to choose a qualified acupuncturist, as inserting needles in the wrong meridians can increase the risk of miscarriage.
To schedule your first appointment or learn more about how acupuncture can help you get pregnant, contact Lisanne Wellness Center today at 713-461-WELL.