When you’re trying to conceive, you’ll look into anything to help you find success. From diet and lifestyle factors to the presence of toxins in your body, it’s overwhelming how many underlying triggers there are to infertility. Where do you begin? One great place to start is with acupuncture.
What is 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 means our bodies are constantly in a state of fight-or-flight. 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 decrease cortisol levels and help your hormones regain balance.
- Prevent Miscarriages
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 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 relaxing you, 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 can help you regain that lost sleep.
- Balanced Hormones
Acupuncture may treat some of the underlying causes of infertility, including hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture is linked to improved thyroid function. You can also consult our functional medicine expert, Dr. Jody Altman, and ask about including 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 IVF treatment, it’s best to start getting acupuncture treatments three to four months before your first round of In Vitro Fertilization. This gives your body enough time to adjust to acupuncture and create a healthy, safe space for your baby. If you’re not planning on using IVF, you can start any time. Since acupuncture can help prevent miscarriages, it’s helpful to continue treatment through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when miscarriages are most likely to occur.
Acupuncture For Fertility
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.
Acupuncture at Lisanne Wellness Center
Lisanne Wellness Center provides clients with a complete approach to fertility, including a range of on-site acupuncture treatments. 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.