Can Acupuncture Help With Fertility Issues?

a pregnant womanInfertility is a devastating issue that prevents thousands of couples from conceiving all over the world. It affects both men and women equally; however female infertility is somewhat more complicated. This is due to the female reproductive system being a more intricate structure than the male system. More and more Westerners now realise the effectiveness of alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, for fertility issues.

Acupuncture can be used to treat male and female infertility; however, women are seeking out this treatment more than men are. Women often seem more willing than men to try a variety of treatment methods to help rectify their infertility issues.

Additionally, the female reproductive system is much more complicated than men. Because of these two things, more and more women are seeking out alternative medicine treatments to help rectify their infertility issues.

Even if only one partner is suffering from infertility issues, it is often recommended that both partners receive acupuncture treatments. This treatment not only helps to rectify fertility issues but also helps alleviate the stress of trying to get pregnant.

Fertility Acupuncture Methods For Those Undergoing IVF Treatments

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with IVF (In vitro fertilisation) treatments and has been found to increase the chances of fertility quite considerably.

One theory for this is that the acupuncture sessions will help to relax the woman, before and during the IVF procedure. Excess stress and anxiety have been shown to reduce the likelihood of fertility.

However, it has also been observed that regular acupuncture treatments before commencing IFV can help to regulate a woman’s cycle, which increases the chances of fertility and conception.

Furthermore, from the acupuncture sessions, it is also believed to have an effect on the hormone levels and production associated with a healthy reproductive system.

When Should a Woman Start Acupuncture if Undergoing IVF?

IVF treatmentStudies have shown women who begin fertility acupuncture sessions three to six months before undergoing IVF treatments are more likely to become pregnant than those who receive no acupuncture or those who start acupuncture at the same time they begin IVF treatments.

The reason for this is because the acupuncturist helps to prepare a woman’s body for IVF and pregnancy in the sessions leading up to the IVF procedure, bringing her body into a more harmonious and receptive state.

Using acupuncture for fertility seeks to correct any issues that are contributing to the woman’s infertility. For example, in Chinese medicine terms, a woman may have kidney yin deficiency, which is an extremely common, but easily correctable cause of infertility in females.

More complicated issue may see the woman as having liver qi stagnation or damp or cold in the uterus. It is also possible for a woman to be suffering from a combination of different ailments and conditions that can all be contributing to the overall symptom of infertility.

Other Treatments That May Be Beneficial

Massage

Because stress can lower the odds of becoming pregnant, many women also find that massage therapy can help improve fertility by relieving stress. By incorporating massage and acupuncture into fertility methods, a woman has a greater chance of becoming pregnant. These combined with IVF treatments have helped thousands of women to become pregnant.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture is also very efficient for several reasons. During the lead-up to the IVF cycle, the acupuncturist may select various points located on the ear to help reduce stress. This because these points have a very calming effect on the nervous system.

Other points on the ears are also chosen for their effectiveness in regulating the hormones. These points are also often needed at various stages during the IVF cycle.

Is Acupuncture A Good Option For Pain Relief?

an acupuncturist with a needleLiving with chronic pain is difficult. Some patients manage their chronic pain with anti-inflammatory medications, hot and cold treatments, exercises or physical therapy.

If you are not getting results with these treatments, then acupuncture could be a good option for you to try.

Many people come to acupuncture as a last resort, mainly because little is known about it by the public. However, more and more people are turning to this effective treatment method year after year.

Some medical professionals are still not in agreement on the benefits of acupuncture and whether or not this is a good option for chronic pain. However, there are many Doctors who do now condone this treatment method for pain relief and not only refer their patients to an acupuncturist, many of them are also now doing courses in acupuncture so they can administer the treatment themselves to their patients in need.

Furthermore, an international team of experts has conducted research on acupuncture and found that it is an efficient treatment for common forms of pain. A total of 29 studies have been carried out with 18,000 participants. Some patients received acupuncture while other received a placebo treatment made to look like acupuncture and others didn’t receive any treatments. The studies found that acupuncture helped with the pain in 50% of cases. The Archives Of Internal Medicine published the results of these studies.

This study is not a definitive proof of the benefits of acupuncture, but this is one of the best and most comprehensive studies that has ever been conducted, which is a great step forward for the acupuncture profession.

Some medical professionals think that there are many benefits associated with acupuncture and that the potential side effects outweigh the benefits, especially compared to other forms of treatments like medication.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture consists in inserting extremely thin needles into specific points on the body. This treatment is mostly painless. However, a patient may sometimes feel a momentary dull ache at the site of needle insertion or a slight electrical sensation traverse the areas along the channel pertaining to the acupoint.

The needles are meant to help energy flow freely in the body and relieve some pressure points. The energy is called ‘qi’, pronounced ‘Chee’. The April issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch had a piece on acupuncture and Western scientists. These scientists believe that acupuncture helps by affecting neurotransmitters, boosting the immune system and balancing hormone levels.

You shouldn’t go to the acupuncturist right away if you are experiencing a new pain. Dr Chen says that patients need to get a proper diagnosis first to make sure that the pain is not caused by something structural or severe, such as a slipped disc or fracture. Other treatments might be more relevant than acupuncture for those kinds of conditions.

Acupuncture can be a good way to treat chronic pain if you receive treatments on a regular basis. Weekly treatments are a good approach, but you can start waiting longer between treatments once you start getting results.

An acupuncture session usually costs between £40 and £90 here in the UK. In most cases, private insurers will not cover the cost of these treatments unless the practitioner is a member of one of the recognised governing bodies, such as the British Acupuncture Council or the Acupuncture Society.

If you’re unsure if your medical insurance will cover you for the treatment, firstly contact the acupuncturist you are planning to see to find out what qualifications they hold and if they are a member of one of the major governing bodies. Then, give your insurance company a call and explain to them that you want to have acupuncture treatment for your condition. They will ask you about the practitioner you are intending to see. Once they verify the practitioner, you are good to go