Should You Consider Acupuncture for Fertility?

One of the most frustrating problems that can plague couples who want to have a baby is infertility. Although infertility is not something that most people can do anything about, it usually is because the male or the female have a specific problem that prevents them from becoming pregnant, like a low sperm count. One of the ways that some couples attempt to improve their chances is through acupuncture for fertility.

For those not familiar with the practice of acupuncture, it is a medical procedure that has its roots in ancient China. It involves placing needles in the body along certain pathways that Chinese alternative doctors have long thought were the secret to the whole health of the body.

While acupuncture is not really a recognized medical procedure in the Western part of the world, there are a number of professional organizations who have publicly stated that acupuncture does have its benefits, specifically when it comes to pain relief or insomnia. However, there is no scientific proof for acupuncture solving problems related to infertility.

However, there have been a number of people who espouse the benefits of acupuncture on everything from weight loss to psychological health, and there are a number who believe that acupuncture treatments can help with infertility, particularly in cases where doctors do not really know what is causing the couple to fail at getting pregnant.

Acupuncture is usually combined with a herbal treatment in order to work for infertility, and there is a long history of this type of treatment being used. However, even acupuncture experts agree that not all causes of infertility can be cured with acupuncture. For instance, if the infertility is caused by pelvic inflammatory disease or by andometriosis, then acupuncture may not be the best treatment.

Acupuncture may be an option where the patient is worried about a miscarriage. Acupuncture treatments are often given during the first full trimester of the pregnancy in order to give the patient the best chance for avoid a miscarriage.

Patients that turn to acupuncture usually have a condition like spasmed tubes, or FSH. Also hyperprolactinemia, polcystic ovarian syndrome, male sperm DNA fragmentation (low sperm count) as well as what is called idiopathic infertility, or infertility where the cause is unknown.

Even if you don't necessarily believe in the effectiveness of acupuncture for fertility, there is normally no harm in giving it a try. You do need to be sure that you are using a professional in the field, and an acupuncturist who specializes in infertility is preferred. Most states require that a practicing acupuncturist be licensed before they can treat patients.

Article Source: Jennifer Hanlop

1 comment:

  1. I haven't experienced going through an acupuncture session and by far, I haven't heard of any side effects. I would consider fertility acupuncture.