Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment which involves insertion of fine needles at different parts of the body. It is based on the belief that the body requires a balance in its energy to stay healthy. It has been used to help in healing of the body. Recently, there has been an interest in acupuncture and infertility.
Popularity of acupuncture is still low. This can be attributed to the lack of a scientific explanation of how it works. Some the theories have been developed though to try and explain this. They range from changing the central nervous system to alter blood pressure regulation and body temperature to stimulating the central nervous system causing neurotransmitters and neurohormones resulting in the body naturally healing itself.
Despite the lack of a scientific explanation, acupuncture has proven to work in cases such as quitting smoking.
Over the years, acupuncture has been used to test whether it can help cure infertility. The results were amazing. In 2002, a study was carried out in Germany on groups of 80 women. The first group underwent acupuncture and intro-vitro fertilization. The second group did not undergo acupuncture but underwent intro-vitro fertilization. 34 in the first group became pregnant as compared to 26 in the second group. Similar studies have been carried out in the United States with a better success rate.
The two studies showed two things. First, that acupuncture can help treat infertility and second, that the women who undergo acupuncture are less likely to have a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
There are a number of things that are necessary for acupuncture to succeed in the treatment of infertility.
You will need to find a professional acupuncturist. These are experts in the profession with some taking it as a full time job. Ensure that the acupuncturist you choose has the various certifications necessary. Finding a professional reduces the risks that come with acupuncture like puncturing of organs, transmission of infectious diseases, excessive bleeding among others.
To find a professional acupuncturist, find out from your friends or visit your doctor fr referrals.
Another thing that is necessary for the success of acupuncture is time. Acupuncture is not a one time treatment. It involves many sessions. Find a schedule that will be convenient for you. It is recommended that women undergo acupuncture treatment for at least three months before having IVF.
Many acupuncturists will recommend use of some Chinese herbs along with the acupuncture. In many cases, the herbs are seen to create an even greater effect on the treatment. If you are taking any additional herbs, make sure to notify your doctor. They might interact with the fertility medication you are taking.
Acupuncture also requires that you trust your body to heal itself. It is amazing what belief can do for the body. It eliminates all stress factors which can hinder effective recovery and encourages the body to heal.
There are many studies going on to determine the link between acupuncture and infertility. The procedure has been seen to work in numerous cases. Anyone who wants to get pregnant should never be deterred from doing so. Take the first step and go for acupuncture.