Acupuncture for infertility is one of the more popular and recognized alternative treatments out there. But, is this treatment actually effective? Studies indicate that acupuncture shows beneficial results in treating infertility in both men and women. Let us look at how acupuncture can positively impact your chances of getting pregnant.
Regulating menstrual cycle
According to ancient Chinese medical wisdom, acupuncture brings balance to your body’s Ying’ and ‘Yang’ energies. Acupuncture needles gently stimulate your pressure points to release hormones and balance the flow of energy. If you currently experience irregular periods or heavy between during menstruation or between periods, acupuncture can help nudge your cycle back to normal.
Improving sperm quality
Some researchers found that acupuncture can reduce the number of structural abnormalities in sperm to increase the number of healthy sperm in men. Acupuncture corrects the larger imbalances in your body to boost sperm count.
Improving the quality of eggs
Acupuncture treatment increases the blood flow to your ovaries and this improves egg quality. You are likely to benefit from acupuncture if your blood tests reveal elevated FSH or low AHM. In Chinese medicine, such results indicate ‘kidney yin depletion’. In such cases, women who receive acupuncture treatment 3 months prior to trying to conceive, can improve their chances of getting pregnant.
Acupuncture as a complementary treatment
If you are already getting treatment for infertility, acupuncture can work in tandem with your conventional medication to balance your hormones and stimulate ovaries to further increase your chances of conceiving. If you’ve been experiencing poor responses to fertility medication, try to seek help from an acupuncture practitioner with your doctor’s blessings, once or twice a week. Acupuncture can restore balance to your body and prepare it to be more receptive to conventional medication. Some doctors even recommend getting acupuncture treatment directly before you get an IVF transfer and soon afterward as well.