Guest post today on Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (yay!) looking at the possibilty of acupuncture instead of, or in addition to, IVF for increasing pregnancy rates.

More and more people are discovering the many benefits of ancient Chinese medicine, which has been around for over 2000 years. Ancient Chinese medicine employs treatments that range from acupuncture to herbal medicine.

Acupuncture, in particular, has become a popular treatment in Western society for a variety of ailments, ranging from headaches to skin disorders. Because of the holistic nature of acupuncture, it has few side effects and is a relatively painless procedure. Very thin needles are gently inserted into the skin by a trained professional to various areas of the body for stimulation.

Acupuncture has also been proven to help women with the problem of infertility. Western women, more than ever, are seeking help with infertility, and acupuncture has proven to be a very useful alternative treatment.
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How Does Acupuncture Help With Infertility?

Generally the most popular western fertility treatment is IVF (In vitro fertilization), which involves combining the eggs and sperm outside of the mother’s body, and then transferring them to the mother’s uterus. However, an alternative to IVF is acupuncture, which has proven to help many women get pregnant when other options have failed.

Acupuncture treats women with a wide variety of issues that may be adversely impacting their fertility. It helps increase blood flow to the uterus, which then gives the egg a greater chance to be brought to term. Acupuncture also helps clear blocked tubes, and lower the stress levels in the mother, which also increases the chances of fertility. Stress has proven to be a factor in stopping women from becoming pregnant, because oftentimes stress can prevent a woman from ovulating.

Acupuncture can also monitor a woman’s thyroid, guiding it into balance if its over-functioning or under-functioning. Hyperthyroidism is a problem for fertility because if the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormones, then it can result in poor ovulation. By regulating the thyroid, proper ovulation can be encouraged, resulting in a greater chance of pregnancy.

What Is The Process Of Acupuncture Fertility?

Although treatments vary depending on the individual, generally the more treatments, the better chance a woman has in becoming pregnant. Acupuncture can be used in combination with herbal medicine and IVF. Women are recommended to get regular acupuncture treatments for at least three months to become pregnant.

Are There Any Side Effects To Acupuncture?

Since acupuncture is a holistic treatment that utilizes the body’s natural stimulation points there are almost no side effects to the treatments. In contrast to taking drugs, or other types of western medicine, acupuncture has NO negative risks, common to IVF, etc like:

  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pains
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Acupuncture is also generally cheaper than getting other Western forms of fertility treatments like IVF.
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Many women who have struggled with infertility have turned to acupuncture to get pregnant. The treatment has proven to be effective in helping women start the family they’ve always wanted. With more women working than ever, and waiting longer to have children, fertility acupuncture helps them also start the families they’ve always wanted. Anyone wanting to learn more about fertility acupuncture should consult with a professional who specializes in treating infertility.


Deena Cortez is a  fertility acupuncture therapy assistant to the specialist at Yu Family Clinic. She specializes in prepping the clients for their treatment.