Is Acupuncture for Infertility Right for You?
When trying to become pregnant, you should always consult your obstetrician before changing fertility treatments. If you’re thinking about trying acupuncture to help your infertility, here are some questions to ask yourself to determine if acupuncture is right for you.
- Have you been trying to become pregnant using Western medicine, and it still isn’t working? If so, you may want to talk to your doctor about acupuncture. Many physicians will first recommend you try more standard methods for fertility problems than acupuncture.
- Are you currently trying In Vitro fertilization and embryo transfer? Studies have shown that women undergoing In Vitro fertilization who simultaneously use acupuncture have a significantly higher chance of becoming pregnant. Often, treatment would occur about a half hour before and a half hour after embryo transfer.
- Is the cause of your infertility problems functional or structural? Acupuncture works best for functional problems (e.g. irregular ovulation) rather than structural problems (e.g. fallopian tube damage) since it is designed to increase energy flow and not repair physical body parts.
- Are you afraid of needles? Acupuncture does not hurt like a shot, although most people do feel slight tingling for a few days after the therapy. You can talk to an acupuncture specialist to address these fears and get a personal recommendation.
- Are you on blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder? If so, acupuncture can be very dangerous and should be avoided.
- How comfortable are you with trying something “alternative”? Because acupuncture depends on your mental commitment as well as physical involvement, you should not be in great fear of acupuncture. You can talk with a specialist to understand exactly how the procedure would work for your needs.