Acupuncture for Infertility Tips
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are thinking about getting acupuncture to treat infertility:
- Before seeking acupuncture therapy, visit an obstetrician to determine if acupuncture is a possibility. An obstetrician can diagnose your fertility problems and advise you on possible treatment options. Incorrect diagnosis (e.g. by an acupuncture specialist who is not an obstetrician) and resulting treatment can further complicate your infertility problems.
- If you do decide to try acupuncture, make sure your obstetrician is aware of your acupuncture treatment plan. Your obstetrician may give you important information about your particular condition and know about possible dangers.
- Don't take any herbs without the consent of your obstetrician or reproductive medicine specialist. Herbs can harm the fetus. This is a list of herbs to avoid when pregnant: Herbs to Avoid.
- When combining in acupuncture with In Vitro fertilization, plan ahead. Acupuncture use is most effective and safest when used 3-4 months prior to an In Vitro fertilization cycle instead of at the end of the cycle.
- Get a pregnancy test before proceeding with your next acupuncture treatment. It’s important that you stop using acupuncture as soon as you’re pregnant because acupuncture can stimulate excessive hormone production that can endanger the fetus, cause a miscarriage or induce labor by simulating contractions in the uterus.
- Your acupuncture practitioner should be certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Also, look for an acupuncturist associated with a major academic medical center because they will know about the most recent developments in acupuncture for infertility.
- Insist on disposable surgical stainless steel needles. One study found that infection from improperly handled needles could be as high as 35%. Practitioners with the above certification are required to follow rules on sterility with all medical devices.
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