1 | Acupuncture as a FERTILITY Treatment
It’s a common misconception our society has adopted–that it is easy for most women to get pregnant. The truth is, that over 45 million couples struggle with infertility every year.
“1 in every 10 couples have problems with infertility”
There are different factors that affect fertility in women, specifically. Some of the more common ones are:
- Insufficient egg production
- Environmental toxins that disrupt endocrine system functionality
- Ovulation Failure
- Hormone Imbalances
- And Stress
Research has shown that acupuncture can increase women’s chance of conceiving by treating some of these problems. Acupuncture works by unblocking the flow of energy that runs through the body, allowing its systems to function properly and support things like conception and the rest of the pregnancy cycle.
By helping these systems to work the way they were designed to, increasing the blood flow to reproductive organs, and reducing stress, acupuncture can help women overcome their infertility.
“Acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%”
2 | BENEFITS of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Not only can acupuncture help women conceive, it can help to minimize the likelihood of a miscarriage during pregnancy, by maintaining proper flow of blood and energy in the systems that support a pregnancy.
It can also keep stress levels down that might interfere with or negatively impact carrying a child to term.
Most miscarriages occur within the first 3 months of pregnancy.
It is recommended to see an acupuncturist more regularly during the first trimester of pregnancy, since that is when most miscarriages occur.
Because acupuncture can be used to treat hormone imbalances and other causes of mental or psychological illness, it can help with depression during pregnancy, as well as post-partum depression.
“According to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 63% who received acupuncture for depression responded to treatment.”
Acupuncture can also reduce the severity of normal negative symptoms experienced during pregnancy, such as back pain, pelvic pain, and nausea.
Other symptoms like restless sleep or pregnancy-induced headaches and migraines can also be treated with acupuncture.
3 | DANGERS of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
“Is it safe to get Acupuncture during pregnancy?”
It’s a common question that acupuncturists hear. The truth is that, while Acupuncture is very safe when done correctly, there is always risk involved with inexperience.
Acupuncture is completely safe and even beneficial IF your acupuncturist really knows what they’re doing. General acupuncturists may not have experience with pregnant women and may only know how to treat pain, not knowing the possible dangers involved in hitting certain acupoints.
“The risk of miscarriage may increase if incorrect acupuncture points
are used during pregnancy”
Make sure that you see an acupuncturist that specializes in women’s health and acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy. Then you can be sure that they will know what points to avoid that could pose potential dangers to the baby or to you.