For many women like yourself, getting pregnant and having your own children is a lifelong certainty. It’s a goal you just naturally believe will be realized when the time is right. When that right time comes, however, you may find it isn’t that easy, and frustration and despair can set in after months and months of uncertainty.
Infertility treatments can be expensive and involve all sorts of injections, procedures and prescription medications, all with potential side effects. But there are many natural ways that have been proven safe and widely effective to countering infertility. Acupuncture is one of these means, and combined with herbal remedies, has been known to be an effective method to increase fertility and successful pregnancy.
Acupuncture’s Proven History and Effectiveness
Acupuncture and acupressure have been used for thousands of years, first in the Far East and now increasingly all over the globe. The ancient practice is used for many ailments, such as headaches, stress and pain management.
In the last few years, Western fertility specialists have also been turning to acupuncture as a safe and natural method to help women conceive. This method involves sterile needles – so fine they are the width of a hair, so most patients don’t even feel it – and are spread throughout the body in a special pattern, usually on the lower belly and the arms and legs, though it’s different for every patient.
They are meant to promote balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They are placed on certain pressure points to stimulate positive energy. This energy, known as Qi, restores the body to a restive and restorative state. It is a state most receptive to creating and nurturing a new life.
How Does Acupuncture Increase Fertility?
Nobody quite understands why it works, just that it does. Traditional Chinese thought states that our body has natural pathways called meridans that conduct this qi energy. When these pathways are blocked, pain and illness occur. Needles placed at strategic points reopen these meridans, healing the patient.
Seen from this point of view, infertility is caused by an imbalance and blockages of such energy in the body, and acupuncture is the corrective force. From a holistic view, the certified acupuncturist will look at your entire body to see what is blocking your body from getting pregnant. Many women who become pregnant after or during acupuncture experience easier first trimesters.
Acupuncture also works on men, and when during your first consultation, bring your partner along, as well. Studies have seen a definite increase in sperm motility, quality, and production after one month of twice-a-week treatments.
Western researchers are starting to see what is going on in the body that makes acupuncture works – for instance, electromagnetic currents within the body helps increase blood flow to the reproductive system. It decreases stress hormones and increases feel-good endorphins. It also helps regulate ovulation and menstruation. All these factors not only increase fertility but also the chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Are There Downsides?
There are not many downsides to acupuncture. It can be time consuming. It usually takes 2 to 3 thirty minute sessions per week and can require a few months of treatment. Many cite a fear or apprehension of needles that can neutralize the benefits, but most experienced acupuncturists will either help the patient work through it or adapt the treatment and use acupressure instead.
Also, a lot of practitioners cite bad lifestyle and stress for contributing to these energy blockages in the first place. For acupuncture to work properly, you also need to change some of your habits so the problems don’t return and hamper your fertility. These habits can include anything from bad posture to job stress to inadequate diet. Unlike expensive magic pills to boost fertility, you have to work holistically to heal your own body as well.
The biggest downside is in the hands of the practitioner. There are pressure points on your body that will increase the chances of a miscarriage due to stimulation and contraction of the uterus. To prevent this, make sure you see a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in fertility and pregnancy. Ask for references from your doctor and friends. Look on fertility message boards in your area for a few names. Make sure they are licensed and ask for their credentials.
For most women trying to conceive, acupuncture is an option that should not be overlooked. Its rate of effectiveness and the centuries of practice are testaments to its value. The natural stimulation promotes both the man’s and the woman’s reproductive system to heal problems on its own, and aims for total body health overall. These safe, natural and inexpensive methods are definitely something to look into.