Acupuncture and Assisted Reproductive Technology
Did you know acupuncture can help support you during fertility treatments?
One of the most painful experiences a woman hoping to conceive can deal with is learning she suffers from infertility. The sadness, frustration, constant waiting each month, and worry are overwhelming. It’s essential to remember that infertility is not a disease and it’s not an identity. Infertility is an imbalance in the body and millions of women around the world are affected. The ever-changing environment, stress, and heavy load of endocrine disruptors all have major impacts on our fertility. But if we are not helpless victims and to help change the course we must start inside our own bodies to realign this imbalance.
I’ve written many times on my blog how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help balance the menstrual cycle to promote fertility but it can also be used to support assisted reproductive treatments like intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization for both donor, non-donor cycles, fresh or frozen cycles, as well as controlled endometrial development. Often the medications used in these treatments can be hard on the body and cause physical and mental discomfort and at it’s most severe, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, if not treated immediately, can prove fatal.
Through acupuncture, moxibustion, diet and lifestyle changes Chinese medicine will help to support these reproductive cycles. It will help to decrease adverse effects of symptoms from the medication, improve positive outcomes, ensure the uterine lining is thick and ready for implantation, improve blood flow to the uterus, decrease stress, and promote optimal hormone levels.
Many times a doctor does not recommend acupuncture until there has already been one failed cycle. These treatments are incredibly expensive and take a huge emotional toll. I know I would want to be certain I was doing everything I could the first time so a second cycle would be unnecessary. If you or someone you know if experiencing infertility and seeking alternative methods I encourage you to share with her that Chinese medicine is beneficial to support assisted reproductive treatments.