You probably already know that acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that promote health and well-being by inserting thin needles into specific points on the body…
But did you know that in recent years, acupuncture has become a popular and natural way to improve fertility? And that many couples are turning to this practice to help them conceive?
Acupuncture for fertility works by balancing the body’s energy flow, or Qi, and improving blood flow to the reproductive organs. This can help regulate hormones, reduce stress, and improve the quality of eggs and sperm, all of which can increase the chances of conception!
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be an effective way to boost fertility. In fact, according to FertilityIQ.com, “the women who added more acupuncture sessions were twice as likely to have a baby compared to women who did IVF alone, and 60% more likely when compared with women who just had two acupuncture treatments on the day of embryo transfer. Acupuncture helped their IVF outcomes.”1
Acupuncture has also been shown to improve sperm quality in men. In one study, men who received acupuncture treatments twice a week for five weeks showed a significant improvement in sperm concentration and motility compared to those who did not receive acupuncture. 2
In addition to its physiological benefits, acupuncture can also help reduce stress and anxiety, which can be a major barrier to conception. Fertility treatments can be stressful and emotionally taxing, and acupuncture can provide a calming and relaxing experience that can help couples feel more positive and hopeful about their chances of conceiving.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe, although it is important to seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist—like Dr. Julie Tran-Olive at Silicon Valley Natural Health—who has experience in fertility acupuncture. She can work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and concerns and monitor your progress over time.
Remember though, while acupuncture can be an effective way to improve fertility, it is not a standalone treatment and should be used in conjunction with other fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI. Make sure you work closely with your fertility specialist to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all aspects of your fertility.
In conclusion, acupuncture for fertility is a safe and effective way to boost your chances of conceiving. By promoting balance and harmony within the body, acupuncture can help regulate hormones, improve blood flow, and reduce stress, all of which can increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you are struggling with infertility, consider adding acupuncture to your treatment plan to improve your overall chances of success.
1 Rubin , L. H., DAOM, LAc, FABORM (n.d.). How Acupuncture Impacts IVF Success Rates. FertilityIQ. Retrieved April 25, 2023, from https://www.fertilityiq.com/topics/acupuncture-for-fertility/how-acupuncture-impacts-ivf-success-rates#:~:text=The%20women%20who%20added%20more,Acupuncture%20helped%20their%20IVF%20outcomes.
2 Pei, J. Strehler, E., Noss, U., Abt, M., Piomboni, P., Baccetti, B., & Sterzik., K. (2005). Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility. Fertility and Sterility, 84(1), 141–147. Retrieved from http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(05)00591-1/pdf