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The Science Behind Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

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Infertility is becoming increasingly common. It is estimated that around 10% of women of childbearing age in the country (ages 15-44) experience problems with fertility. Women with fertility problems experience difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

Infertility Causes

There are several causes of infertility. Age, ovulation disorders, excess alcohol or nicotine consumption, fallopian tube damage, and uterine or cervical abnormalities can all increase a woman’s risk of infertility. Some other risk factors include age and being underweight or overweight.

Acupuncture and Infertility

Many women grappling with fertility problems use acupuncture to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. The ancient Chinese practice involves inserting paper-thin needles through the skin at specific points, known as acupoints, on the body to restore the natural flow of energy.

Many women use acupuncture with IVF. Studies show that women who use acupuncture in conjunction with IVF are twice more likely to have a baby than those who use just IVF. When compared to traditional care, acupuncture can decrease miscarriage rates by 43%.

One of the many compelling reasons to use acupuncture is that, unlike many traditional treatment methodologies and infertility drugs, it doesn’t have any major side effects, is non-invasive, and completely drug-free. Acupuncture treats the underlying cause of infertility, not just its symptoms.

How Can Acupuncture Help?

Reproductive organs need blood, oxygen, and other nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy. Stress, aging and some health conditions lead to reduced uterine blood flow.

Research suggests that acupuncture may increase blood flow by causing the blood vessels to dilate. When vessels dilate, they supply blood rich in nutrients to the uterus and ovaries. Increased ovarian blood flow may result in improved response to medications. When blood flow to the uterus increases, the uterine lining thickens. This creates the ideal environment for implantation.

Stress can hurt a woman’s chances of having a baby. Acupuncture can help reduce stress by stimulating the brain to produce feel-good hormones including endorphins, a natural pain-killing chemical while reducing the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.

Acupuncture causes tensed muscles and the mind to relax. No wonder IVF patients feel more relaxed (many people even fall asleep) during treatment.

Wondering where you can get acupuncture in Walnut Creek? Look no further than Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness. Whether you have tried several times, but haven’t been able to conceive or have had a miscarriage, we can help. To connect with one of our expert acupuncturists, book an appointment right away!