While many women will quickly lament all of the struggles that come with pregnancy (i.e. morning sickness, swollen ankles, weight gain, etc.), others admit to struggling with getting pregnant in the first place. Both celebrities and non-celebrities have shared the respective hardships they've experienced while trying to start a family. When you add in increasing pressure from your friends and family (as well as complete strangers), it can really take a toll on you.
Because of this, many women look into different methods to improve their fertility so that they can finally become pregnant. One method that's been gaining popularity in recent years is acupuncture. Some women swear that acupuncture has improved fertility and helped in getting them pregnant. But does it actually work?
Before answering this question, it's important to understand what acupuncture is. It's a form of traditional Chinese therapy that uses thin stainless steel needles on certain spots of the body. These needles stimulate the body's channels of energy and help make the person feel calmer, sleepy or even more energized. That depends on where exactly the needles are on the body.
In addition, acupuncture can cause a person to feel either a drop or a rise in one's hormones. There may also be increased blood flow in the pelvic area. That's because your body shifts into what's known as healing mode, and that helps calm down your nervous system. Finally, there are no known negative side effects to acupuncture, aside from some minor bruising on the body.
When it comes to fertility and acupuncture, you can do it at any time during your fertility treatment. You can undergo acupuncture before trying in vitro fertilization (IVF), too. You can also do so being trying other methods to get pregnant, which may not be necessary. But again: does acupuncture work to aide fertility issues?
At the end of the day, it depends on the person. It's best to speak with your gynecologist or doctor before you try acupuncture. That's because many conditions such as a blocked fallopian tube can't be fixed by doing acupuncture- a doctor is better. Also, don't consume any Chinese herbs until your doctor gives you the green light to do so. They can hinder your fertility, as well as hurt pregnancy further.
But if you do try acupuncture to improve fertility, it's best to choose one who specializes in this matter. Not all acupuncturists know how to aide infertility, so it's best to go with one who knows what they're doing. It may work, but it may not- yet if you're willing to try acupuncture, why not?