When you and your partner have decided it’s time to have a child, it’s difficult to wait. It’s even more difficult to hear that you can’t conceive naturally, and it can be disheartening to many couples when their doctor recommends fertility treatments. The first thing that pops into most people’s heads when thinking about fertility treatment is that they’re costly and also come along with health risks that some may deem too steep. However, when you’re faced with either fertility treatments or not getting the child you’ve dreamed of, it’s difficult to weigh the pros and cons. Thankfully, there is a safer alternative that won’t break the bank, and it’s useful in treatment of both men and women.
The use of acupuncture for fertility has been proven to be very effective. Acupuncture, briefly defined, is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting long, ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on your body. When needled, these points can regulate the way your body functions. When performed by a trained professional, acupuncture is considered to be of little risk to the patient – and the benefits are substantial.
Acupuncture for Infertility – How It Works and Studies
According to the American Pregnancy Association, acupuncture has been proven quite effective in the treatment of infertility, for a number of reasons. Acupuncture can be useful in the treatment of health problems like hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which affect fertility. It is also quite useful in reducing stress, which is often a key factor in fertility for both men and women. It even goes as far as to help treat spasmed tubes, and it has been shown to improve ovarian and follicular function, improving the likeliness of a woman who’s suffered from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or endometriosis’ chances of conception. One study, conducted by Indiana Reproductive Acupuncture in 2007, showed that there is a direct correlation between acupuncture and higher pregnancy rates; on average, acupuncture combined with fertility treatment has increased conception rates by a staggering 26%.
Western Medical Infertility Treatments vs. Acupuncture
When a woman undergoes fertility treatments in the United States, IVF can produce a 23-32 percent pregnancy rate. However, the medications also commonly cause side effects such as abdominal tenderness, bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, nausea, and some even believe there is a link to increase odds of breast cancer.
By contrast, acupuncture treatment for infertility has no side effects, while performing the same function as drugs do: stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and get to the root cause of infertility in women, as well as in men. Laurie’s patients have average a 70% success rate in getting pregnant, with or without western treatments and medications.
There’s also a rather large difference in the cost of acupuncture versus the cost of fertility treatments; medications for fertility treatment are between $3,000 dollars and $8,000 dollars on average. Acupuncture is less costly by a landslide, with the initial consultation being between $100 and $300 dollars on average, and each visit afterwards costing as little as $75 to $150 per session.
Acupuncture Can Work With Or Without Western Medical Infertility Treatment
If you or a loved one is having trouble trying to conceive, but you want to avoid the high costs and risks of fertility treatments, or you want to seek natural alternatives first or alongside your current fertility treatments, contact us to discuss acupuncture for infertility therapy.