Friday, December 13, 2013

Can Acupuncture Help You Get Pregnant?

As with any medical condition proper treatment can't start until you know the cause of the problem. Not being able to get pregnant is only one symptom of a condition that must first be diagnosed before treatment can begin.

Both men and women for various reasons can have problems causing infertility. In women, diseases such as endometriosis, ovarian or ovulation disorders and low levels of progesterone can cause infertility. In men, low sperm count and motility, sperm blockage, aging, sexually transmitted diseases are common causes. Sometimes the cause is unknown.  

Is Acupuncture Treatment for Pregnancy Effective?

In some situations alternative techniques such as acupuncture for pregnancy is being applied successfully. Ear acupuncture can be effective in cases of infertility caused by problems with the ovary. Acupuncture along with certain herbs has the potential to improve ovarian and follicular function if this is the problem. While this method may work for some it doesn't work for tubal adhesions, endometriosis or other conditions.

The most effective fertility treatment combines acupuncture, herbal and traditional medicine.  For the purpose of increasing fertility Acupuncture patients receive treatment for several months before an attempt to inseminate either by natural, in vitro or by egg transfer.

Acupuncture has a long history of being used for treatment in infertility; however, it does have its limits. The key is to discover the underlying cause of infertility then you will know if acupuncture is a realistic option. In some cases where the cause is unknown acupuncture may be beneficial because it can increase blood flow to the endometrium. When blood flow increases it helps to promote a thick, rich lining that is conducive to fertility.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture has minimal risks when used for infertility however miscarriage can occur if incorrect acupuncture points are used. Anyone undergoing acupuncture treatment for pregnancy should seek an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility disorders in order to limit risk.

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