Preparing Your Body For Potential Motherhood:
How Acupuncture Works to Improve Likelihood of Conception.
Pregnancy is an emotionally taxing process that includes the nitty-gritty financial conversations as well as the “how and where do we want to give birth”? Questions like these are not always easy but are necessary. Bringing new life into this world is a process that is biological and spiritual. Whichever direction you and your partner decide to go, we hope that you will consider acupuncture to prepare your body for pregnancy in a non-invasive and natural way.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, a non-profit that focuses on promoting pregnancy wellness and reproductive awareness, acupuncture can help by focusing on areas that “affect fertility such as an under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) or over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism).” Clinically, acupuncture as well as herbal medicine helps the woman for “improved ovarian and follicular function.” As a result, the treatments help the “increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.” With a thicker, richer lining—aided with acupuncture treatment as as well as herbal medicine—there is a higher chance of implantation after conception.
Acupuncture can also be used to during other treatments that are focused on pregnancy. A study that was done by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg showed that women can be encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. In another research project, led by scientists from The University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it was found that acupuncture did aid with implantation and pregnancy. There were two groups in the research—one that had sham acupuncture, where the women received acupuncture on points near acupuncture pressure points, and another that had real acupuncture that placed needles on pressure points. The former had a pregnancy rate of 23% while the latter had 31%. While the researchers concluded that the statistical difference is not substantial, they did acknowledge that while “[t]here was no significant difference in the pregnancy rate between groups… smaller treatment effect can not be excluded.” Finally, they stated that their results suggest that acupuncture was safe for women undergoing embryonic transfer. Therefore, if you and your partner are already on a plan for alternative pregnancy opportunities, acupuncture can be used to supplement your primary treatment plan.
It is difficult to express through western science how acupuncture aids in pregnancy, but the idea behind acupuncture helping young and even older couples with pregnancy is more process-orientated focused. We want to make sure that we can provide enough information for couples to make well-rounded decisions. Unfortunately, some of the mainstream conversations that deem acupuncture as ineffective is arguably misleading to couples trying to become pregnant. Your body is a vessel for a life that needs every advantage you can provide. Treatment plans that can better help prepare your body to be better equipped for conception, implantation and keeping the pregnancy should not be dismissed.
If you are worried about risks with acupuncture, please be advised to see if the acupuncturists you are seeing is registered with National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). When receiving treatment from a certified acupuncturist, you there are minimal risks using acupuncture safely. Make sure during your first consultation that you tell your acupuncturists any health risks that you may have (smoking, alcohol, addiction, etc) to ensure that both you and your provider are on the same page moving forward.
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