More women are using acupuncture as a supportive therapy to optimize fertility as they prepare to get pregnant – either naturally or with IUI or IVF. Some of my clients are even being referred to acupuncture by their doctors as a part of their fertility program. Acupuncture is a gentle therapy with virtually no side effects. Read on for more on how acupuncture may help fertility and what you need to know.
Research about Acupuncture for Fertility
A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports that when acupuncture was used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, the conception rates increased by 26%. Both conception rates and “take home baby” rates were significantly higher for the test group of women who used acupuncture alongside conventional IUI treatments.
Acupuncture helps reduce effects of Stress
Stress is now being linked as a contributing factor in many cases of subfertility. Studies have shown that Acupuncture can naturally help increase the release of endorphins – our “happy hormones”, while also helping reduce the over-production of cortisol – our “stress hormone”. Acupuncture treatments are relaxing, restful times for your body and mind to regenerate.
Acupuncture helps improve circulation
Research shows that Acupuncture can help improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and increasing the blood and oxygen flow in our bodies. Bringing nourishing blood to the organs, tissues and glands of the body restores and allows them to function optimally.
In Fertility Acupuncture protocols the focus is on improving general circulation, but also specifically blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Acupuncture and the Neuro-Endocrine System
Acupuncture is thought to benefit hormonal health by improving the communication between your endocrine and reproductive systems. This in turn can benefit sleep, mood, digestion, mentruation and healthy function of the reproductive systems.
Where to find Acupuncture for Fertility in Toronto
While acupuncture is now a regulated act available from a variety of professionals in Ontario – not all acupuncture is necessarily the same. Apart from Registered Acupuncturists, TCM Practitioners and Naturopaths, other acupuncture providers may include medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists. Many of these practitioners focus on acupuncture for pain relief only.
While each practitioner has their own strengths and scope of training, it is important to know that fertility-focused acupuncture is a wholistic approach based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When choosing your provider, it is important to ask about their scope of practice and level of training in Acupuncture for Fertility.