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At Queen West Physiotherapy & Acupuncture, we have a dedicated program for those trying to conceive. Our Acupuncturist has had many successful cases using acupuncture to treat infertility issues, and he can help you overcome any reproductive issues you may have.

How does acupuncture work when treating infertility?

acupuncture-infertility-featuredAcupuncture promotes the circulation of blood in the pelvic cavity and improves ovarian function. Acupuncture treatment for infertility is beneficial for promoting follicle production, improves uterine lining thickness and uterine blood flow. Acupuncture for infertility, when used alone, is most effective for those who experience functional problems, such as irregular ovulation, rather than a structural problem such as a blockage in the sperm duct. Acupuncture helps by regulating your body’s systems, this aids in blood flow to your reproductive organs and stabilizes hormone levels which in turn helps to increase ovarian function in women and sperm production in men. When used as a complementary form of therapy for women undergoing fertility treatments, it has been proven to be especially beneficial. Many studies have shown that acupuncture definitely increases the rate of pregnancy in women who are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Can acupuncture be used to treat infertility?

Acupuncture, combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some, but not all, cases of infertility.

When should acupuncture treatment begin?

Acupuncture similar to physiotherapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more, than to do less. The duration of your acupuncture program is personalized to your individual requirements and some may require more, or less, treatment time than others.

When should I stop getting acupuncture?

Typically most miscarriages occur within the first 3 months of pregnancy. Consequently, treatment of patients may often last through week 12 to help prevent miscarriage.

What are the risks of acupuncture?

There are minimal risks when using acupuncture for infertility. Acupuncture is generally safe, despite a person’s medical history. The risk of miscarriage may increase if incorrect acupuncture points are used during the pregnancy. This is one reason why those deciding to include acupuncture in their treatment regimen should only be treated by a Certified Acupuncturist.

What type of fertility patients typically get acupuncture?

Acupuncture may be used to treat any sort of fertility disorder. Acupuncture is often combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, and many other infertility conditions.

Regular acupuncture treatments can be very helpful in regulating hormonal imbalances. It should be noted that acupuncture is considered to influence the hormonal regulation centers in the brain, and therefore, improvement in hormonal status can occur over time.

How do I know that the acupuncture is working for me?

The main focus of acupuncture is to help improve your overall health. As patients receive a series of treatments, many of them experience improvement in their well-being, which includes: more restful sleep, decreased anxiety, increased energy, better digestion etc. These emotional and physical shifts in the body can only help to positively influence your chances of conceiving.

Where do the needles go?

The exact location will vary from person to person and from treatment to treatment. A few of the more well known points, traditionally used to influence the female reproductive organs, are located in the lower back, lower abdomen and the legs.

When during my cycle should I get acupuncture?

Compared with many fertility drugs, that have a powerful effect, but for a short duration, the immediate effect of acupuncture is generally very subtle. The cumulative effect from regular treatments can produce significantly longer lasting benefits. It is recommended that you receive treatments on a regular basis, throughout your cycle. Your Acupuncturist will advise you in the best treatment plan for you to follow.

I will be going through IVF, when should I start acupuncture?

While some patients respond to acupuncture quickly, it should be known that acupuncture certainly does not work overnight. The recommended treatment schedule is based upon consideration of a variety of factors in each individual case. We recommend you contact our Acupuncturist to find the best option for you in starting your acupuncture sessions.