Acupuncture and Fertility

By Joseph Davis, D.O.

The journey to building a family is different for each woman. For some it involves medical treatments or surgery and for most some element of stress or uncertainty. Dealing with these challenges can be hard. Many women preparing to be pregnant want to focus on wellness and try to be as natural as possible. Acupuncture is a great way to improve wellbeing while minimizing risk of potential side effects seen with some medications. Many aspects of the family building journey can be addressed with acupuncture. Treatments can assist with ovulation problems, miscarriage, as well as stress and anxiety to name a few. Often it can be an adjunct to fertility treatments and may improve the body’s ability to respond to medications if needed.

It is important to find a provider that is adequately trained and licensed to treat the conditions you have. Much like medical doctors, some acupuncturists specialize in particular areas like fertility or stress management. Discuss with your provider their experience with your situation and make sure they are a good fit for what you need. Often Chinese herbs are an additional treatment with acupuncture. These can be hard to know if they are safe or not especially if the herbs are grown in areas of the world with poor environmental standards. Always talk freely with your providers about herbs and supplements and ask about safety.

Ultimately your goals and your providers goals should be aligned and focused on helping you achieve a healthy and happy pregnancy. Incorporating healthy eating, exercise, sleep and behaviors into your journey is so important. Acupuncture is an additional component to consider that can be helpful and more natural than some medical treatments.


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