Derived from the ancient Chinese, it is believed to help with infertility by preparing your body for conception.
In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted at certain sites of the body for the stimulation of nerves that are located under the skin or in underlying muscles. The body responds with production of pain-relieving hormones (endorphins), which are known to have a variety of beneficial effects.
You may choose to have acupuncture in parallel to your fertility treatment and assisted reproduction, as it can help you reaching an emotional and hormonal balance.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that energy flowing through the human body unhindered brings balance and health, and that if this flow becomes disrupted, it can cause illness. The use of needles is intended to restore this energy flow, and therefore, health and balance.
How is acupuncture done?
Acupuncture practitioner will first ask you about your general health, medical and fertility history. Then, the insertion of fine needles in regions of your body identified as acupuncture points will take place. Normally, no pain or discomfort is involved. When the needles are in place, they may be left there for up to 30 minutes. Typically, a session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour in total.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture can help with:
- Reducing stress
- Emotional balance
- Hormonal balance
- Hormonal stimulation
Overall, a positive acupuncture experience can greatly aid your mind and your body for your fertility treatment.