Acupuncture for PCOS & Infertility

Acupuncture is something I have been doing a lot of research on lately. I think it is important to take as natural and holistic of an approach with our health as we possibly can. (Also, I have mentioned before that when fertility is an issue, we become desperate and try anything that could be potentially helpful) It is certainly something I am interested in trying once I come off of Birth Control, as it can be beneficial in both TTC (trying to conceive) and regulating periods/relieving PCOS related pain. But I would love input from women who have tried it.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medical practice that has been documented for nearly 5,000 years. It is a procedure where a Certified Tech uses tiny needles to penetrate the skin. It is believed that the needles stimulate pressure points to create a flow of both “energy” and the proper blood flow to whatever organ they are working on. In our case, the Uterus. Others say that the needles penetrate specific nerves that send signals to the brain to create a feeling of euphoria and to reduce pain. Acupuncture is painless and in most cases is very relaxing much like Massage Therapy.

When a woman goes in for Acupuncture for either PCOS or Fertility, the main focus is to get proper blood flow to the uterus and to encourage stimulation to the reproductive organs. It is also said that it can actually regulate our hormones. This acupuncture can be done without also partaking in fertility treatments, but is highly recommended for those going through IVF or IUI. In most cases it will be done immediately before and after IUI and Embryo transfers. Data shows that pregnancy rates increased by 17% for those who had acupuncture along with their treatment. (Boston IVF) I don’t know about you, but that 17% seems worth it to me.

So, my fellow TTC, Infertile, PCOS, DESPERATE ladies; What is your experience with this? Have you tried it? What was the outcome? Would you recommend it to others?

Please, share your experiences with us! And if I decide to give it a try, I will update you with my experience/feelings about it!

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Hello! My name is Heather, and I am a 30 something year old looking to share my experiences through PCOS, Infertility, and my journey to Self Love.

11 thoughts on “Acupuncture for PCOS & Infertility

  1. I am currently over three months in, on acupuncture. I wasn’t completely sure what to expect, but like you, felt a holistic approach was important. I did a lot of research and selected a fertility specific acupuncture place. They asked SO many questions to find a “diagnosis” (the place I go to, tries not to use the word diagnosis) during my first visit. I go once a week, and each week they ask where I’m at in my cycle, how my eating habits are, what I’ve been feeling, stress levels etc. Depending on where you are in the cycle, depends on where they place the pins. Each of my appointments (minus the first one) is about an hour. They have also asked that I start taking herbs, which I do, in order to help from the inside and when I’m not in for an appointment.

    I had to reschedule my appointment the other day, and actually found myself a little sad that I wasn’t going. It forces you (or maybe just me) to slow down and relax. I use that time to say prayers, affirmations and any other positive thinking. I didn’t expect it to work overnight, but I was hoping by passing the three months, that I would start seeing/feeling/imagining signs that this is working. I see/feel/imagine nothing different (to be completely honest).

    With that being said, I would recommend it for several reasons. First, you’ll never know if you don’t! It’s a cheaper option than other “treatment” plans and when you combine acupuncture with IUI or IVF, your odds can go up exponentially. Last, they help pinpointed some “problem” areas in which I have never realized. Like, my feet are almost always cold. I just took that as something normal. This is not the case and cold feet can actually be a bad thing for trying to conceive.
    If you do try it, I hope you enjoy the experience and find it beneficial.

    1. Thank you SO much for all of the wonderful information! This is exactly what I’d hoped I would get out of posting this, an honest review of experience! I’m glad you got [something] out of the acupuncture even if it’s not exactly what you were looking for. Sending positive vibes your way, I hope everything works out for you!

  2. I had fertility acupuncture which I’m sure helped improve my egg counts in my cycles,in addition my acupuncturist was so lovely and acted as a counsellor as well, supporting me throughout cycles in a way friends/family couldn’t due to her knowledge and experience so I really recommend it…I had to choose between acupuncture and Mayan Massage as fitting both in and paying for both was a bit much 😉

    1. That is so wonderful! It’s so true too, how these people become part of our support system. I have never heard of a Mayan Massage, it sounds wonderful though lol. And girl, I know. It is EXPENSIVE!!! lol

  3. I continued down the “I’ll try anything” road and started acupuncture a few weeks ago, hoping it pairs well with my IUI! I was planning on posting about it after a couple more rounds because as of right now I haven’t noticed a ton of difference (but I also haven’t had a chance to get regnant either).

    1. Ohh I hope it helps for you! Definitely share your thoughts with us!! I have my fingers crossed for you! 🙂

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