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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