The decision to undergo in vitro fertilization is never an easy one. Not only do you have to consider the financial cost, but the emotional cost can be just as high. Once you have made the decision to go ahead, you will want to know just what you can do to improve your chances of success and one quite surprising area which is often recommended is acupuncture for IVF treatment.
There are various alternative treatments which you might read about but acupuncture is probably the most commonly recommended-even by medical doctors. The technique involves inserting very fine needles into particular points over the body to improve the life energy flow. Many acupuncture specialists believe that fertility problems are caused by blockages in the pathways to the reproductive organs (these pathways are also known as “meridians”). The belief is that the stimulation of certain points will unblock the points, thus restoring fertility.
Not only that, but using acupuncture for IVF treatment is believed to have other considerable benefits. For example. Acupuncture is thought to reduce the side effects of the commonly used fertility drug, Lupron and can also help prevent ovarian hyperstimulation. In addition, it can also increase the blood flow to the reproductive organs, including the womb. Various studies have also indicated that women who receive treatment via acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer have increased pregnancy rates.
Although many women are put off the thought of acupuncture for IVF treatment due to the use of needles, women who have undergone the treatment are generally big advocates and say that it is not painful, as the needles are so fine, but that it is a very relaxing procedure.
Only you can decide if acupuncture for IVF treatment is suitable for you. However, as the results seem to be generally positive, then it is worthy of consideration as any discomfort or fear is probably a small price to pay for such potentially great results!