Acupuncture is one of the more popular alternative treatments used for infertility. More and more fertility centers are offering acupuncture.
"Unlike a conventional doctor, acupuncturists look for patterns of disharmony,". "No symptom in Chinese medicine makes sense except in relation to other signs and symptoms."
After taking the history, next comes the acupuncture treatment itself.
For the treatment, you lie down on a special table while the tiny, hair-thin acupuncture needles are placed in different spots on the body.
Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt?
Heather*, a clinical social worker in New York City, tried out acupuncture to help her with her infertility. After three unsuccessful IUIs and an unsuccessful IVF treatment, she switched doctors. The new doctor surgically treated her for endometriosis, after which they tried three IUI treatments again. On the third IUI (or sixth, if you include the first three), she got pregnant.
She tried out acupuncture while going through fertility treatments and was, at least at first, concerned about the needles.
"I was hesitant to try it our only because I hate needles," Heather says. "Who doesn't, right? I figured after going through the needles used for progesterone, I could handle this. And to my surprise, it was such a positive wonderful experience."
"I was amazed at how attentive and knowledgeable my acupuncturist was," Heather continues. "I found the needles to be painless; actually you really don't feel them at all. There are times when you feel a sensation when they are first inserted, but that goes away.
"I always found that I was much calmer and relaxed after leaving my session. It was great because infertility can leave you feeling very anxious."
When Does Treatment Take Place?
Most acupuncturists recommend that treatment begin at least three months before any fertility treatments will be started. Some also recommend continued treatment through the first three months of pregnancy.
"Whilst seeing an acupuncturist twice may be all you need to deal with sciatic pain in your leg, it probably won't be so helpful when dealing with infertility,". "This is because the acupuncture has a cumulative effect on hormonal changes throughout the cycle."
Research on infertility has shown that treatment on the day of the embryo transfer may increase your chances of success.
- How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?
Prices vary based on the experience and training of the acupuncturists, how many sessions are being provided, and whether or not herbal treatments are also included.
Also, the first visit will typically be more expensive, since that includes initial consultation time.
Will Insurance Cover It?
Frequently insurance does cover acupuncture treatment. You should definitely call and ask.
How Can I Find an Acupuncturist?
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness is the first complementary medicine center in the U.S to specialize in treating infertility with acupuncture and herbs. We treat female and male factor issues.
Find out more here: www.berkleycenter.com