Acupuncture, which can be incorporated into a patient’s fertility treatment plan, has been shown to have physical and emotional benefits. Treatment can help regulate menstrual cycles, improve blood flow to the pelvic area, the reproductive organs and the uterine lining, and reduce stress and anxiety issues such as insomnia, headaches and constipation. For some patients, acupuncture is a new experience while others have found it helpful for other unrelated conditions.
RMACT supports patients in their journey towards wellness as a whole person, mind, body and spirit, which may include integrated services such as acupuncture. By conducting our own clinical study and through anecdotal feedback from patients, we know that acupuncture can positively impact the results of fertility care. RMACT provides two types of acupuncture – traditional and laser (available exclusively at RMACT) to give our patients the best available options.
As part of its Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program, RMACT offers the services of three experienced acupuncturists, all of whom are registered and licensed by the State of Connecticut. Amy Matton, Coordinator of IFW, says "the results of this large prospective studt are exciting in that they provide additional support in showing that acupuncture has a direct effect on improving fertility. Laser acupuncture uses a low level light to regulate qi and help balance the body, the same functions as traditional needle acupuncture. Laser acupuncture is a viable alternative form of fertility treatment for people who may have a fear of needles."
Traditional Acupuncture uses ultrathin, sterile needles placed at strategic energy points around the body to regulate the flow of qi (life force) to restore balance and promote natural healing. Numerous studies support the efficacy of acupuncture. A landmark study published in Fertility and Sterility reported that a group of women undergoing IVF who received acupuncture both before and after embryo transfer had a higher pregnancy success rate (42.5%) than a control group that did not receive acupuncture treatment (26.3%).
RMACT is the only fertility center in New England to offer Laser acupuncture. Like traditional acupuncture, laser acupuncture regulates qi and helps balance the body, except it uses infrared light energy to stimulate acupuncture points instead of needles. This low dose therapeutic laser is sometimes referred to as a “cold laser” because the energy level is low and patients do not feel heat from it. Laser is a viable alternative for individuals who may have a fear of needles. RMACT is a leader in the field of laser acupuncture; having been part of a stand-out clinical study that found laser acupuncture performed both before and after embryo transfer in an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle improved a woman’s chances of implantation by up to 15%. Read more about laser acupuncture for fertility treatment.
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