Does Acupuncture for Fertility Work? Experts Explain the Benefits
When you are trying to have a baby, you probably expect that it will be easy. You will stop using whatever birth control you may have been using and assume that within a few months, if not the first month, you will be pregnant.
And that is how it works a lot of the time.
When Trying To Conceive Doesn't Work
Except for when it doesn’t. When it doesn’t work like that, you can spend months trying to conceive and it doesn’t happen. You can spend years, with or without help, and sometimes it doesn’t happen.
The correct term for this is sub-fertility. The common term, the one you are probably used to hearing, is infertility. Sub-fertility is the more meaningful term because it implies that there is something that you can do about it- it’s not permanent or irreversible. It’s manageable and fixable.
One of the most important things a fertility practice (with board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists, not just fertility specialists who offer no specialized training, education or board certification) can do for any person walking in their doors is treat them as a whole person. Not a walking infertility diagnosis, but a whole person.
Read a few excerpts from last week’s Hartford Courant, about an adjunct therapy to use during fertility treatment called fertility acupuncture. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, treating most different kinds of maladies.
Acupuncture for Fertility
“We decided to empower ourselves as much as possible,“ said Coplit, who gave birth to a daughter through in vitro fertilization (IVF) at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). “Acupuncture helped create a calming environment, even it if it was just having a blissful hour to myself where I wasn’t stressing out about the world or raising a toddler at home.”
Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMACT, had this to say in the Hartford Courant, “More women and couples are seeking a holistic approach to fertility treatment that take into account the mind-body connection”.
Dr. Hurwitz goes on to say, “It’s important to improve your overall health and wellness before and during fertility treatment and pregnancy. Women and couples don’t just want to conceive. They want a healthy pregnancy and baby.”
Amy Matton, licensed acupuncturist and Coordinator of RMACT’s Integrated & Fertility Wellness Program talks about laser acupuncture (only offered in Connecticut at RMACT), “Laser acupuncture is a viable alternative for people who may have a fear of needles and haven’t been willing to try acupuncture in the past.”
Magaly Olivero, writer for the Hartford Courant states, “The use of laser acupuncture before and after embryo transfer during an IVF cycle improved a woman’s chance of implantation of up to 15 percent, according to a 2009 study of 1000 people by Reproductive Medicine Associates. Laser acupuncture- which uses intense light energy instead of needles- is gaining popularity in the United States after years of use in Europe.”
Read the entire article for the specific physical benefits that acupuncture can offer during fertility treatment cycles or if you are trying to conceive on your own.
Remembering that you are not an infertility diagnosis is crucial to making the best possible decisions while trying to conceive.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.