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Posted on 07-12-2017
Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body which reside on channels or meridians; these are pathways in both the exterior and interior of the body. These points, when needled, can regulate the way in which the body functions.
Several studies have found that women who get acupuncture treatments -- whether to treat conditions that can interfere with getting pregnant (such as polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS) or to increase the chances of a successful IVF -- have a higher rate of pregnancy and births. Some fertility doctors recommend acupuncture for their patients to help lower overall stress levels, because stress hormones can lower fertility hormones like progesterone. Many doctors recommend doing acupuncture in conjunction with other fertility treatments.
Acupuncture can begin at anytime during the fertility treatment. You can start before you start taking any oral or injectable drugs, during drug treatment to help deal with side effects, or during IVF cycles. It is also a possibility that doing acupuncture before starting any drugs or IVF might help you avoid the whole process all together.
It is suggested that you at least do several sessions over the course of a few months for the best outcome. Some insurance companies cover acupuncture but it varies by plan. At Marron Wellness Center we offer different cash plans to try to work with your budget. We offer free consultations, an $85 initial visit special, and a 6 or 12 package deal.
When booking an acupuncture appointment, it is best to make sure the treatment is done by a licensed and board certified acupuncturist. If you would like to make an appointment with our acupuncturist, Scott Bendell, to discus if acupuncture would be right for your fertility journey call 732.542.1272 to make an appointment.
References: American Pregnancy Association - Infertility and Acupuncturehttp://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture/
Parents: Does Acupuncture Work for Infertility? http://www.parents.com/getting-pregnant/infertility/treatments/acupuncture-for-infertility/
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