Pregnancy Vivian | 28 Jun 2011 06:39 pm

Acupuncture and IVF Information

Because they are used as aides to fertility, there are many questions which surround acupuncture and IVF. Primary among them are questions regarding what types of infertility can be treated by acupuncture and whether there is a point where it is no longer safe for a woman to receive acupuncture treatment after she has undergone the IVF process. Some studies have found that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for certain types of infertility. Knowing which types of fertility apply in this regard and which do not is the first step in understanding the use of this treatment for IVF.

Acupuncture is not a one-time cure for any ailment. Acupuncture and IVF generally represent a process being used in advance of a procedure. Acupuncture generally takes several treatments before it is effective. These treatments may be used before and during pregnancy. Acupuncture is usually not a treatment that is used by itself. Along with acupuncture, one is usually given herbal treatment. One should consult with their doctor before taking any recommended herbs in case there are contraindications with any other medications being used. After one has received their IVF, the types of acceptable acupuncture treatment will change, as well. It is important to work with an acupuncturist who is aware of these situations.

After a woman is pregnant, there are certain points that should not be stimulated by acupuncture. Acupuncture and IVF do not generally have contraindications at any other point, however. After the woman is carrying, the points Spleen 6, Bladder 60, Bladder 67, Large Intestine 4, Gallbladder 21 and Stomach 12 are not to be stimulated. No points on the lower abdomen should be stimulated, for obvious reasons. Any herbal treatments being used should be reassessed once the woman is with child, as well. The types of fertility problems acupuncture can treat and its lack of risk make it very attractive before IVF, however.

There are good reasons why many women consider both acupuncture and IVF. Acupuncture, combined with other medical interventions, has been shown to increase fertility. Oftentimes, the treatments continue through the first few months of pregnancy. There is some data to indicate that acupuncture may help to reduce the incidence of miscarriage. Before IVF, acupuncture is often used to treat fertility conditions including spasmed tubes which are seen to be reduced with the application of acupuncture. Acupuncture is also used to treat unexplained infertility and sometimes to treat infertility in the male partner.

Acupuncture will not treat certain types of fertility conditions. Blocked tubes, for instance, will not respond to acupuncture. Some of the treatments require both the acupuncture and the herbal component to achieve their best results. For instance, elevated Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels can be treated with acupuncture and herbal interventions. Acupuncture and IVF are both types of medical intervention that require a solid professional. In most states, one needs to have an active license to work as an acupuncturist. Be certain any practitioner used has such certification and that they have expertise in treating pregnancy and fertility issues before engaging their services.

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