Acupuncture May Help Improve Success Rate When Trying To Get Pregnant

Acupuncture Improves Success Rate in IVF Cases

Acupuncture has been receiving some attention in modern medicine for quite sometime now. The National Institute of Health began to take notice of this Traditional Chinese Medical practice in 1997. And since then more and more people are availing of this non-invasive procedure to treat their problems from headache, monthly menstrual cramps, myoma and infertility.

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility and Sterility Journal published October of this year, electrical acupuncture significantly improves the pregnancy rates of women undergoing embryo transfer.

The study was a randomized, controlled clinical trial involving 309 women, ages 45 years old and below, undergoing in-vitro fertilization.

The group that did not receive electrical acupuncture treatment after embryo transfer had a pregnancy rate of 29.3% and a live birth rate of 21.2%. The rates were much higher in the women who were treated with electrical acupuncture. Results revealed a pregnancy rate of 50.0% and live birth rate of 42.0%.

Chinese Traditional Medicine believes in the concept of yin and yang in the human body. Yin is the cold, slow or passive half while yang is the hot, excited or active half. There should be a balance between the two at all times. Any imbalance leads to blockage of qi or vital energy along the pathways. Acupuncture aims to release these blockage by pricking certain points in the body.

More research is underway to better identify how acupuncture works, find other potential health benefits and to standardize treatment.

Women who wish to experiment with this eastern medical practice should do so with caution:

1. Make sure to find a qualified practitioner. Look for a national acupuncture organization in your area. This can be found online or in a local library. Go through the list and find one nearest you or one recommended by your physician or peers.

2. Check his/her credentials. Other countries require a license to practice acupunctue. Maybe a diploma or a certificate will suffice but make sure it is from a reputable and not a fictitious institution. Although proper credentialling does not guarantee quality of care, it does mean that the practitioner went through professional training before he starts poking needles through your skin.

3. An acupuncturist is not a physician. Do not go to one seeking primary medical consult. They do not have enough medical training or diagnostic tests to rule out a serious health problem. See an acupuncturist as an adjunct or a complement to the management you are getting from a physician.

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