Acupuncture for Fertility

An article by American Pregnancy Association describes how acupuncture can assist fertility by supporting thyroid function (overactive – hyperthyroidism, or underactive – hypothyroidism). Herbs are a common addition to the successful treatment.

“Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.”

“Typically most miscarriages occur within the first 3 months of pregnancy. Consequently, treatment of patients may often last through week twelve to help prevent miscarriage.”

“There are minimal risks in using acupuncture for fertility treatment. The risk of miscarriage may increase if incorrect acupuncture points are used during pregnancy. This is one reason why those choosing to include acupuncture in their treatment regimen should only be treated by an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders. Acupuncture is generally safe regardless of a person’s medical history.”

Abigail Ballaban, LAc, in Portland, Oregon, offers acupuncture and herbal treatments during pregnancy. Schedule your free phone consultation to learn more.