Fertility Problems - Real Life Stories and Best Alternative Options
One of the best alternative options if
you're having trouble getting pregnant is acupuncture. Acupuncture can give women hope when all else has
In fact, one woman in particular says that she and her husband finally
had years of infertility come to an end with the birth of their son.
There are lots of available treatments for fertility in Western medicine, too, but
acupuncture seems to be successful when nothing else is.
As this delighted mom said, "Acupuncture works; I did everything I could think of, for years, to have a baby and
almost gave up on having one."
Acupuncture and Fertility
With acupuncture, tiny needles are placed in various pressure
points, which helps improve energy circulation and flow. It also relieves stress and actually improves physical
blood circulation as well. It's been around as a Chinese practice for centuries, and but has only recently come
into Western favor as a treatment for fertility.
"Mainstream" infertility doctors are picking up on the practice,
too. Dr. Paul C. Magarelli is a fertility specialist at the
Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has so embraced acupuncture as a
bona fide fertility treatment, in fact, that he's co-authoring an ongoing study on acupuncture and infertility.
He's doing so with colleague Dr. Diane K. Cridennda. Cridennda is licensed in acupuncture and has a master's
degree in Oriental medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. At first, Magarelli was
skeptical, and thought that there was no way acupuncture was really the reason for success. But now, he says, "I'm
pretty much a convert."
Why has acupuncture been so successful in helping women conceive
when everything else has failed? Experts aren't sure, but believe that one of the reasons may be that circulation
to the ovaries and uterus is improved, which in turn produces healthier eggs. And because circulation to be in the
is also improved, it can better support a baby to term.
Circulation and Stress Relieve
Besides that, acupuncture is a stress reliever. Because infertility can cause stress, AND because stress can be a
cause of infertility, this creates a vicious cycle for many women. They try to become pregnant, have
difficulty doing so, and become stressed as a result.
That stress in turn decreases chances even further that they will become pregnant. Because acupuncture itself is a
stress reliever, using it as a treatment for infertility can reduce that stress, which in turn can make it easier
to become pregnant.
Does that mean that acupuncture should replace traditional
infertility treatments? Not necessarily. In fact, some practitioners are advocating the use of traditional
Chinese medicine treatments like acupuncture in combination with more mainstream fertility treatments, like drug
Combining both methods gives hope
In addition, acupuncture can be used with treatments like in vitro fertilization for a couple of reasons. You can
increase the chances that healthy embryos will be produced, and it may also increase the chances that those
embryos will actually implant after insertion into the uterus.
In short, it looks like acupuncture is here to stay as a treatment
for fertility, both by itself and in conjunction with more mainstream fertility therapies. It gives hope to women
who may not have otherwise had success in conceiving.