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Fertility Acupuncture...Does It Work?

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 2:21 AM
Let me just remind you that I am NOT a medical doctor. I'm not a scientist. Never conducted any research or ran a clinical trial of any sort. However, I spent 6 years trying to have a baby, and have tons of personal experience on the topic.
 
I will start this post by saying that I have NO idea what the statistics are in terms of whether or not there's proof out there in the universe that acupuncture helps with fertility treatments. I know for myself, having gone for bi-weekly treatments consistently for 2 years, that it helped with something.
 
Having gone to 2 different fertility docs over 6 years, I will say that both specialists said the same thing: they couldn't prove whether or not acupuncture "worked" in conjunction with fertility treatments, however they had plenty of business cards and referrals of reputable acupuncturists to recommend, in the event that I - and dozens of other patients - were interested in trying it. They also said that "it can't hurt." My large network of friends and acquaintances also swore by their acupuncture treatments. I figured it was worth trying and that I had nothing to lose.
 
My acupuncturist would tell me that she helped bring blood to my reproductive system in order to help flush out toxins. Or, she would unblock or unclog energetic fields so my systems worked more harmoniously. Or, she was helping to balance my hormones. Or, she was relieving my stress. Quite honestly, I never challenged what she did, mostly because I was so desperate at that point, and I would have tried anything to get pregnant and hold onto the pregnancy long enough to have a healthy baby.
 
My acupuncturist had a large practice of primarily fertility patients. Often times, as I lie still with 15-20 needles positioned in my body at any given point, I would hear conversations with other patients, who would describe where they were in their treatments, cycles, procedures, fertility meds, etc. I started to hear patterns over time, and she would tell me each week how many patients were pregnant. She had a notebook with people's stats, following their progress from pregnancy test through birth. It was encouraging.
 
I will say from personal experience, that if nothing else, my stress was reduced drastically, and as a former needle-phobe, I was shocked at my ability to allow all of those needles to be inserted in various points of my body, and lay there for a 1/2 hour for the best naps of my life. Deep, relaxing, rejuvenating, restful sleep. Dare I even say, at times, that it was better than a trip to the spa. Even if all it did was lower my stress and anxiety levels, it was totally worth it, and then some.
 
Check with your human resources department and see if your employee benefits include acupuncture treatments. Some do...it'll be the best time ever spent during fertility treatments, hands down.
 
 

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23 Comments

Reply Angel Ricky
10:28 AM on October 19, 2012 
Brilliant experience about the "Fertility Acupuncture". I appreciate your experience which plays a significant role for service holders. Congrats you for all of your good job and Keep it up...
Reply Kermit Ducharme
11:54 AM on November 14, 2012 
Thanks for sharing your experience. I must say very educative views you've shared and I hope by reading this post readers will inspire to take acupuncture treatments.
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Reply feed the muscle
4:33 AM on December 20, 2012 
Caryn Portnoy, I wouldn't know about the fertility acupuncture. After reading out your blog I have come to know about the fertility acupuncture. Actually , I was suffering from the fertility problem. So, I am grateful to you for getting such type of article. Keep it up.
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3:27 PM on January 5, 2013 
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Reply Caryn Portnoy
4:31 PM on January 10, 2013 
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Great lettering regarding fertility acupuncture! Your own experience idea of acupuncture has made me very impressed. I will definitely follow your tips. Thanks!

Glad I could help! Let me know if you have specific questions as you move forward in your journey.
Reply Caryn Portnoy
4:32 PM on January 10, 2013 
feed the muscle says...
Caryn Portnoy, I wouldn't know about the fertility acupuncture. After reading out your blog I have come to know about the fertility acupuncture. Actually , I was suffering from the fertility problem. So, I am grateful to you for getting such type of article. Keep it up.

I'm so glad I could provide some valuable information to you. Let me know if you have any specific questions for me & I will try my best to help.
Reply Caryn Portnoy
4:36 PM on January 10, 2013 
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Does acupuncture gives results in dealing with fertility problems.

The jury is still out about whether or not accupuncture is effective at treating infertility. There is a lot of positive data out there that shows how it can increase your success rate. And some other data that shows there is no link. Personally, and I am NOT a medical doctor, I believe that any assistance that can be obtained through a holistic method, such as accupuncture, that can help bring blood to the affected areas & help flush out toxins, can only help. It certainly won't hurt. And if you don't believe in accupuncture at all, at the very least, you will 100% relax enough to be better equipped to handle all of the stress related to infertility. Best naps of my life!!!
Reply Caryn Portnoy
4:38 PM on January 10, 2013 
Kermit Ducharme says...
Thanks for sharing your experience. I must say very educative views you've shared and I hope by reading this post readers will inspire to take acupuncture treatments.

Thank you so much! I appreciate the support. Hope things are going well for you.
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