Whether used alone or in tandem with IVF treatments, fertility acupuncture can gently increase your chances for successful conception. Each patient is treated holistically, with an individualized treatment plan that promotes optimum wellness throughout her body. However, many people in the Western world are still uninformed about fertility acupuncture. Here is the truth behind 6 common myths.
1. Fertility Acupuncture Doesn’t Work
One of the biggest and most commonly perpetuated myths is that fertility acupuncture is nothing but quackery or, at best, a placebo. In reality, though, repeated studies have shown that fertility acupuncture is a safe and effective means of boosting fertility. In fact, many Western physicians now refer their IVF patients for acupuncture to improve the chances for success.
2. Lifestyle Changes Don’t Affect the Success of IVF
Another common myth is that lifestyle changes make no difference in treating fertility problems. Fertility acupuncturists recognize the complex inner workings of the human body, and strive to bring about healthy changes that maximize wellness and prepare the body for a successful pregnancy. Yet many people still believe that all they need to do is undergo Western IVF treatments and wait for them to work.
The reality is that even simple changes can make a huge difference in fertility. Quit smoking, take up meditation or yoga, and make sure you get 5 hours of vigorous exercise per week. Also aim for 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night. These changes promote overall health and wellness, ensuring that your body is ready to handle the stresses of pregnancy.
3. Nutrients Don’t Matter
Another common myth is that nutrition does not affect fertility. The reality, though, is quite different, as fertility acupuncturists have known for a long time. Vitamins B, C, D, and E, folic acid, beta-carotene, and iron are just a few of the essential nutrients that are vital to successful conception and a healthy pregnancy.
If you are not already taking prenatal vitamins, ask your doctor whether you should. If you are seeing a fertility acupuncturist, he or she will likely prescribe specific supplements based on your individual assessment.
Stress Has No Impact
Although stress has been repeatedly implicated in everything from high blood pressure to headaches, some people still do not understand the vital link between stress and fertility. Stress hormones throw your delicate cycles into turmoil, making it extremely difficult to conceive. In addition, a stressed-out body and mind may be more likely to reject a potential pregnancy.
Fertility acupuncturists are skilled at assessing each patient’s stress levels and making targeted stress relief suggestions that are geared toward the individual patient’s needs. From yoga to mindfulness, there are many techniques to bring down your stress and prepare your body, mind, and soul for the pregnancy journey.
Fertility acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular, even among Western physicians who specialize in IVF. Make sure that your doctor and your acupuncturist work together on a holistic treatment plan that avoids the myths and sets you on the path to successful parenthood.
Located in Pacific Palisades, with satellite clinics in Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, and Beverly Hills, Thumos Health Center offers patients exceptional personalized care. If you are ready to take the first steps toward a more integrative approach to your health care, we invite you to phone 310-927-2792 to schedule an appointment at any of our Los Angeles locations. Our highly knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.