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Getting Pregnant with Fertility Acupuncture

People think that getting pregnant is very easy. Unfortunately, there are couples who are simply not having any luck conceiving children. Many have tried so-called fertility pills as well as a variety of herbal preparations with varying success. Some have also gone through the expensive process of in-vitro fertilization; again, with varying success. In-vitro fertilization, despite the cutting edge technology involved, can only muster a measly 60 percent success rate with the median somewhere in the region of 35 to 45 percent. And while it takes two to make a baby, there must be alternative ways to get pregnant without necessarily creating a large gaping hole in your pocket and bringing a host of other health problems to you and your partner.

One of the fertility methods that is fast gaining recognition and popularity even those in Western cultures is fertility acupunctureI am not actually a fan of acupuncture, but after having experienced it myself, I guess you can say that I am now a firm believer. Yes, my husband and I were also having problems conceiving a child. Like other couples, we already went to a lot of obstetricians and even had my husband undergo several tests. I was given fertility medications, was told to manage my stress, and to watch my diet. Still, no sign of getting pregnant. We were contemplating on getting an IVF but after looking at the costs, decided to look for alternative ways.

That’s when someone introduced us to the idea of acupuncture in fertility problems.

Getting pregnant starts with healthy egg and sperm cells. The egg cell must be full mature and have all the correct characteristics needed of a healthy mature egg cell. The sperm cells must also be very healthy. They need to be very hardy as they will have to travel up the uterus and the fallopian tubes where they will meet the egg cell. This means that sperm cells must also be very strong and very mobile so they can reach the fallopian tube just in time for the release of the egg cell from the ovaries. Upon meeting, only one sperm cell will be able to penetrate the egg cell and thus, create a new human being.

Simple enough right? Unfortunately, the road to getting healthy egg cells and sperm cells are dictated by a host of factors primarily hormones released from the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Without this, the ovaries will not be stimulated to develop egg cells to maturity. This is the function of the Follicle Stimulating Hormone. Once the egg cell is fully ripe, it is released by the ovaries and swept into the fallopian tubes where it waits for the sperm cells. It can only stay in this region for about 12 to 24 hours so, if it won’t meet a sperm cell during this time, it dies and is shed from the body. That is why timing is very important in getting pregnant.

Once the egg cell has been released from the ovary, the pituitary gland again releases another hormone – the Luteinizing Hormone – to help prepare the uterus for possible implantation of the fertilised egg cell. If fertilisation occurs – where the egg cell and the sperm cell unite to form a new cell – it travels down towards the uterus where it will implant itself. As such, the uterus must thicken its walls and increase the number of blood vessels to make sure that once the fertilised egg is implanted, it will be able to get the oxygen and nourishment from the extensive network of blood vessels. If there is no implantation, then all of these blood vessels and uterine tissues are shed. This is what constitutes our monthly menstruation.

So where does acupuncture fit in all of these? Since acupuncture believes that infertility is caused by an imbalance in the flow of chi in the body, it is crucial to restore this balance by removing any obstructions to the inefficient flow of energy. I have been trying to make sense of this and the closest, most plausible explanation I can get is that needlepoint stimulation sends signals to the brain to make it more efficient in regulating the different hormones of pregnancy – FSH and LH – which, in turn, regulates oestrogen and progesterone. Simply put, fertility acupuncture is all about improving the efficiency of the different processes of gamete development and maturation, ovulation, fertilisation, and implantation. This helps ensure greater chances of getting pregnant. Acupuncture also helps improve the flow of blood to all the reproductive organs to make them healthier through adequate oxygenation and nutrition and the elimination of metabolic by-products.

Acupuncture also provides excellent stress management thereby controlling the effects of cortisol on foetal development. Studies are unanimous in saying that unusually elevated levels of cortisol during pregnancy have long-term effects on the well-being of babies. Aside from this, stress also increases blood pressure which can affect the amount of oxygen delivered to the foetus. If this oxygen delivery is compromised, you may lose your baby.

There are many other benefits of acupuncture especially on reproductive health. I can say this now with confidence because we are now expecting our second baby, thanks again to fertility acupuncture. If you are looking for alternative and safe ways to get pregnant, visit a licensed fertility acupuncturist today.

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