Couples who struggle with infertility are often willing to try a number of different methods, from fertility drugs to in vitro fertilization, to become pregnant. Up to 15 percent of couples who wish to become pregnant seek help from a fertility specialist, according to a 2007 study performed by Dr. Brian M. Berman and others. The study found that those couples who used in vitro fertilization — along with acupuncture — were more likely to get pregnant and give birth.
Visit your fertility specialist, if you haven’t already. You need to learn the cause of your infertility before you can begin to treat it. Common reasons for fertility problems include an under- or overactive thyroid, low sperm count, polycystic ovarian syndrome and elevated follicle stimulating hormone. The reason for your infertility may also be unknown.
Find an acupuncturist who is licensed by your state. You may also want to look for an acupuncturist who is also a medical doctor, to make sure you receive the best care possible. Ask your fertility specialist for a referral to an acupuncturist who specializes in infertility.
Start getting acupuncture treatments at least three months before you plan on undergoing in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination. You can also begin the treatments if you want to attempt to get pregnant naturally. The treatment is therapeutic, so that the more you receive, the better your chances of getting and staying pregnant.
Continue the treatments at least 12 weeks into your pregnancy to decrease your risk of miscarrying. Make sure your acupuncturist doesn’t place the needles in your abdominal area when you become pregnant.