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Acupuncture & Fertility – 5 Things You Should Know

Infertility is on the rise. Around 12% of women of between 14 and 44 in the U.S. experience difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.
Some common causes of female infertility include ovulation disorders such as PCOS, hypothalamic dysfunction, endometriosis, and damage to the fallopian tubes.
Many women who are grappling with infertility use acupuncture to manage their condition. As studies have found that the traditional Chinese practice can restore fertility in women by improving ovarian function and balancing the endocrine system.
Stress is a leading cause of miscarriages. Acupuncture can help improve fertility outcomes by helping reduce stress levels.
Before you start looking for an acupuncturist in San Francisco, here are some things you should know about acupuncture for women’s health.
Acupuncture Can Improve IVF Outcome 
Acupuncture may help improve the chances of a woman undergoing fertility treatment becoming pregnant by 65%. It’s no wonder that doctors around the world recommend using acupuncture alongside IVF.
Acupuncture improves uterine blood flow. A study reported that women who use acupuncture in adjunct with IVF are more likely to get pregnant than women who use just IVF.
Who Can Acupuncture Help?
Anyone grappling with infertility can benefit from acupuncture. Whether you are diagnosed with unexplained infertility, your stress levels are off the charts, or you want to improve your outcome with ART, an acupuncturist can help.
The Number of Treatments Required 
Most acupuncturists recommend a minimum of 9-12 treatments before an IUI or egg retrieval. The number of treatments you need will depend on your condition and its severity.
Developing Your Treatment Plan  
By combining the information that you provided them along with their findings, your acupuncturist will design your treatment plan. Treatment plans vary from person to person. Your acupuncturist may recommend dietary or lifestyle changes and exercises for improving fertility.
What Happens During a Session?  
Your acupuncturist will create a soothing, relaxing environment before every session. Once you are ready, your acupuncturist will ask you to lie down on a warmed treatment table. They will locate acupoints for fertility and insert paper-thin needles into them. As acupuncture induces a relaxation response, you will reach a deep state of calm.

Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Anchor Acupuncture & Wellness can help. We use acupuncture to help couples realize their dream of parenthood. Contact us if you are looking to get the best acupuncture treatment for women’s health in San Francisco. 

Amanda Moler is a licensed acupuncturist and certified fertility acupuncturist (FABORM), serving San Francisco, CA.  Her educational background includes receiving a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Antioch College in 2001 and in 2010, her master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2008, she also attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL for education on acupuncture and oriental medicine. Asa Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, she has gained recognition for treating complex women fertility cases, providing guidance on painful side-effects of drugs, hormones, and maintaining the overall well-being of women. Follow Anchor Acupuncture and Amanda Moler on Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn.