Acupuncture treatment is becoming more widely accepted by patients and the medical profession. Several research studies have suggested that acupuncture, especially around the time of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation may improve pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing IVF; however, additional studies have not supported this conclusion. Other studies have explored the effect of acupuncture in men with low sperm counts. We do believe that acupuncture can help some patients feel less depression and less anxiety while going through infertility treatments, which can be a benefit to the patient.
Selecting an Acupuncturist:
- Get recommendations from friends or family who have been treated by an Acupuncturist.
- Meet with the Practitioner and discuss all your questions. Make sure that you are confident in his/her skills.
- Confirm the Acupuncturist’s training, accreditation and standing of their license. Acupuncture should only be performed by a licensed, certified practitioner. The standards to practice acupuncture have been established by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In order to be certified, the practitioner must pass a national 3-day exam. Practitioners who have the abbreviation L. Ac. after their name are Licensed Acupuncturists and have met the minimum standard of training, in addition have received approval, by a state or national licensing board.
Frequently, acupuncture is used to treat sore muscles, bruises and other bodily injuries; in addition, it can also be used quite effectively to treat other medical issues such as:
- Chronic pain
- Autoimmune disorders
- Stress & pain management
- Urinary tract disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
Everyone experiences acupuncture differently, but most patients report feeling minimal or no pain. Many patients are energized by treatment while others may experience a deep relaxation.
We work closely with several acupuncturists in the area, where infertility is a big part of their practice. We will be glad to provide you their information. These practices operate independently of Fertility Specialists of Texas.