Acupuncture for Infertility
Recent clinical studies and increased media coverage are helping to raise the awareness and popularity of acupuncture as an effective treatment in infertility. Looking to history, acupuncture and herbs have been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating infertility for thousands of years. In the past, the royal families of China strongly supported the development of fertility treatment. Top physicians were called on to advance the understanding of fertility health and to help ensure the royal family would have an heir to maintain the dynasty. Their research, through the many generations, produced a natural and effective treatment for infertility.
An acupuncture-herbalist supports healthy conception by ensuring one's body is in optimal health and by helping to promote and regulate a healthy menstrual cycle. Tracking the specifics of one's period while charting basal body temperature (BBT) will give guidance for treatment and provide reassurance that the cycle is improving and healthy ovulation is occurring. Regular treatment over two to three cycles will set the stage for a much better chance of conceiving and bringing a baby to term.
In some cases, women may choose to combine acupuncture treatment with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Clinical studies show that this joint effort significantly increases the chance for successful implantation. A specific protocol is followed when combining these treatments and timing is quite important. Modifying one's schedule to accommodate both treatments is essential to successful implementation of the procedures.
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If you have questions about fertility treatment with acupuncture or would like to discuss your specific health situation, please phone 403.455.0880. Dr. Wegmann will be happy to answer your questions.
Mitch Wegmann is a registered acupuncturist and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He owns and operates Calgary Acupuncture Centre in the city's southwest quadrant, near the Marda Loop district.