Acupuncturist and Infertility

by Joann
(South Setauket)

Hi Amelia,
I am currently seeing an Acupuncturist, who is qualified and does a very thorough job with me. My concern is that she does not have experience with infertility.

Should I consult another Acupuncturist who has experience with treating infertility and has a success rate with infertility patients? Also, is once a week sufficient for infertility acupuncture?

Thanks for your help,
Joann

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Acupuncturist and Infertility
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Joann,
I appreciate your questions about the importance of finding an acupuncturist that specializes in treating infertility. First, it's great that you have a thorough acupuncturist that you trust. If you and your partner have mild fertility issues, you may do fine with general acupuncture that addresses your body more globally.

However, if you have been trying to conceive for awhile and there are more serious fertility issues, I would recommend working with an acupuncturist that has experience treating infertility.

In my seminars and through my website, I meet many women, who are getting acupuncture for their fertility issues. I'm surprised at how seldom I hear of an acupuncturist that is utilizing a holistic fertility program based on TCM. I'm sad when I hear that acupuncturists are not encouraging their patients to chart their BBT, don't use personalized herbal formulas, fail to discuss dietary therapy in detail or skip over the importance of lifestyle.

Many of these women are seeing acupuncturists that "specialize" in treating infertility. Therefore, I encourage you to be selective in choosing your fertility acupuncturist. Lastly, in answer to your question, I do feel that acupuncture treatments once a week are sufficient, when they are part of a holistic fertility program. Generally, I see my patients get pregnant in 3-6 months for minor subfertility and in 6-12 months with more serious fertility issues.

Sending Baby Dust Your Way,
Amelia Hirota

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