The Mommyish Definitive Guide To Infertility: All The Unconventional Ways To Try And Get Knocked Up
When you are faced with infertility, there is little you wouldn’t give in order to get pregnant. Modern science can offer medicines and advanced procedures, but there are less conventional techniques some people swear by when trying to conceive. Sure, our resident Science Mom might shake her head at these methods, but when something simple and cheap might do the trick and nothing else has worked, what have you got to lose?
What is acupuncture and how can it be used to treat infertility?
Just the facts
Â WedMD describes acupuncture as putting very thin needles into theÂ skinÂ at certain points on the body in order to influence the energy flow, in this care the energy of the reproductive system. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles. The needles are sterile and the process is not painful. Ambiance music and aromatherapy may also be part of an acupuncture session.
The real deal
Mommyish’s own Maria Guido has written about her experiences using unconventional methods to treat infertility:
Now, Iâ€™m sure most people donâ€™t respond to acupuncture the way I did that day â€“ but to say that I had an out-of-body experience would be an understatement. Apparently, these types of reactions can happen if you get a good release the first time you have acupuncture done. Iâ€™ve never felt that kind of energy flowing through my body â€“ it was almost like an electrical current. The pain in my foot was gone immediately. I was floored by that. I booked my next appointment.
I came back two weeks later, at which point she put her fingers on my wrist and swore she felt a â€œpregnancy pulse.â€ I was thinking, â€œshut up lady.â€ I had the second treatment. It wasnâ€™t as mind blowing as the first, but I had decided I was going to see her twice a month for a while, so I booked my next appointment. About a week and a half later I took a pregnancy test. It was positive.
I also experimented with acupuncture before seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. While I didn’t get pregnant, I did have the only non-medically induced period I’ve had in close to a decade. And I do feel that the acupuncture helped me cope with some of the emotional impact of my infertility. Plus, it was covered by my insurance, so no harm done.