As someone who knew nothing about acupuncture before reading this article, my opinion is solely based on this article. From it, I now understand the practice of acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat infertility. Herbal medicine is usually combined with the treatment. I do agree that it can help with infertility and other fertility issues in women.
When I read the first sentence, “Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine that normally treats patients by a manipulation and insertion of needles,” I decided then that this type of alternative medicine would never be for me. I would not be able to do it, not because I had doubt it would help, but because I’m not a big fan of needles. But for someone who was not as bothered by needles, I would encourage the practice.
One of the main reasons I would encourage acupuncture is because it has been shown to create a thick lining in the endometrium by increasing blood flow, and as the article states, that helps improve fertility within women. Not just vitro fertilization, but spasmed tubes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, FSH, and also infertility. Even though this type of acupuncture is mostly beneficial, there are low risks that could possibly happen with this treatment. If the acupuncture points are used incorrectly, it will increase the risk of miscarriage. To decrease this risk, the article suggests seeing a “fully qualified acupuncturist who specializes in treating pregnant women.” In my opinion, if someone wanted to have a child bad enough, they would at least look into this option. From what I read, acupuncture is one of the most natural, low risk treatments for fertility and infertility issues.