In vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, is an option to get pregnant that most people don't undergo until they have tried other options, in part due to how intensive the process is. IVF can be an emotional and intensive process. One thing that you can do that will help your IVF process, and help with your mental health is acupuncture.
Reason #1: Increase Ovarian and Uterine Blood Flow
With IVF treatment, you want your ovaries and your uterine to be working in optimal conditions. One way to support your ovarian and uterine health is by increasing blood flood to those areas.
Acupuncture can help increase the blood flow to both vital areas. With better blood flow, you have an increased chance of good eggs developing and an increased chance of the embryo implanting.
Reason #2: Reduce Stress Levels
Undergoing IVF is an intensive process, which can lead to higher cortisol stress levels inside of your body. The thing is, having higher cortisol levels can negatively impact your ability to get pregnant via IVF treatment.
Acupuncture is a well-known technique to help reduce stress by releasing positive endorphins into your body, helping to in turn reduce the stress hormones in your body.
Many people feel a reduction in stress as soon as the treatment begins. Each treatment you undergo will help to reduce your overall stress levels, which help increase the chance of your IVF treatment being successful.
Reason #3: Reduce Inflammation
Another common benefit of acupuncture treatment is reduced inflammation in the body. When you are trying to get pregnant, it is important for your body to be in an ideal condition as possible.
You don't want any part of your body to experience inflammation. Acupuncture can be used to help reduce the inflammation you are feeling in your body, which can in turn help with your IVF treatment.
Reason #4: Calm Your Nervous System
Your nervous system may feel really stressed out by the injections and other treatments that goes along with getting IVF treatment. Acupuncture is a great way to calm your nervous system and allow it to function at it needs in order for your treatment to be successful.
If you are starting IVF treatment, talk to your acupuncturist about how they can help with your treatment. Ideally, you will want to start acupuncture treatments about two weeks before the egg retrieval process begins in order to help get your body in prime condition for the egg retrieval process. You are going to want to continue the acupuncture treatment throughout your IVF treatment.