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Acupuncture and Getting Pregnant?

I've heard that acupuncture can help you get pregnant. Is that true?

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I've heard that acupuncture can help you get pregnant. Is that true?

The Bump Expert

We wish we could tell you, "Yeah, go make an appointment with an acupuncturist and be a hundred times as likely to make a baby!" But (sorry!) we can't. Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese practice of, you know, strategically pricking you with needles, hasn't been proven to increase a woman's ability to naturally get pregnant.

But wait -- acupuncture has been tested on women undergoing IVF treatments. In one meta-study (a study of studies), women undergoing IVF weren't found to be more likely to have a baby if they’d had acupuncture. While in another conflicting meta-study, they were found to be more likely, but only by a super small amount. So basically, acupuncture may be worth trying -- many people find it really relaxing and some women still swear it helped them conceive despite the lack of scientific backup. Just don't go in assuming it will magically give you a little plus sign on a home pregnancy test.

Also, heads up that some other Chinese "fertility boosters" -- mainly herbs -- aren't proven to help either. And some herbs aren't recommended during pregnancy (who knows? you could be there soon!) so ask your doctor before taking anything.

Plus, More from The Bump:

Other Alternate Fertility Medicines

Natural Ways to Boost Your Fertility

Crazy Fertility Myths -- Debunked!


--Jean Twenge, PhD, author of The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant

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Acupuncture and Getting Pregnant?

I have been trying for 2 years, including 3 IUI's. I did one treatment of acupuncture, then another right after ovulation.....Pregnant! I have two other friends who also conceived after getting acupuncture who had been trying for quite some time too. In my opinion, it can't hurt. It is relatively inexpensive, especially compared to fertility treatments which most insurance doesn't cover. I am going to continue treatments since acupuncture is said to help with nausea and pain. Just be sure to see someone qualified who knows how to make the necessary changes to the treatment once you become pregnant.

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