Many of us fall prey to babies. They’re so cute and cuddly. And in the right circumstances, we might find ourselves yearning for one of our own. The name for this is Baby Fever.
It’s not a disease but a state of mind – which can evolve into a mess of feelings. Both women and men are susceptible to Baby Fever. While you might think this particular heat would likely result in more pregnancies, Baby Fever itself can get in the way of procreation.
That’s because Baby Fever can be accompanied by anxiety: Why haven’t I gotten pregnant yet? Is something wrong with me? Or with him? Will I ever have a baby?
Relaxation is the key to cooling Baby Fever.
That’s where acupuncture comes in. The practice of acupuncture — perhaps along with other elements of traditional Chinese medicine, such as herbal teas — allows your Qi, or vital life flow, to naturally do its work. An unblocked Qi facilitates blood flow, deep breathing, and relaxation of tense muscles and fast-moving thoughts.
It’s not just in your head
Acupuncture also can treat physical issues that lead to infertility in women. And although we all know that absolutely nothing is wrong with your male partner, studies show that acupuncture benefits men, as well, by increasing sperm quantity and motility (the ability to get where it needs to go).
In fact, a survey of research studies published in 2015 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, shows that treatment of male infertility with acupuncture was more effective than Western treatments.
What acupuncture treats in women who want babies
For women receiving in-vitro fertilization, acupuncture before and after embryo implantation lowered their stress, which may have contributed to a pregnancy rate of nearly 65 percent, versus 42 percent for women who did not get the acupuncture treatment.
Other studies suggest that acupuncture might increase blood flow to the uterus and help regulate hormone levels.
Traditional health care providers are more often embracing the idea of alternative medicines like acupuncture. So if you are concerned about infertility, talk to your OB/GYN about including non-traditional treatments that might allow you to not only get pregnant faster but enjoy the experience more, too.