Whether you are trying to have your first child or your third, facing infertility is stressful and emotionally heartbreaking. Our acupuncturists here at AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine have the knowledge and experience to support you through this process.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about infertility and acupuncture:

How might acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture has been recommended for a variety of medical conditions that affect fertility. These include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, endometriosis, and issues with ovarian reserve and sperm quality. It can also help relieve some of the side effects associated with fertility drugs (such as bloating, nausea and fatigue).

When should I start acupuncture treatment?

Women are often advised to start acupuncture 3 months before they start treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI). However, starting acupuncture along with your doctor’s recommended fertility therapy may still be beneficial.

How frequently should I do acupuncture?

Your acupuncturist will tailor treatments to your condition but will generally recommend a treatment 1–3 times a week. Each session will last up to 30 minutes. It is important to update your acupuncturist at each session with any medication or symptom changes.

Will the needles hurt?

Most patients experience little to no pain. Some might experience a mild, dull ache, pinch, or even shock sensation. Occasionally, bruising can occur at the places where the needles are inserted. Let your acupuncturist know if you are taking aspirin or other anticoagulants (blood thinners). Due to our use of disposable needles, the risk for infection is extremely low.

Are there activities I should avoid before/after an acupuncture session?

Though your acupuncturist might advise following a healthy diet/lifestyle, nothing is strictly forbidden. Acupuncture helps with relaxation as well, so avoiding highly physical activities (running, gym class) immediately after a session might be helpful.

Will insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance plans will cover acupuncture. Because plans vary, we can verify your coverage prior to your visit. We also offer cash rates and packages for those without benefits.