Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that when these needles are inserted on certain channels or meridians through which the body’s energy flows, they can alter the flow of energy through the body and help regulate the way that the body functions. Therefore, acupuncture can help correct bodily functions that impact fertility.

While it may sound esoteric, acupuncture has been shown in research studies to have positive effects on fertility. Studies have shown that women who receive acupuncture during their IVF treatment have higher pregnancy rates than those who don’t have acupuncture. Higher natural conception rates for women receiving acupuncture have also been reported. Scientists aren’t exactly sure how acupuncture works. It’s been shown to increase endorphins, the brain’s natural “feel-good” chemical, and seems to have other effects on hormones and the nervous system.

Acupuncture has been endorsed by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

What is Acupuncture?

Part of our holistic approach that complements the science behind fertility is acupuncture. This ancient Chinese medicine technique has shown promise in scientific research as a method of increasing pregnancy rates in patients with infertility. At our Arizona fertility clinic near Mesa, our unique holistic program is partnered with an expert acupuncturist to bring you this ancient technique in the modern world. Acupuncture for fertility is a cutting-edge treatment, not often included at fertility clinics.

What is an Acupuncture Treatment Like?

Patients receiving their first acupuncture treatment are often worried that it will be painful. After all, the sound of “needles” is a little scary. Rest assured that acupuncture is not painful at all. The needles are very tiny, and they’re only inserted into the most superficial layer of your skin. Many patients don’t feel them at all, or feel only a slight tingling as the needles are inserted.

An acupuncturist understands that your overall experience is very important. That’s why acupuncture offices are set up to facilitate relaxation. The lights are low, the décor is soothing, there may be quiet music or nature sounds, and your acupuncturist will do everything possible to help you feel completely relaxed and calm throughout your treatment. After experiencing it, most patients look forward to their acupuncture treatment sessions.

Meet Your Acupuncture for Fertility Specialist

At our Arizona fertility clinic near Mesa, we’re proud to have Della Estrada, licensed acupuncturist, to be part of our Integrated Medicine Program, offering acupuncture for fertility. Della is a pioneer in the field of integrated medicine. She has been in private practice since 1991 but started exploring the healing arts years earlier. Well before acupuncture was recognized by western medicine as a viable science, she trained at Guang An Men Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China, with some of the leading world experts of Chinese Medicine.

She served two 3-year terms on the Arizona Acupuncture State Board of Examiners, including two terms as chairperson. Della is the Acupuncture Supervisor for Acu-Detox specialists at La Frontera Behavioral Health Centers and for Desert Star Addictions Recovery Center.

Her previous experiences include having taught for eight years at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and also serving as clinic dean.

Along with her other work adventures, Della has traveled to Central America and southern Mexico with the Acupuncture International Brigade after natural disasters to teach medical personnel in the use of acupuncture for Post Traumatic Stress and to provide free clinics for underserved communities.