According to the National Infertility Association, 12 percent of married couples struggle with infertility, which is defined as the inability to get pregnant after actively trying for 12 months. If you've been struggling with infertility, chances are you've tried just about everything to get pregnant. Fertility acupuncture is an option several women and couples explore, and if you are taking this natural approach, you need to prepare for your first appointment.
Here is what you can expect during your first fertility acupuncture appointment.
Before You Leave for Your Initial Appointment
If you have any questions for your acupuncturist, take this time to write them down. If you've never experienced acupuncture, chances are you have some concerns about this ancient technique. On the morning of your appointment, dress comfortably and in clothing you can easily take off. Your acupuncturist might require you remove your clothing and put on a robe or lie under a sheet during your treatment.
The initial appointment will take several hours, so make sure to clear your schedule, eat a meal before you leave, and grab a snack.
Working With Your Acupuncturist to Create a Plan
Your initial appointment will feel like you are visiting a traditional doctor. Your acupuncturist will ask you several questions about your family history, your medical history, and your struggles with infertility. They will also ask you about any factors that are impacting your fertility, including medications or stress.
Next, your acupuncturist will create a plan that not only includes the acupuncture treatments, but also a plan to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. For example, your acupuncturist will recommend taking a variety of herbs and supplement and help you create a diet plan. As you continue to see your acupuncturist, this plan will change and become more specific to your needs and lifestyle.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Finally, your more pressing question is very simple: Does acupuncture hurt? In most cases, if a patient feels any pain, the sensation only lasts a short time. If it continues, your acupuncturist will adjust the needle to ensure the sensation goes away. You might experience other sensations, such as a tingling or a heavy feeling. This is a positive reaction because it means the needle is stimulating the area.
Discuss any fear of needles or anxiety you have about the procedure with your acupuncturist before your first appointment.
Understanding what you can expect and preparing for your first pregnancy acupuncture appointment can help you feel at ease, which ultimately will make the treatment more effective.Share