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Acupuncture may not help women conceive
by Missy Jaramillo
While pregnancy may come easily for some women, not everyone can conceive on a whim, even when she dedicates her efforts toward having a baby. In many instances, women are forced to seek additional help in order to have a baby. Over the years, acupuncture has been one technique that some people have turned to for assistance. However, new research shows that this may not bring females any closer to having a child.
Researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine recently found that in vitro fertilization in combination with acupuncture doesn't definitively increase the odds of women conceiving. However, the data seemed to have mixed results. For instance, the pregnancy rate of women from IVF clinics with high success numbers was low. In contrast, the rate of females who became pregnant after care from below-average IVF clinics was high.
"We found no pooled benefit of adjuvant acupuncture for IVF," the authors wrote in their study. "However, this baseline pregnancy rate subgroup finding among published trials requires further confirmation and exploration in additional studies because of the multiple subgroup tests conducted, the risk of unidentified confounders, the multiple different factors that determine baseline rates, and the possibility of publication bias."
What can I do to get pregnant?
Now that acupuncture may be out of the question for you as you try to conceive, there are still other ways that you can boost your chances of getting pregnant. For starters, it's a good idea to monitor your menstruation cycle and pinpoint the days when you're ovulating. These days are the key to conceiving with your partner - talk to your primary care physician about how to stay on top of your body's schedule.
In addition to being intimate with your significant other, the Mayo Clinic recommended taking care of yourself. This means eating right, exercising and taking your vitamins to put yourself in the best position to have a baby. Talk to your doctor about ways that you can prepare your body for an infant and put a valiant effort toward starting a family. Before you know it, you may be experiencing first trimester symptoms and planning your nursery!
Have you ever experienced difficulty conceiving? Which methods do you find to be the most helpful when you're trying to have a baby? Leave your tips and insight in the comments section below!