Acupuncture for Women’s Health, Fertility and Pregnancy

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

Acupuncture Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Women’s Health, Fertility and Pregnancy

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is woman led acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA specializing in acupuncture for women's health and fertility. We understand that each woman's body undergoes numerous changes over a lifetime. Hormones play an integral role during each stage of development, from puberty to post-menopause. Additionally, hormones play a pivotal role in a woman's fertility and the ability to become pregnant. Acupuncture can assist in creating harmony and wellness throughout all stages of a woman's life!

What are hormones?

A hormone is a chemical that carries messages to and from all the organs in the body. A hormone has a specific action, and these specific actions can be thought of as a lock and key (as each hormone has a specific destination) Hormones are critical as they help to maintain balance and optimal function within the body. At birth, hormone levels are extremely high and decrease within a few months of a child's birth. During puberty, hormone levels increase and stimulate the production of sex hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone.

Testosterone: principal male hormone, however is present in females in lower amounts. Assists with libido, mood, energy, and body fat.

Estrogen: A female hormone, produced by the ovaries, the adrenal gland, and by body fat. Assists with regulation of cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and calcium retention in the bones.

Progesterone: A female hormone, produced in largest amounts over the menstrual cycle, specifically, during and after ovulation and prepares the uterus for fertilizing the egg. Additionally assists with reduction of body fat, aids in relaxation, reduction of anxiety and to promote hair growth.

At puberty, a woman's body undergoes numerous changes, with one the most desired outcomes to become pregnant. Monthly menstrual cycles continue until perimenopause, which is the stage at which a woman's body begins to start menopause. During menopause, a woman may experience night sweats, trouble sleeping, hot flashes, increased anxiety, irritability, vaginal dryness - all of which acupuncture treatments can work to reduce. Postmenopausal woman need to be sure to have their bone mineral density checked, as the loss of estrogen can reduce bone mineral density significantly. A 2015 study demonstrated that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can relieve osteoporosis and increase bone mineral density(1).

About 10-15% of couples have difficulty becoming pregnant

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we with work with couples to increase fertility without the harmful side effects of fertility drugs. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that is often used for infertility treatment.

Why Acupuncture for infertility treatment?

Couples choose include acupuncture in their infertility treatment due to the little side effects that exist.

Benefits of acupuncture for infertility include:

  1. Increase blood flow to reproductive organs

  2. Relieving stress

  3. Balancing hormonal levels

  4. Improving menstrual cycle (As a poor and inconsistent period can correlate to increased risk for infertility)

  5. Relieving anxiety

For women who are receiving IVF, acupuncture treatment can increase the success rate of embryo transfer and implantation.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Pregnant women's bodies undergo sudden and dramatic increases in estrogen and progesterone, and these dramatic changes are necessary to support embryo development. Acupuncture works to create harmony within the body, to assist with balancing hormonal levels. During the first trimester, miscarriage rates, fatigue, breast tenderness, and morning sickness are most likely to occur. An acupuncturist will use acupuncture points to reduce the risk of a miscarriage and to resolve nausea and vomiting related morning sickness. During the second and third trimester, weight gain can lead to lumbopelvic pain. Acupuncture treatment can reduce this chronic pain. Additionally, acupuncture is a safe treatment option as many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are not recommended during pregnancy.

A study conducted at Yale University demonstrated that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pregnancy-related lower back and posterior pelvic pain (2). At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we utilize Japanese style acupuncture, which uses hair-thin acupuncture needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points that best suit a woman's needs. Additional therapies such as craniosacral therapy, cupping, moxibustion, and Reiki are added to an acupuncture treatment plan to maintain optimal health and wellness throughout all three trimesters.

Whether you are looking at acupuncture as a natural healing technique to reduce lower back and posterior pelvic pain, to reduce stress and anxiety related to pregnancy, or as a fertility treatment. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, holistic method to increase fertility and to treat pregnant women suffering from pregnancy related pain, discomforts and illnesses.

Book an appointment today, to experience the profound benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that are offered at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine - Acupuncture in Beverly, MA!

1.Yuan LM, Li YM, Chen LM, Lei XH & Jia SJ. (2015). Therapeutic Effect on Primary Osteoporosis Treated by Electro-acupuncture Combined with Jiawei Shentong Zhuyu Decoction. Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 31(8).

2. Wang S.M. et al. “Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain: a pilot study” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology September 2009.