Can Acupuncture Help Fertility?

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Bauer Coslick, an acupuncturist at Vitality Savannah, understands firsthand the way acupuncture can support fertility. When he and his wife experienced difficulty conceiving, they turned to acupuncture, combined with in-vitro fertilization. Today, the Coslicks are parents to healthy, active twins, much to their delight.

“Fertility issues can be related to a variety of factors, including diet and hormone imbalance,” he says. “Stress can also play a role in influencing a woman’s cycle.”

Coslick, who has treated approximately 100 patients for fertility issues, follows a specific protocol with IVF patients to encourage the body to accept the transfer of the fertilized egg. He inserts extra-fine needles in key locations along the arms, legs, abdomen and lower back, and says that acupuncture can boost the odds of conception by 40 to 60 percent.

It’s a very personal journey.

“One system affects the other,” he says. “You have to look at the bigger picture. There’s a whole cascading effect throughout the human body.”

Coslick blames prolonged stress for negatively affecting everything from sleep quality to overall immunity and endocrine function. By reducing stress hormones and creating a better balance in the body, acupuncture helps restore the body’s equilibrium, which can support the implantation of a fertilized egg and the growth of a fetus.

“I’ve had people come in and get pregnant and cancel their appointment with a fertility specialist,” he adds. “It’s a very personal journey.”

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