According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10.9% of all reproductive aged women and 6% of married women of the same age are unable to conceive after one year of trying. Many couples struggling with infertility have found success in fertility acupuncture. Often times, this success has come without the use of medical assisted reproductive techniques (ART). However, when combined with techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), practitioners have seen a dramatic increase in the ability for couples to become pregnant. If this is the route you choose to take, know that not all acupuncturists are the same. Let’s take a look at four criteria to research before scheduling an appointment with a fertility acupuncturist.
When visiting any type of practitioner, experience is key. To ensure you choose the best acupuncturist for fertility treatments, look for an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility acupuncture. A focus in this area normally means the acupuncturist has thousands of hours of experience under his or her belt.
Dr. Bennett takes experience to the next level as she herself is not only a fertility acupuncture specialist, but Dr. Bennett is also a successful IVF patient. In fact, through the use of highly effective fertility acupuncture and the help of an excellent fertility MD specialist, Dr. Bennett was able to conceive not once but twice. Dr. Bennett’s personal journey combined with her many years of educational and clinical fertility experience sets her apart from other fertility acupuncturists. She understands your journey, as she too almost lost hope, but it happened for her and it can happen for you.
Does the fertility acupuncturist also practice fertility integrative medicine? When a patient feels his or her traditional medical doctor is not properly diagnosing a concern or providing the right treatment, the patient often begins searching for an alternative medicine practitioner. However, a traditional medical doctor should not be written off completely. Instead, the patient should look for an integrative alternative medicine practitioner who views health both traditionally and holistically. These practitioners are considered “integrative” because they work closely with traditional medical doctors to co-manage the patient’s care. When you seek treatment from an integrative alternative practitioner, you won’t feel forced to choose between traditional and holistic medicine. Instead, you may find adding non-allopathic fertility medicine to your ART produces the best results.
Dr. Bennett worked side-by-side daily with MDs from an internal medicine clinic for the first 10 years of practicing acupuncture. She continues to receive many referrals from board certified reproductive medical specialists, and pain management, internal, and family physicians. Dr. Bennett also receives referrals from multiple other providers who see the benefits of acupuncture and functional medicine and believe co-management is critical to providing fertility patients with the best care possible.
Once you have found an acupuncturist with both training and experience, it is important to test the waters. Interview your practitioner and ask detailed questions to determine his or her level of knowledge of fertility treatments. Be ready to discuss the fertility treatments you are currently receiving and any methods you have tried in the past. When you feel like the practitioner has a firm understanding of your unique situation, ask him or her how they are able to help you. He or she should be able to clearly explain several ideas and options that pertain specifically to you.
A good acupuncturist understands that not all conditions, such as infertility, are best treated with alternative medicine. Some conditions such as fibroid tumors and fallopian tube blockages should be referred out to Western doctors and acupuncture should only be used for assisted healing.
Regardless of your medical concerns, your fertility acupuncture practitioner should collect information regarding all of your medical conditions, your symptoms and any prescription medicine or supplements you are taking. When you become a patient of Dr. Bennett’s, she will conduct a thorough intake in order to provide care catered specifically to you. Dr. Bennett will co-manage your care with your MD’s and if you have one, your reproductive MD. She believes keeping an open dialogue with your medical providers or your medical reproductive specialist is the best way to ensure you receive the treatment that best benefits you. Dr. Bennett will handle all of your case management needs and make calls to your doctor(s) with updates. Dr. Bennett is what we refer to the “doctor’s doctor,” treating many local MD’s, their families and their patients.
When it comes to starting a family, fertility acupuncture is a highly successful treatment option for many couples when used alone or in conjunction with infertility treatments such as medical Assisted Reproductive techniques and protocols. To receive the best outcome, it is imperative to choose the right fertility acupuncturist for you.
If you have any questions or you are ready to schedule a consultation, please call Dr. Bennett at 714-962-5031.
Also, read about infertility and fertility treatment here.