Had a miscarriage to get pregnant again? Do you know that acupuncture can help recovery?
A miscarriage is a tragic event that involves the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Early miscarriage, which is the loss of pregnancy at ≤13 weeks’ pregnancy, is particularly common. In fact, about one in four pregnancies, where a woman has missed a menstrual period and has a positive pregnancy test, ends in early miscarriage. When a woman experiences three or more miscarriages in a row, this is known as recurrent miscarriages.
The impact of a miscarriage on women can be both physical and emotional. It can be devastating psychologically, in addition to the physical effects such as bleeding and pain. The excitement and expectation that come with discovering a pregnancy can be quickly replaced with sadness and tears when a miscarriage occurs. Women may also feel angry, jealous, or guilty after a miscarriage. They may experience feelings of emptiness and loneliness that others cannot understand, making it difficult to cope with daily life. There is also a fear of not being able to become pregnant again or experiencing another loss. Research studies have shown that one month after pregnancy loss, nearly a third of women suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while one in four experienced moderate to severe anxiety, and one in ten had moderate to severe depression. After nine months, nearly one in five women had PTSD, moderate to severe anxiety, and one in twenty had moderate to severe depression. One in six women experience long-term PTSD following miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Most women will have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage. However, approximately 20% of women who have had a miscarriage have another miscarriage the next time they become pregnant. Some women may also experience difficulty getting pregnant again.
After a miscarriage, a woman's body needs to recover both physically and emotionally. Physical recovery can take a couple of months to rebalance hormones, get rid of inflammation from the miscarriage, and restart the menstrual cycle. Emotional recovery can take much longer.
Early miscarriage is usually diagnosed by pelvic ultrasound after a woman has experienced vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain. Women with a complete miscarriage, where the expulsion of pregnancy tissue is complete, are managed conservatively without further intervention. Women with a missed or incomplete miscarriage may require further intervention.
There are steps that women can take to help recover from a miscarriage. One option is acupuncture, which can help reduce stress and release emotions, rebalance hormones, reduce inflammation, and prepare the body for pregnancy again. Acupuncture can also help women who have difficulty conceiving after a miscarriage to get pregnant faster.
Acupuncture can be very useful in the physical and emotional recovery from a miscarriage. It helps to rebalance hormones and improves ovarian and uterine blood flow, which can lead to good quality eggs and uterine lining and receptivity. Acupuncture also reduces inflammation and stress and anxiety, which can help prepare the body to become pregnant again physically. Additionally, acupuncture can help release stress, anxiety, and emotions, promoting emotional recovery to be ready to get pregnant psychologically. It can help regulate brain regions that control emotions such as the amygdala and nervous system and balance chemicals that play a vital role in emotional processing to facilitate mental and emotional release.
In conclusion, miscarriage can have a profound impact on a woman's physical and emotional health. It is essential to seek support and care to help recover from a miscarriage. Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy to help with the physical and emotional recovery and promote fertility after a miscarriage.
Research evidence that acupuncture helps get pregnant, reduce miscarriages and increase Live birth rate.
According to recent data analyses, Acupuncture has shown a significant increase in clinical pregnancy rates by 28% to 32%, ongoing pregnancy rates by 42%, and live birth rates by 30% compared to receiving no treatment. Furthermore, the administration of acupuncture did not increase the risk of miscarriage. In fact, some analyses have shown that acupuncture reduces the risk of miscarriage by 43%.
Moreover, when women who had previously failed a cycle received acupuncture, it was found to be 42% more effective in increasing live births. It is important to note that the baseline pregnancy rate continues to mediate acupuncture's effects.
These findings suggest that acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for women seeking to increase their chances of pregnancy and live birth rates, particularly for those who have experienced difficulties with previous cycles. Further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind the observed effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates and outcomes.
Lee E. Hullender Rubin, Med Acupunct. December 2019; 31(6): 329–333.