Check out my interview with an acupuncturist were we discuss the role of acupuncture in women’s reproductive health.
I first sought acupuncture treatment after my stillbirth at 23 weeks and 4 days. I just needed something to re-balance my hormones naturally and I also needed to induce my menstrual cycle naturally. Did it help? You bet. After just a couple of sessions, not only was my period back but my whole being got bathed in goodness and calmness. I also sought acupuncture right after my miscarriage at about 7 weeks pregnant. I needed to get rid of the retained pregnancy tissue that was stuck in my uterus. And since I wanted to do it naturally (I really didn’t want to take the medication or get a D&C), the only option I thought of was acupuncture. After two longer treatments, and lots of raspberry tea drinking, my body was able to pass the tissue on its own. So to say I’m an avid supporter of acupuncture is a HUGE understatement.
Now I know that acupuncture can sound scary and I understand if you’re sceptical. That’s why I’ve decided it to bring on an acupuncturist and ask her all the questions related to fertility, pregnancy and miscarriage.
Everyone, please meet… Jada Elexcia!
Q: Can you tell me a little about yourself? How long have you been an acupuncturist and what got you into acupuncture?
I’ve been a registered acupuncturist for five years and I’m so honoured to be able to practice traditional Chinese medicine within my community. I’ve also been part of the health and wellness injured industry for 11 years. Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to support and heal people and women around me. This led me to a career in holistic health and eventually acupuncture. I’ve also been diagnosed with dysmenorrhoea and endometriosis and that’s why I leaned towards acupuncture to help me with my pain and symptoms. I’m happy to report that it helped me tremendously. In my practice, I love supporting women through every journey and every cycle they go through. I work with fertility, IUI/ IVF, hormonal health, mental health, pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum.
Q: Can acupuncture help with fertility?
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial to boost fertility. It is known to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries to increase ovarian function to balance hormonal issues, and can help with implantation. It can also increase the possibility of IUI and IVF success.
Q: Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy? If so, what are the benefits of seeking an acupuncturist while pregnant?
Acupuncture is extremely safe in pregnancy. You can use it in your first trimester all the way until your baby comes. In the first trimester, it can help prevent a miscarriage and reduce morning sickness and fatigue. In the second trimester, it can help relieve sciatica, heartburn and headaches. And in the third trimester, it can help with insomnia, edema (swelling), anxiety, breech presentation and delayed labor.
Q: What are the benefits of acupuncture after a miscarriage? In other words, why should a woman seek acupuncture after a miscarriage?
Acupuncture is very beneficial to support a non-viable pregnancy and to help post miscarriage. It can induce a menstrual period. It can help with retained tissue. It can help with the emotional and mental pain as well as the physical pain. Post-miscarriage acupuncture can also help with rebuilding the uterine lining, finding hormonal balance and helping with the mental emotional issues. I have recently had a missed miscarriage myself (in November 2020) and found acupuncture to be extremely beneficial for me. It has helped to induce my period and helped with my postpartum anxiety and depression as well as cramping. My body was able to bounce back within four weeks.
If someone is experiencing a threatened miscarriage, there are a few points to help to prevent further issues or complications to the threatened miscarriage. This would be a scenario where the foetus is still viable but possibly the woman is bleeding or having some cramping. A few acupuncture points that you can press at home include Du 20 (raises Qi counteracting the downward movement of the foetus), Kidney 9 (prevents uterine contractions) and Yintang (calms the mind). These points can also be used to maintain a healthy pregnancy in its first trimester. It is recommended in the first trimester to have weekly acupuncture appointments to raise Qi, increase blood flow to the uterus/ growing fetus, prevent first trimester symptoms and to calm the overall nervous system.
Q: If someone can’t afford acupuncture, is there something they can do themselves (i.e. press certain points)?
If someone can’t afford acupuncture, there are acupressure points that someone could press to support them in miscarriage, fertility or birth prep. However, it is best to have a consultation with a registered acupuncturist so you know what points are safe to press wherever you are in your journey.
If you have any other questions you’d like to ask Jada, please leave them in the comments below.