As a fertility acupuncturist in Fort Collins, Colorado, I'm one of the only people doing this work in my region. So many women struggle with fertility issues. I want them to hear the message that acupuncture can help.
Infertility is hard. I see women every day who are despondent about their inability to have a baby. By far, the biggest issue women deal with is the stress of trying and failing to reach a goal. And yet, the message they seem to hear over and over is "Don't Stress".
Stress does have an impact on fertility, but that message can be oversold. Yes, it impacts your sympathetic nervous system. Stress supercharges your fight or flight reflex; that's how women through the ages were able to get up and flee from a lion.
But how do you tell someone to stop worrying about something? The message itself just adds more stress. That doesn't work. Instead here is what I tell patients:
Don't sit around waiting around and hoping, fretting, and worrying. Make a list of all the things that would be hard to do with a newborn. Wind surfing? Going to dinner and movies? International travel? Triathlon training? Make that bucket list, whatever it is, and then go do it.
The chances are very high that you will have a baby soon. 85% of all my patients go on to have a baby. So, take all that effort you were putting into worrying, and channel it toward something that will make you happy in the meantime. By the end of the process you may have a killer passport or a race medal... AND a baby!