Past Issue

Volume 9, Supplement 1, Summer 2015 (Presented at 16th Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and 10th Royan Nursing and Midwifery Seminar) Pages: 114-114

Pnm-18: Complementary and Integrative Medicine And Pregnancy


Background
Many couples have difficulty in getting pregnant, and turn to a variety of treatments to help them conceive. Allopathic, or conventional, methods to help with infertility are often expensive and risky. There are many things a woman can do to increase the chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy with alternative forms of medicine. Integrative medicine with complementary treatments, like nutrition, dietary supplements, and acupuncture.
Materials and methods
In order to increase information and knowledge about the topic, we searched the databases: OVID , CINAHL , SCOPUS , PubMed , Magiran , Iran doc , SID , Science direct, using Keywords: adherence; complementary medicine gestation; pregnancy; integrative medicine. Library resources were used for this purpose, then selection of related content.
Results
Studies have shown that integrative medicine such as acupuncture, can be used to treat infertility in combination with traditional medicine. The acupuncture might increase blood flow and assistance with handling emotions and stress. Acupuncture electronic stimulation can help reproductive hormones. Although more researches are needed to confirm the findings, a study showed that acupuncture given as a complement to IVF which increases the odds of achieving pregnancy. Supplements in diet help a woman become pregnant, stay pregnant, and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Several clinical studies showed that chaste berry herbal tincture successfully improved fertility. L-arginine, an amino acid, helps improve ovarian response, endometrial receptivity, and pregnancy rate. Yoga and meditation provide a way to relax, improve your attitude, and help you manage stress. Some women undergoing IVF experience more success with these forms of integrative medicine, maintaining a regular yoga and meditation practice.
Conclusion
Integrative medicine brings together treatments from both traditional medicine and alternative or complementary medicine. More and more often.