Fertility Acupuncture

Acupuncture for female and male fertility and IVF

Traditional acupuncture has been used for fertility, good health and emotional well-being for thousands of years and is today a popular treatment choice for couples trying to conceive.  Whether you are trying to get pregnant naturally , or if you are using assisted  conception (IVF), we can support you.

Some 17 % of couples (Cahill 2002) have difficulty conceiving for various factors such as ovulation disorder, endometriosis, stress, age, low sperm count/quality or, for 25% of couples,  unexplained  causes (NHS, 2014).  Trying to start a family can be a very stressful and anxious time.

Acupuncture treatment can help promote a calm, positive, relaxed frame of mind which can help bring a more successful outcome for conception. Acupuncture is combined with lifestyle and dietary advice. For many people, looking at their lifestyle and diet can make a big difference to fertility. Moxibustion and cupping may also be used alongside acupuncture treatment.

To obtain the maximum benefit from acupuncture it must be remembered that everyone is different and will have different underlying reasons for their difficulty in conceiving. This means treatments must be tailored to each individual, and courses may be of different duration and type in order to give acupuncture the best chance.

 

In this video from the British Acupuncture Council there are some testimonials from couples who turned to acupuncture to help them conceive:

 

IVF Support

A growing body of evidence suggests acupuncture can enhance the success of IVF treatment by as much as 65%. The British Acupuncture Council provides a useful fact sheet about acupuncture and infertility.

Ideally acupuncture treatments are started three months before the IVF cycle begins, to get the body into the best possible balance before IVF, however this is not always possible so do not worry there is good feedback that starting acupuncture later than this can still improve your chances.

Clare Nasir talks about her experience of using acupuncture with IVF to help her overcome infertility.

 

How can acupuncture help fertility

 Acupuncture may help in the treatment of fertility issues by:
  • regulating fertility hormones (Anderson 2007).
  • increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs (Ho 2009, Anderson 2007), which can improve the thickness of the endometrial lining, so increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
  • increasing egg production
  • improving oocyte quality (Chen 2009), which could increase the chance of fertilisation.
  • enhancing luteal function (Huang 2009) • regulating follicle stimulation hormone-receptor expression
  • normalising cortisol and prolactin levels on IVF medication days (Magarelli 2008); reducing stress (Anderson 2007)

  • Anderson et al. In vitro fertilization and acupuncture: clinical efficacy and mechanistic basis. Altern. Ther. Health Med. 2007;13(3):38-4
  • Cahill DJ, Wardle PG. Management of infertility. BMJ 2002;325:28-32.
  • Magarelli PC et al. Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer treatment. Fertil Steril 2008; 92(6):1870-9

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