Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of Chinese Medicine, over 2,000 years old. It restores and promotes good health and wellbeing by inserting hair-thin needles into specific locations. Accupuncture aims to treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes, rather than suppress the symptoms. Acupuncture aims to stimulate the body’s own healing response, to accelerate healing and help to restore its natural balance.
Acupuncture and Fertility Acupuncture has been known to increase your chances of conception naturally or with IVF.
Acupuncturists aim to rebalance your energy flow and prime your body for fertility.
The British Acupuncture Council believes acupuncture may boost female fertility by doing the following:
- Regulating hormone function
- Increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus and helping to relax your muscles which can improve the chance of an embryo implanting.
- Tackling the causes of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a common cause of infertility.
- Generally helping to relieve stress and make you feel more relaxed.
The acupuncturist will take a full medical history, including details of your menstrual cycle and the results of fertility tests you’ve had, with this information the acupuncturist will be able to tailor a plan of treatment to suit your needs. As well as the acupuncture treatment, appointments usually include advice on nutrition and lifestyle changes that can boost fertility. Development of the egg and sperm takes about three months, so this is a minimum preparation time during which you can influence egg and sperm quality. Nutrition changes can take longer to affect the body fully, so planning 4 to 6 months ahead is much better. Often making lifestyle changes is a gradual transition too, so give yourself this time.
There is evidence to show acupuncture increases sperm motility (how fast the sperm swim), as well as increasing levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and lowering the temperature of the scrotum (where sperm are stored), creating a better environment for keeping them healthy. So treatment for both partners can help increase your chances of conception.
Acupuncture and IVF
Research suggests that acupuncture may help in various areas relating to assisted conception, including during the lead-up to a cycle and immediately before and after embryo transfer. We suggest sessions at various key times during the IVF process:
- In the lead up to your cycle
- Pre- and post-embryo transfer
- The Two-Week Wait
During the 2 week wait we offer women a very gentle treatment for stress and relaxation between days 7 and 10. These are very comforting sessions which help to support your body and relieve tension and anxiety whilst you wait for your pregnancy result.
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Acupuncture offers a safe, effective and drug-free option during pregnancy. It can be used to help a wide variety of pregnancy-related complaints. We also offer four weekly pre-birth sessions to prepare you and your baby for labour, including advice on techniques to use during labour to promote better baby positioning, cervix effacement and relieve pain. However, if you are overdue acupuncture can also be used to gently induce labour, usually an average of 3 or more sessions are required.
Will acupuncture hurt?
The needles used are very fine and are not usually painful. The sensation felt is often described as a tingling or dull ache around the area. Patients often report feeling relaxed or invigorated during and after treatment.
How long will it take?
The first treatment will normally be for around an hour and a full history is taken. This includes all aspects of your health and family history. There will also be examination of the tongue and pulse, which give indications of how the energy is flowing internally. Subsequent sessions will be shorter, approximately 45 minutes.
Price : £65.00 for 1 hour of first assesment and treatment, then £55 per 45 minute follow up treatments