Acupuncture for Infertility
Having personal experience of fertility issues, I understand how frustrating can be when you’re trying to conceive, and, for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to be happening. And we’re certainly not alone, it is estimated around one in seven UK couples has trouble falling pregnant. Whether you’re keen to have a baby right away, are seeing a doctor about your fertility, or contemplating treatment, such as IVF, acupuncture can help bring about the positive result you want.
Through healing acupuncture and looking at a client’s health and well-being in the round, I’ve managed to get to the heart of many of my patients’ underlying fertility problems, tackling its root cause. I’m delighted to say that many hundreds have gone on to fall pregnant naturally or via assisted conception – you can read their feedback here.
How Fertility Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture works by stimulating sensory nerves in the body, triggering its natural healing response, helping restore hormonal balance and your body’s natural energy flow.
Derived from ancient China, acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is widely recognised by western practitioners and fertility clinics for its therapeutic benefits. As well as used by NHS to treat certain conditions, research1 collated by the British Acupuncture Council shows that acupuncture helps:
- Re-balance fertility hormones
- Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs
- Regulate the menstrual cycle
- Improve the condition of uterus lining
- Counteract effects of conditions, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Alongside supporting natural conception, studies2 consistently show acupuncture also improves chances of pregnancy success during IVF.
What Fertility Issues Do You Treat?
The key for falling pregnant is regular ovulation, the release of a healthy egg each month. I use acupuncture to effectively treat lots of conditions that disrupt the ovulation cycle, including PCOS, Endometriosis and Amenorrhea (when periods don’t materialise for months at time).
Many clients also come to me with unexplained fertility or having experienced recurrent miscarriages. But through the acupuncture process and getting to understand the nuances of their menstrual cycle, lifestyle and nutritional health, breakthroughs happen, from periods becoming more regular, to pinpointing where more investigation is needed, leading to happy, healthy pregnancies.
Acupuncture is also ideal for tackling fertility stress. Riding the rollercoaster of anticipation, excitement and disappointment, sends out disruptive stress hormones. Acupuncture breaks this stress cycle, helping the body to relax and re-align, so you fall pregnant naturally.
What Happens During Fertility Acupuncture?
Before your acupuncture treatment begins, we will discuss your medical history, menstrual cycle and any fertility issues you have experienced or treatment you may be undertaking.
Lying down on a comfortable treatment couch, ultra-fine needles are gently inserted into certain acupuncture points on your body. The process isn’t painful and the only sensation you are likely to feel is a slight tingling or warmth. The needles stay in place for a length of time, anywhere from a few minutes to half-an-hour, depending on your reason for treatment.
Diet and Lifestyle Guidance for Boosting Fertility
Acupuncture supports your body’s self-healing mechanisms, putting your body into repair mode and priming it for pregnancy. A key part of my acupuncture therapy involves taking a step back to look at your overall health and wellness. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your diet, nutrition and lifestyle and ways you can achieve a happier, healthier balance. It is amazing how making even small changes, such as eating certain foods, can help boost fertility.
Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist, High Wycombe and Marlow
I run two acupuncture practices in the Bucks area – one from my clinic overlooking leafy Downley Common in High Wycombe, and a regular clinic at the Marlow Club in Globe Park.
To find out more about how my acupuncture can support your pregnancy journey, book a personal consultation with me today on 07860 820914 or email me at: [email protected]