Acupuncture for fertility

A couple’s fertility is influenced by so many factors – medical conditions, constitution, age, lifestyle, diet, stress etc. If there is a known reason for reduced fertility, acupuncture can work alongside any conventional treatments to maximise your chances of conceiving.

    "The treatments
   make me feel
   revitalised and
   the holistic approach
   to addressing
   both the body and
   spirit make me feel
   like I have been
   listened to,
   understood and given
   a boost that lasts
   several weeks."

Camilla, Oxford

If there is no diagnosed reason, acupuncture aims to strengthen the constitution of both partners, regulate the menstrual cycle and create the best possible environment for conception. We will also have a close look at your diet and lifestyle and may make suggestions on ways to improve them.

If you’re thinking of opting for IVF treatment, we would recommend that you begin having acupuncture now. Ideally, it is best to allow a minimum of three months acupuncture treatment before commencing your IVF cycle.

This gives some time to maximising your fertility – regulating menstruation, balancing hormones, strengthening your constitutional health and supporting your body so that you take better quality eggs or sperm into the assisted fertility cycle.

If your IVF cycle has already begun, we offer support throughout the process. Acupuncture can be used at all stages of IUI, IVF and assisted fertility treatments. Among other benefits, it can help minimise side effects of drugs, such as nausea and reduce stress levels.

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that acupuncture given at the time of embryo transfer increases pregnancy rates.

Other research has shown acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus resulting in a thicker and more regular uterine lining, which may explain increased rates of successful implantations. Other studies indicate acupuncture improves the quality of sperm.

 

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Practitioner Sara Barker
Practitioner Sam Manning

 

 


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