Fertility Acupuncture

A personalised approach to optimal reproductive health

Natural Fertility Treatment

You’ve been told you have ‘unexplained infertility’ or maybe there’s something that’s been diagnosed but there’s no treatment for it (or at least none that seems to be helping). You don’t want to go through IVF, or you need to wait before you’re eligible for treatment on the NHS.

I believe there’s always a reason for any health problem, fertility issues included. Sometimes it just takes a different approach to understand what’s going on. Traditional acupuncture has been used to treat fertility issues for thousands of years, and it’s a system based on skilful observation and personalised treatment. With this approach I can help you understand what’s out of balance and how to get things back into shape so you’ve got the best chance of conceiving naturally.

Acupuncture IVF Support

If you’re undergoing IVF, ICSI, IUI or other assisted reproductive treatments, acupuncture can be used to support these techniques. Acupuncture may help you manage stress and anxiety, alleviate side effects of medication, and improve your chances of successfully getting pregnant. You can read a summary of recent research evidence for acupuncture alongside IVF and ICSI here.

Weekly treatment for at least several weeks leading up to the procedure is more likely to be helpful than just having a single session before and after embryo transfer.

“I had a positive test 2 weeks ago but was scanned today just to make sure, I am pregnant, twice over!!! Eeek!!

Just want to say a massive thank you for everything you did to help us get here, I will spread the word and would recommend you to anyone.”

EMMA

What to expect

Initial Consultation (£75)

Your initial consultation will last around 90 minutes. Most of the time will be spent discussing your fertility history as well as all other aspects of your health. In addition to asking questions, I’ll feel your pulses (at both wrists), look at your tongue, and may palpate your abdomen.

If you have been charting your basal body temperature we can look at your charts, otherwise I may ask you to start charting your BBT if it’s appropriate. I may also offer personalised lifestyle or dietary recommendations.

It takes two to get pregnant, so it may be helpful to have your partner come along for a consultation as well.

Subsequent Treatments (£55)

Acupuncture works best as a course of treatment. Each treatment will last around 45 minutes to one hour.

It is difficult to predict how many treatments will be needed. As a guideline, people typically see some changes within the first three to five treatments, but complex or long-standing conditions may take longer to respond.

Depending on the problem and the points to be used, you may be asked to take off items of clothing, but I’ll offer you blankets or a gown and leave the room while you change. I try to choose points that require as little undressing as possible and tui na massage, if appropriate, is normally performed through clothing.

“I just wanted you to know that we had our beautiful baby girl last Thursday… I started labour the early hours of the morning and gave birth early evening the same day. The hospital staff were shocked at the quick labour and delivery for a first baby so I can only assume the acupuncture had a part to play in that! Anyway a massive thanks to you for everything you have done for me/us in recent months.”

NATALIE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will I get pregnant?

I hope so but, just like an IVF cycle, there is no guarantee that you’ll get pregnant during or after treatment. Our aim is to help your body return to a more balanced and healthy state. This will mean different things for different women, but often involves regulating menstrual cycles and addressing any underlying imbalances. You’ll likely see various small symptoms improve along the way and many people say they feel calmer, lighter or just better in themselves. This all points to your body being healthier and more receptive to pregnancy.

How often should I have treatment, and for how long?

This will depend on your history, treatment approach and how you respond to treatment, but here is a rough guideline:

If you are trying to conceive naturally, you might expect a course of weekly treatments for 3 months. This will allow us to monitor any changes over three consecutive menstrual cycles. It is important that you come weekly as different treatments are often needed at different times in the cycle.

If you are having IVF/ICSI, it is best to start weekly acupuncture as early as possible (preferably before the IVF cycle begins), with an additional treatment before and after embryo transfer.

What if I get pregnant? Should I continue to come for treatments?

It’s sometimes a good idea to continue coming for treatment during pregnancy, though I will often suggest treatments can be more spaced out. Acupuncture may help with uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy like nausea and back pain, and can also be used to help prepare the body for labour.

I work during the days. What times can I come for sessions?

There are only a limited number of evening sessions available so if you are able to arrange with work to leave early, start late or have an extended lunch break one day a week, that makes scheduling a regular session for you much easier.

What if I’m going on holiday at some point?

We can space out some sessions to allow for holidays, but otherwise sticking to a schedule of weekly treatments is recommended for the best result.

What does the research evidence say about acupuncture for infertility?

Research evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for infertility is generally promising. In some cases there aren’t many studies, and in some others results have been mixed. But the evidence is positive enough that some doctors and fertility clinics now may offer or recommend acupuncture. The following links explore the scientific research evidence for acupuncture, especially in fertility-related areas:

Acupuncture research overview

Acupuncture used alongside ART (IVF etc)

Endometriosis

baby photo

“I thought I’d just drop you a line about our new arrival…

Thank you so much for all of your help during our journey. I believe it certainly helped us with all of our stress and got us into the right place.”

EMMA AND MIKE