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.