FERTILITY & IVF
Supporting your journey
ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY
Are you considering acupuncture to support you on your fertility journey?
This can be a very stressful and upsetting time for couples, placing immense strain on you and possibly your relationship. If you are looking for support on your fertility journey, I will help you at every stage, from pre-conception to conception and throughout the stages of pregnancy. If your infertility is unexplained, it is worth considering acupuncture before starting any assisted fertility treatment.
As well as looking at your presenting symptoms, the mental and emotional aspects of your well-being will be addressed, along with any dietary and lifestyle modifications, to maximise your chances of conception.
How can it help me?
Fertility Support Conditions
- Unexplained infertility
- Pre conception care
- Assisted reproductive support
- IVF/IUI support
- Frequent miscarriage
- Hormone imbalances
- Menstrual cycle irregularities
- Stress related factors
- Sperm quality
- Thyroid problems
Pregnancy Support Conditions
- Back pain
- Breech presentation
- Preparation for labour & induction
Acupuncture can have some benefit on reproductive outcomes
According to studies published in the British Medical Journal:
Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate the female reproductive system. Three potential mechanisms for its effects on fertility have been postulated.
Firstly, acupuncture may mediate the release of neurotransmitters, which may in turn stimulate secretion of gonadotrophin releasing hormone, thereby influencing the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and fertility.
Secondly, acupuncture may stimulate blood flow to the uterus by inhibiting uterine central sympathetic nerve activity.
Thirdly, acupuncture may stimulate the production of endogenous opioids, which may inhibit the central nervous system outflow and the biological stress response.
This is an extract from an article on the BMJ (British Medial Journal) website
ACUPUNCTURE FOR IVF, IUI AND ICSI
Acupuncture can be of great benefit during this stressful time. I offer support throughout the IVF process wherever possible. I would normally recommend that patients receive regular acupuncture treatment a few months before embarking on their IVF cycle, to help prepare the body and mind for what’s ahead.
There is a growing body of research being carried out into the effectiveness of acupuncture for many conditions. A review of the evidence base acupuncture for IVF or ICSI can be found her this British Acupuncture website: click here for more information.
Benefits of Acupuncture for IVF
Acupuncture works well alongside conventional medical treatment and research has shown it may be helpful during the IVF cycle in the following ways:
- Increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
- Regulating fertility hormones which may improve the quantity and quality of follicles minimizing IVF and medication symptoms
- Stress reduction
- Improving male factor fertility including sperm motility, morphology & count
- Promoting embryo implantation
Fertility and IVF Testimonials
Rebecca has helped me get pregnant twice. I now have a delightful two year old boy and am currently happily pregnant again after having acupuncture alongside my IVF treatment cycles. I have found Rebecca’s approach to be most helpful, relaxing and precise, hitting the spots to increase my fertility and lower stress levels. She has helped with anxiety, stress and her caring thoughtful nature provides a post to lean on during the IVF process. It definitely does work and I would highly recommend giving her acupuncture treatment a go to increase fertility. It is all worth it and a highly relaxing experience to compliment IVF and life challenges.
I suffer from a condition called endometriosis. Unfortunately this condition impacted my chances of conceiving naturally and I had to undergo IVF treatment. I underwent IVF on two occasions and both attempts I conceived first time on each cycle.
Alongside the IVF treatment I attended acupuncture sessions with Rebecca. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. I found Rebecca very easy to talk to about such sensitive issues and also to advise at what points to visit for acupuncture treatment.
I found that my body responded very well to the treatment.
As well as it’s highly effective outcome to fertility I also found it helped with other health matters such as migraines and nerve pain. I recall on one occasion I had a migraine at the point of when I visited Rebecca, a needle to my forehead released the tension with the pain dissolving within 20 mins!! At this point I had full confidence in the power of acupuncture and its positive effects to the mind and body.
I would highly recommend acupuncture. I am now a mum to two beautiful young girls and am so pleased I took acupuncture on my journey to conception. I am also grateful to Rebecca for her approach and desire to want to help. I would not hesitate to visit Rebecca again if I felt there was something that needed to be addressed.