Pre-conception health

A couple's fertility depends on many factors, such as constitution, age, lifestyle, diet and stress levels.


If there is no diagnosed reason for infertility (male or female), acupuncture aims to strengthen both partners' constitution and create a harmonious environment for conception. Your acupuncturist will discuss lifestyle changes with you that may enhance your fertility.

Disorders that cause infertility

As well as being used for unexplained infertility, acupuncture can also benefit those with diagnosed conditions that make conception difficult – sometimes on its own and sometimes in conjunction with western medical interventions.


Many of our patients come to us with PCOS, endometriosis, amenorrhoea (no periods), ovulation disorders, and persistent pelvic inflammatory disease.


IVF and assisted conception

Acupuncture can be used as a support for all stages of IUI, IVF, FET and ICSI treatment.


Acupuncture eases anxiety, helps with medication side-effects such as nausea, and improves your chances of pregnancy.

The science bit

Scientific studies show that acupuncture supports fertility by

  • regulating fertility hormones

  • increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs

  • improving the thickness of the endometrial lining

  • increasing egg production

  • improving oocyte quality

  • enhancing luteal function

  • regulating follicle stimulation hormone-receptor expression

  • normalising cortisol and prolactin levels on IVF medication days

  • promoting embryo implantation


Acupuncture, fertility and IVF