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