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Why Acupuncture for Fertility

Why would you have acupuncture for fertility? Acupuncture has assisted many couples in trying to conceive naturally. Acupuncture can help couples physically and emotionally as they progress through IUI, IVF or ICSI towards a successful pregnancy and birth. Acupuncture can be used safely alongside IVF. and can also be practised safely right through your pregnancy and after giving birth. Hatfield Practice provides treatments to prepare you and your body for birth. The Practice also provides treatments for postnatal conditions. Our practitioners will provide personal streams of communication, contact and support as you need.  Practitioners can be contacted out of hours for advice and support through the medium of text messages. We do our utmost to add the personal touch by getting to know you. Hatfield Practice, we understand that staying in contact and providing encouragement during stressful periods is essential. In short, we are there 100% for you all the way. 

Hatfield Practice Acupuncturist Helen and Baby Riley. Acupuncture for fertility Hatfield Practice

Hatfield Practice Acupuncturist Helen and Baby Riley


Traditional Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Treatment involves placing very fine needles into the skin at different points to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “Chee”), which is the body’s energy. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to balance energy and treat fertility problems in both men and women. There is now an impressive body of evidence to support Acupuncture.


Fertility-boosting Effects

A large-scale trial conducted at New York’s Weill Medical College of Cornell University concluded that Acupuncture treatment has the following fertility-boosting effects:

  • Stimulates increased blood flow to the uterus and uterine wall thickness, improving the chances of the fertilised egg to implant.
  • Acupuncture Increases endorphin production, which in turn has been shown to affect the release of a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) involved in regulating reproduction.
  • Fertility Acupuncture lowers stress hormones that are counterproductive and interfere with ovulation.
  • It has normalised fertility hormones that regulate ovulation.
  • Improve ovulation cycles in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that makes conception difficult.
  • Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF. The German protocol has shown studies that acupuncture provided before, during and after egg retrieval, a transfer can increase the cycle’s success by up to 50%.

How long should it take to get pregnant?

Pregnancy is dependant on many factors. Your fertility consultation will help us to examine your needs. Generally, suppose you and your partner have been having regular and unprotected sex for a year with no sign of pregnancy. In that case, it may be worthwhile making an appointment with your Acupuncturist to see if there are any apparent problems.

Does age matter?

Of course, the simple answer is, but we will do our best to increase your odds of conception! Unfortunately, for women in their late teens and early twenties, the chance of pregnancy in a given month is less than 25%, or they have to try on average for four months, despite the perfect timing of intercourse and the release of a healthy egg. In their early 30’s, women will have to try on average for ten months for each fertile period. Once women get into their early 40’s, the chances per month of becoming pregnant are reduced, but everyone will have different biological ages and unique health issues/situations. The chances at all ages are influenced if the man has a low sperm count, poor morphology or low motility. These can all be scientifically examined and tested.