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Why Acupuncture for Fertility

The Hatfield Acupuncture Practice is run by Helen Taylor-Weekes  Co-Director of the practice and Senior Acupuncturist with nearly 30 years of experience. Helen works alongside Maggs Rasmussen BA BSc (Acupuncture) MBAcC. Maggs is a Traditional Acupuncturist.  As well as the Hatfield Practice Maggs works at the Whittington Hospital in London.

lead Acupuncturist Helen Taylor-Weekes specialises in using particularly gentle Acupuncture techniques for both fertility and musculoskeletal pain. After nearly 30 years in practice, Helen is still completely committed to the holistic and natural approach to health. At The Hatfield Practice, every person is considered special and treated as such.

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Helen and Baby Riley


Helen has helped many couples trying to conceive naturally or are on their way through IUI, IVF or ICSI towards a successful pregnancy and parenthood. Acupuncture can be used safely alongside IVF. Acupuncture can also be practised safely right through your pregnancy and after giving birth. Helen provides treatments to prepare you for birth. Our Practice is set up for postnatal support and treatments.

Helen and our team are very involved with our patients and we try to provide as much contact and support as you need.  We can be contacted out of hours through the medium of text messages. We do our utmost to add the personal touch by getting to know you. Importantly staying in contact and encouraging you during stressful periods and laughing with you during happy ones. In short, we are there 100% all the way. About Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Treatment involves placing very fine needles into the skin at different points in order 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 this Acupuncture success.

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:

  • Increased blood flow to the uterus and uterine wall thickness improving the chances of the fertilised egg to implant.
  • Increased endorphin production which in turn has shown to affect the release of a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) involved in regulating reproduction.
  • Lower stress hormones that interfere with ovulation.
  • Normalised fertility hormones that regulate ovulation.
  • Improve ovulation cycles in women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that makes conception difficult.
  • 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 success of the cycle by up to 50%.

How long should it take to get pregnant?

This varies enormously and is dependant on many factors. Your consultation will help us to examine your needs.

Generally, if you and your partner have been having regular and unprotected sex for a year with no sign of pregnancy then it may be worthwhile making an appointment with your Acupuncturist to see if there are any obvious problems.

Does age matter?

The simple answer is of course, but we will do our best to increase your odds of conception!

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 4 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 10 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 a different biological age and unique health issues/situation.

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.