Acupuncture and Infertility
Ancient yet modern: You may have heard that traditional acupuncture can help infertility alongside assisted conception procedures. Many people simply have treatments at the time, for example either side of embryo transfer in IVF. But did you know there is also great advantage in receiving earlier preparative treatments? And there’s the possibility of a course of treatment alone helping fertility for both men and women. In this practice Sue encourages people to take advantage of the full possibilities acupuncture has to offer for natural and assisted fertility.
So how can acupuncture help with infertility?
Acupuncture is a wonderful natural system of medicine that restores and maintains our health. The needles presence activates a person’s own recuperative and healing powers. Over 2000 years ago this ancient science was already well established as part of the repertoire of Chinese Medicine. Traditionally, the practice is seen as working with the “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy of the body. This energy flows continuously through the meridian system, an energetic network linking the points which in turn influence the internal organs and other body systems. This science aims to treat the whole person and looks at the causes of specific problems as well as the symptoms.
The practice involves the shallow insertion of hair fine needles and the sessions are amazingly relaxing with no side effects!
To have the best chances of conception both you and your partner can be treated to increase your general health and vitality. If possible plan some treatments to be taken a few months ahead of time, whether you are looking at natural or assisted conception. Stress has a strong affect on the balance of our fertility hormones. Treatment is excellent for releasing stress and enabling you both to feel calm, positive and centred as you prepare for this special time in your lives.
Infertility can benefit by working specifically to help you achieve regular periods and ovulation. It works to balance the fertility hormones and can be used to increase follicle production and enhance the ovaries. It can also help increase the thickness of the lining of the womb so that good embryo implantation is more likely. It can be used to lower the risk of miscarriage. It can be used specifically to help male fertility too, working to enhance the quantity, shape and mobility of the sperm.
Acupuncture and infertility treatment can be used alongside assisted conception to help increase the chances of success and to help you cope with any side effects of the fertility medication.
And remember once you are pregnant…. continuing the treatment can help expectant mums throughout their pregnancies, keeping you strong and working with any issues such as morning sickness. And acupuncture can also be used to prepare for and during labour….and onwards to keep mum, dad and baby in the best of health.
The British Acupuncture Council, the regulating body for the UK, has information on relevant acupuncture and infertility research here:
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