In eastern cultures, acupuncture has been used as a means to help increase fertility. The use of acupuncture alongside IVF has become widespread in recent years. It is a safe supportive therapy.
I strongly believe that traditional acupuncture to be an effective tool in supporting reproductive health.
How acupuncture can benefit women having IVF
Acupuncture can help with IVF treatment in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally. Clinical trials have been able to demonstrate with ultrasound that fertility acupuncture increases blood flow to the pelvic organs such as the uterus and ovaries. This may help with follicle development and increase the chances of implantation.
Traditional acupuncture treatments are also effective at relieving stress, which has been shown to have a detrimental effect on all of our body systems and is sometimes considered to be a barrier to conception. In the treatment room there is plenty of time and space to talk and offload. I can often explain proceedures etc and answer any questions you may have in relation to your treatment. The fertility clinics are busy places and it is sometimes hard to take everything in.
In 2017 78.57% of my IVF patients had a positive pregnancy test The ages of women ranged from 27 to 42 years. The mean age was 35 years. The majority of women in this group had had prior IVF cycles that were unsuccessful before deciding to try acupuncture.
There are also a number of women became pregnant in the month leading up to their IVF cycle during acupuncture preparation.
In 2016, 77.77% had a positive pregnancy test.
In 2015, 79.81% had a positive pregnancy test.
How I use Acupuncture alongside IVF
Acupuncture is used to help prepare the body prior to a couple starting IVF and then throughout the whole procedure.
Prior to commencement of treatment: It is beneficial to attend for regular sessions leading up to starting treatment. This may include preparing the body for IVF by beginning acupuncture at least a month ahead, but there are many benefits to be had whenever a woman starts treatment.
During IVF: Treatment is recommended which supports where you are in the IVF process, this is usually weekly during down-regulation and twice weekly during stimulation. Specific treatments are given pre and post embryo transfer.
Pregnancy: Following conception, weekly acupuncture is usually suggested in the first twelve weeks of a pregnancy.
The Zita West National Network of Affiliated Acupuncturists
The Zita West clinic in London is run by Zita and her renowned medical and complementary health team, including; acupuncturists, midwives, doctors and nutritionists etc. It is the largest and most successful integrated reproductive health practice in the UK, helping thousands of men and women at every stage of the reproductive cycle.
In response to Zita’s clients enquiring whether she or her team could recommend an acupuncturist in their area (they see clients from all over the UK and abroad); they set up the affiliated acupuncturist network in 2007 in order to train in her style, experienced acupuncturists with a particular interest in fertility.
As a founding member of this network I have been trained in this holistic approach of trying to achieve optimum reproductive health. I employ the acupuncture protocols employed at her clinic. As affiliates, we receive regular training and updates, and use an ‘on-line’ forum to share our ‘in-practice’ experiences.
I am a recommended acupuncturist with Midland Fertility the Midland’s longest established independent fertility clinic, which provides fertility treatment for both private and NHS patients. Click on the link to see their services and current results.
I am also a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.
Please feel free to call and ask any questions you may have.