Your Top 5 Questions on Acupuncture for Fertility Answered
1.How can acupuncture boost fertility?
The research into the effectiveness of acupuncture for supporting fertility and those engaging in IVF is constantly growing and expanding. Fertility acupuncture can help regulate hormones, improve blood flow into the reproductive organs, egg quality and reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with fertility struggles. All of these effects can improve your chances of getting pregnant.
2.How often should I have acupuncture for fertility?
Acupuncture is always tailored uniquely to each person who comes to clinic. Therefore, the frequency of treatment will vary depending on the individual’s reproductive health, stress levels, general health etc. Most clients receive acupuncture once or twice a week for several weeks or months. for several weeks or months. When going through egg freezing, IVF or IUI weekly treatment is timed alongside your protocols including down regulation, egg collection, transfer and the two week wait.
3.When should I start having acupuncture for fertility?
I recommend Preconception Care to all my fertility clients including those an IVF journey. It’s the first step towards making your baby, and getting your body prepared and healthy before, as well as during, your pregnancy. Preconception care will give your baby the best chance of developing, both inside and outside the womb. By engaging in appropriate diet and lifestyle upgrades, in combination with acupuncture, you’re optimising your body and mind. We know it takes approximately 3 months for eggs to mature and develop within the ovary ready to be ovulated and it’s about 60-90 days for sperm to mature. Therefore, change needs to be consistent during this time to have the maximum benefit.
4.What should I expect in a session of acupuncture for fertility?
The first session with me, will take an hour and half and I will go through all aspects of your current health, lifestyle, and health history. I gather lots of information about your digestion, sleep, emotional well-being, stress levels, work life balance, exercise, menstrual cycle health, underlying health conditions, vaginal health, immune health, diet, medications, supplements, recent blood tests and investigations, what lights you up in life. I do this because I want to look at all the areas that I know can have an influence on health and therefore fertility. This information helps me create a customised plan for you, which aims to address any areas where there might be issues. As well as the talking there is obviously the acupuncture, which usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and is a space to relax, switch off and take time for yourself.
5.Where do I find an acupuncturist who specialises in fertility?
It’s important that you work with someone who has experience and specialist training in fertility and Chinese medicine. You want a practitioner that you connect well with, and one that understands the complexities of both natural fertility support and assisted conception from a Western medicine perspective as well as a Chinese medicine perspective. Along with completing specialised training in China and my dissertation in infertility, I have completed advanced level training with Jane Lyttleton, Zita West, Naava Carmen, Jani White, Andrew Flowers and a post-qualification in Women’s Reproductive Health in Oxford.
Ways to work with me:
- Book a complimentary clarity call and find out how I can support your fertility/reproductive health
- Book an appointment to work with me 121 in clinic or online
- Join the waitlist Heal Your Hormones programme opening in September
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