Acupuncture and Infertility

Fertility- Support IVF

Around one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK.Women and men may seek to conceive naturally with traditional Chinese pregnancymedicine (TCM) or some may turn to TCM following a number of failed cycles. And others may wish to have TCM for at treatment before embarking on an ART (IUI, IVF) cycle to enhance their chances of success. In China, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has helped infertile couples conceive for a very long time. Couples when they have fertility issues, they always seek TCM treatment. And more recently TCM has helped a growing number of women and men in the West to have babies. TCM may offer women and men an holistic treatment to improve their own health and thereby the quality of eggs as well as the quality and quantity of sperm. This is achieved by discussing each aspect of your health to diagnose and prescribe appropriate treatment for each individual. A course of fertility treatment may encompass regular acupuncture sessions and taking Chinese medicine, as well as modifications to diet and lifestyle. For women, this also includes monitoring of any normal and abnormal gynaecological signs and symptoms. Optimally, treatment should begin at least three months prior to attempts to conceive as it takes approximately three months for a follicle to develop and furthermore, to ensure the body is at its naturally healthiest, fertile state. Preconception treatment may be divided into two stages should a woman have an underlying condition. The initial treatment plan must essentially address the underlying condition before moving onto the next stage in regulating the menstrual cycle.

The following conditions may be helped with Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to improve your chances of conception:

  • Unexplained causes
  • Amenorrhea (no menses)
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Immunological Factors
  • Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Poor Egg Quality
  • Stress
  • Thin Endometrium (uterine) linin
  • IVF Support

Before IVF

Ideally, preparation for IVF should start at least 3-4 months prior to the IVF cycle, although even one month can make a difference. It aims to bring the body to the optimal pre-conception condition to maximize the chance of success. Normally a combination of acupuncture and herbs is used during stage. Both male and female should be involved at this stage.

During IVF

Weekly acupuncture is advised to women from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer. Acupuncture helps 1) reduce the side effects of the drugs; 2) produce more follicles and maximize egg quality; 3) optimize the thickness of the endometrium to prepare for the transfer of embryos.

Where there is no male factor infertility, recommends a single acupuncture treatment is recommended prior to egg collection to relieve anxiety. Where there is male factor infertility, acupuncture treatments should have already started from the preparation stage.

Embryo Transfer

An acupuncture treatment is recommended before and after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rate. Ideally, this is on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment. Choosing points that relax uterus optimizes endometrial receptivity, thus helping embryo implantation.

After Embryo Transfer

One or two acupuncture treatments are recommended during the two-week waiting period before a pregnancy test is taken. This is primarily to support emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.

At the Advanced Pain Relief Clinic in Milton Keynes we have helped many couples to achieve better health and fertility.
Acupuncture and Infertility

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