When should you start acupuncture for fertility?

In recent years, acupuncture has become an increasingly popular alternative therapy for women and couples with fertility challenges.

At Acupuncture That Works, we are immensely proud to have helped countless women to conceive, many of whom had been struggling for years to have a baby.

How can acupuncture improve fertility?

Acupuncture is thought to improve fertility in patients by reducing feelings of mental and physical stress, balancing the immune system, and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs.

It is often used in conjunction with IVF and other fertility treatments to create the ideal conditions required for conception.

When should you start acupuncture for fertility?

Every patient’s fertility journey is different, and often we are approached by individuals undergoing IVF who want to boost their chances of implantation.

In these instances, we advise they start acupuncture sessions three months before beginning their IVF treatments.

If, however, you are not using IVF, acupuncture can still be beneficial in boosting your immune system and fertility. Often acupuncture is used alongside alternative fertility therapies recommended by doctors.

How many acupuncture sessions should you have for fertility?

After an initial assessment, during which you will discuss your fertility story, health, lifestyle and any concerns you may have, your acupuncturist will devise tailored sessions that match your individual needs.

In most cases, it is recommended you attend between one and three sessions a week, particularly if this is before planned IVF.

Each session will last between 20 minutes and an hour, with most patients finding their time in the clinic both relaxing and therapeutic.

During the session, hair-thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific acupoints. The process is generally painless, with the majority of people stating that all they feel is mild pressure followed by a sense of calm.

Does acupuncture for fertility really work?

As acupuncture has increased in popularity, so has the growing body of evidence suggesting that this therapy can, in fact, increase embryo implantation rates.

Implantation relies on a healthy blood supply to the uterus, particularly when using IVF, and acupuncture is thought to help improve the blood flow to the reproductive organs as well as regulate the immune system.

There are many ongoing studies into the efficacy of acupuncture for fertility, and including a recent one that demonstrated a 26 per cent increase in conception rates when acupuncture was used in conjunction with IVF.

Acupuncture for fertility with ATW

Over the years, we have helped countless women and couples become pregnant and give birth to beautiful, healthy babies.

We are proud to have our resident ‘baby maker’ Emma as part of the team – someone who has a proven track record for helping bring bundles of joy into the world!

Visit our Acupuncture for Fertility page today to learn more about how acupuncture could become part of your fertility journey.

You can also give us a call on 0800 051 76 88, and we will be happy to answer any questions and assist you in any way we can.

How effective is acupuncture for fertility?

According to the NHS, one in seven couples in the UK may experience difficulty conceiving, and some reports have suggested there has been a rise in fertility issues more recently.

Men and women can experience fertility challenges, but it is more common for women to have problems with ovulation. As a result, many women and couples are turning to alternative therapies like acupuncture to assist them on their fertility journey.

How does acupuncture for fertility work?

Studies in recent years have demonstrated a link between stress and ovulation issues. It is believed acupuncture can reduce worry, thereby improving the chances of conceiving.

There are many different ways in which acupuncturists will work with patients struggling to conceive, but primarily acupuncture for fertility focuses on promoting a sense of calm and relaxation in the mind and body.

Practitioners attempt to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, maing it more likely a fertilised egg will be implanted.

Each patient is different, though, and an experienced practitioner will always tailor a course of treatment to their specific needs.

How effective is acupuncture for fertility?

In recent years, acupuncture has become an increasingly popular and widely used practice to assist those wanting to have a baby.

Already able to present promising results, research into the efficacy of this alternative therapy has continued.

Studies from the Pacific College of Health & Science show that when used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments like IVF, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26 per cent.

Acupuncture for fertility is thought to be effective when used in conjunction with traditional fertility treatments.

In those cases, practitioners will tend to focus on needling points at different times, for example both before and after an IVF treatment.

What are the side effects of acupuncture for fertility?

Generally, the side effects of acupuncture for fertility are minimal and, in many cases, can help alleviate some of the symptoms caused by accompanying fertility treatments.

Some patients may experience slight bleeding where the needle enters the skin, light bruising, or feelings of nausea, but these should all subside shortly after a session.

When carried out by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is seen as an incredibly safe and less invasive means of assisting those with fertility struggles.

Fertility acupuncture is not thought to produce any adverse effects to IVF sessions or cause any harm to the overall health of individuals.

How many sessions of acupuncture should you get to boost fertility?

When it comes to boosting fertility, the number of acupuncture sessions required will vary between individuals.

Your practitioner will always conduct a full assessment before starting a run of sessions, and they will discuss your fertility journey so far, your current health and any concerns you may have.

Afterwards, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action, including how many sessions they believe would be beneficial.

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture for fertility could be part of your fertility programme, then why not give us a call on 0800 051 76 88 and find out more?