Acupuncture is increasingly being used with great effect to assist couples who are finding it difficult to conceive. Trying to conceive naturally can take up to an average of 7 months or more for many couples and this is not as uncommon as one would think. It is estimated that 1 in 7 couples have difficulty in conceiving, and that often when panic sets in, the whole journey becomes a very difficult ordeal. This can be very upsetting and distressing and in turn can put a lot of strain on both partners. It is often described by patients as a monthly emotional roller-coaster.
Why is there a rise in infertility?
Couples are now leaving it later and later to start a family. People working longer hours, stress and lifestyle changes have all had an impact on fertility. For some, conceiving can be difficult, however they can go on to have a child through natural means. Undergoing regular Acupuncture can help to stimulate both partners health by unblocking energy and stimulating the bodies fertility, i.e. regulation of the menstrual cycle, hormone imbalance and low sperm count can be improved. Acupuncture will also alleviate the stress on both partners, it will restore and rejuvenate the bodies well being and prepare each partner not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually, towards their journey of parenting.
It also good to remember that it can often take time for fertility to return after contraception, miscarriage or birth. Hormone imbalances and stress are two common factors that lead to infertility. Getting the body into top shape will increase your chances of conceiving naturally. This is through a healthy diet, regular exercise and keeping the body hydrated.
Acupuncture and IVF Assistance
Acupuncture can highly benefit those undergoing IUI and IVF treatment and has been researched and shown to increase the chances of successful fertilization by 40-60%.
Research has also shown that Acupuncture can help in cases of polycystic ovaries, endometriosis and high Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) levels. Successful treatment can reduce FSH or stabilise levels to allow IVF treatment to commence or increase the chances of natural pregnancy.
On consultation, a thorough detailed history would be taken from which treatment will be determined to fit to your individual needs. Your acupuncture treatment will be unique to what is needed to get you and your partner on the right path towards pregnancy and parenting.
IUI And IVF
Couples embarking on IUI or IVF will find it most beneficial to start a course of Acupuncture 3 months prior to treatments, however if this period is shorter don’t worry as any treatment will enhance your chances of successful conception. It is also advisable to have treatment before and after embryo transfer as this increases the chances of pregnancy as well as helping you to relax it has a calming affect on the bodies mind and spirit. Find out more by watching this inspiring video on fertility by the British Acupuncture Council.
As with all medical issues, if you have any concerns, please visit your GP.