If you are interested in including acupuncture as part of your fertility journey, we work with two specialist medical acupuncturists for fertility, gynaecology and pregnancy - Dr Greg Carter and Annie Walker.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective complementary therapy for a variety of fertility and hormonal conditions, which many of our patients also find particularly helpful for managing stress and promoting relaxation.
You may wish to consider acupuncture:
- If you are thinking about trying for a baby and are concerned about irregular periods, PCOS, or previous pregnancy problems or miscarriages
- If you have been trying to conceive for a while without success
- To help with ongoing fertility treatment
- If your embryo transfer is coming up and you’d like complementary therapy to try to help the chances of successful implantation.
What does acupuncture involve?
Western medical acupuncture involves an understanding of physiology, anatomy, illness and health. It is a painless process that involves the use of carefully placed, very fine needles over a period of time, to achieve cumulative therapeutic effects.
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints such as back and dental pain, headaches, vomiting and neck ache to more general symptoms such as nausea or low energy.
For fertility issues, the needles are placed in specific points to target the reproductive organs including the uterus and ovaries. Increasingly women are choosing acupuncture to support them through their fertility journey, pregnancy, labour and after giving birth.
Regulating fertility hormones
Acupuncture can promote the release of key hormones, including follicle stimulating hormones, whilst affecting oestrogen and progesterone levels.
Increasing blood flow
Acupuncture can help improve blood flow to the ovaries for follicle development and also to the uterus, improving the thickness of the endometrial lining for embryo implantation.
Counteracting the effects of PCOS
By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels, acupuncture may help to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS.
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