Acupuncture & Acupressure
for
Infertility

In the UK, about 10-20% of infertility cases are unexplained. The rest are the result of ovulatory failure (27%), tubal damage (14%), endometriosis (5%), low sperm count or quality (19%), or other causes (5%).”
British Acupuncture Council

Can Acupuncture & Acupressure Help with Infertility?

According to the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture may help in the treatment of infertility by: i) regulating fertility hormones, ii) increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, iii) increasing egg production  and improving oocyte quality, iv) enhancing luteal function v) regulating follicle stimulation hormone-receptor expression, vi) normalising cortisol and prolactin levels on IVF medication days, vii) reducing stress, and viii) promoting embryo implantation. Read More.

What do I do for clients experiencing infertility?

Female Infertility

Many menstrual disorders will cause issues with fertility, and we can therefore use acupuncture and acupressure to support issues you may have with long or short cycles, painful or heavy periods, and endometriosis or PCOS. I base my treatment around where you are in your menstrual cycle, and also on any  medical tests that you may have had. Treating in this way, it is very useful to take into account the changes that occur throughout your cycle by tracking basal body temperature, fertile mucus and other signs of ovulation. In addition to your acupuncture sessions, it will also be important to take on board dietary and lifestyle changes that will support your goals.

Please note: It takes approximately 100 days for an egg to mature from germ to follicular release. This is therefore a good minimum amount of time to consider when thinking how long treatment might last.

Male Infertility

As mentioned above, roughly 20% of infertility cases are related to male factor infertility, and the 10-20% of unexplained infertility cases are as likely to encompass male factor issues as anything else. Therefore, in any instance of difficulty conceiving or recurrent miscarriage it is important to consider the quality of male sperm. Here, the aim of acupuncture is to improve sperm count, vitality, morphology, and also to improve libido. Please note that I will generally use acu-points on your abdomen, lower back and legs. Changes to lifestyle and diet will also go along way to improving sperm quality.

IVF (& other ART)

When undergoing an IVF cycle I can use acupuncture to support you at each stage of the process. In the case of a long cycle, during down regulation I can help with any stress you might be feeling, as well as using points intended to prepare your endometrium for implantation. During ovarian stimulation I can support movement of qi and blood around your uterus and ovaries, assist with any feelings of bloating and distension you may have, and continue supporting your fertility from a Chinese medicine perspective. During egg collection and embryo transfer I can continue with my previous efforts, help to reduce stress levels at this crucial time, and also support uterine receptivity. Here, in the case of male clients, acupuncture can also support sperm quality before collection. Then, in the two weeks waiting for your pregnancy test result, I can offer support keeping stress levels down, as well as continuing to support implantation. Finally, treatment in the first weeks of pregnancy can help to reduce stress and support pregnancy.

Acupuncture

When supporting infertility issues, my general approach is to use acupuncture rather than acupressure. I would encourage you to follow this approach, but can use acupressure alone if that is your preference. During your sessions, I will stimulate local points around your abdomen and lower back, as well as distal points on your arms and legs that have been identified as helping in such cases. These needles will likely be left for anywhere from ten to twenty minutes. Then, I will finish the session by stimulating a number of acu-points with needles that are removed as soon as their effect is felt.

Need a little help?

The simplest way to get in touch is to call me on 07379 281275 or send a WhatsApp message. I am often in clinic, but please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can use the form below to request a call back at a time to suit you.