Helping women become pregnant with fertility acupuncture is a passion of mine. In 2018, 21 women achieved a positive pregnancy test naturally with the help of fertility acupuncture. When added together with those who went through assisted conception there was almost a pregnancy a week.
I have taken lots of specialist additional training from different teachers and styles of acupuncture. I am a founding member of the Zita west network of Affiliated Acupuncturists. Since 2009 I have been trained in this unique holistic approach of trying to achieve optimum reproductive health. As affiliates, we receive regular training and updates, and use an ‘on-line’ forum to share our ‘in-practice’ experiences. The training takes a very holistic approach. We have lectures from a diverse number of experts from embryologists to fertility nutritional therapists as well as other colleagues who come from different acupuncture disciplines.
I am also a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.
The British Acupuncture Council have produced fact sheets outlining how acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of infertility.
It may be the woman who needs help to optimize the chances of conceiving the hoped for baby. The better a woman’s health, and the more normal her cycle is, the greater the chances of achieving and maintaining a pregnancy.
Male infertility accounts for approximately 40% of infertility and it takes approximately 100 days for sperm to develop and mature. Some research suggests that acupuncture may enhance male fertility by improving sperm counts, quality and motility. A lot of changes can be achieved during this period, in addition to acupuncture; diet and lifestyle can have a major impact on sperm health, so the clients that we work with are advised to make changes (if necessary).
In recent years we have become aware of the importance of lifestyle issues for both men and women prior to conception. We try to educate patients to recognise their own natural fertility signs.
Traditional acupuncture may also be effective in relieving stress, which in itself can have a detrimental effect on all of our body’s systems and is sometimes considered to be a barrier to conception. It cannot be overestimated how stressful fertility problems are for couples, so in the treatment room there is also space to talk and offload.
Acupuncture treatments would take the form of weekly sessions to begin with, and usually the treatment program would then be adjusted according to the stage of the woman’s cycle and the individual’s response.
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