There is a growing awareness of the ability of Chinese medicine to assist in both male and female fertility. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to aid in natural conception, and to support and significantly increase conception rates when combined with IVF. Treatments increase blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus, which increases fertility and can help even in unexplained infertility as well as diagnosed conditions (for example endometriosis & Polycystic Ovaries) that are associated with reduced fertility.
Treatments for female fertility generally aim to:
- Balance Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle
- Promote Efficient Menstruation
- Improve the Quality and Quantity of Fertile Mucus
- Regulate Ovulation
- Enhance Egg Quality
- Promote the Patency and Health of the Fallopian Tubes
- Enrich Endometrial Lining
- Reduce Inflammation
- Support Early Pregnancy
I received extensive training in Natural Fertility Education and can work with you to help identify with confidence your peak fertility in a cycle to enhance your chances of conception.
Artificial Reproduction - IVF & IUI
Acupuncture for IVF is now widely recognised as having a significant effect on pregnancy rates and live births for women undergoing these treatments.
Acupuncture before and after embryo transfer alone has been shown to significantly increase pregnancy rates in IVF, but the best results are usually seen when treatment is commenced 3 months prior to an IVF cycle.
The timeframe may vary according to your overall health, age and whether you are embarking on a full stimulated cycle, or doing a frozen transfer. Treatments can be used to support both IVF and IUI and are tailored to your individual requirements.
Generally, the aim of treatment is to improve egg and/or sperm quality and quantity, increase blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus, encourage and support a good endometrial lining, normalise the stress hormones that we know can impede fertility (especially important when undergoing stressful and invasive fertility treatments such as these), increase progesterone levels to support and maintain a pregnancy, and aid implantation of the embryo.
Treatments are also aimed at ensuring preconception health is optimised for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Almost one in six couples experience fertility problems. Studies show that while 40% of the time infertility is the result of female factors, 40% of the time it's the result of male factors, and the other 20% of the time the result of a combination of women and men.
Overwhelmingly it is women who seek out treatment, but if you are experiencing difficulties getting pregnant, it is important that the male partner get his sperm checked since men can contribute to a couple's infertility over 50% of the time. Sperm not only plays a role in a couple’s ability to conceive, it is now believed that a significant portion of early miscarriages are due to sperm. The importance of male fertility and sperm health is frequently overlooked due to technologies like ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) but it plays an integral role in the process of having a baby. The good news is that it is relatively quick and easy to make significant improvements in sperm quality as they are constantly being made.
It takes approximately 90 days for sperm to mature, during that time significant improvements to sperm quality can be made with a combination of lifestyle changes, avoiding environmental toxins that damage sperm, supplements known to improve sperm count, motility, morphology and repair DNA fragmentation and acupuncture over a 3 to 6-month period to optimise sperm quality and allow him to reach his peak fertility potential. Even in cases of structural problems such as scarring, undescended testes, varicocele, vasectomy, and other issues like hormonal imbalance, infections & disease and age that will all influence male fertility, sperm health can usually be improved. While holistic treatment can assist in these cases, and will undoubtedly improve the sperm health and reduce DNA fragmentation, in some instances treatment is best done in conjunction with ICSI and IVF to maximise chances of conception.