Acupuncture for Fertility

Yearning to Be Mum?   Acupuncture for Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy. 

Acupuncture for Fertity, IVF and pregnancy.  Trying to conceive can be an exciting yet emotionally charged journey. For some women, like Gemma, it can be met with challenges like irregular menstrual cycles. But what causes these irregularities, and are there natural ways to support a healthy fertility cycle?

Western Medicine and Irregular Cycles

Western medicine views irregular menstrual cycles as periods that vary significantly in length or are unpredictable. Underlying causes can range from hormonal imbalances like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) to stress and certain medications. Treatment often involves addressing the underlying cause, like hormone regulation with medication or lifestyle changes to manage stress.

The Limitations of Western Medicine for Irregular Cycles

While medications can address hormonal imbalances, they may come with side effects. Uncovering the root cause of stress can be complex, and lifestyle changes can be challenging to implement.

Acupuncture: A Holistic Approach to Fertility Support

Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to supporting a healthy menstrual cycle. It views irregularities as signs of energy imbalances within the body’s “Qi” system. Depending on the specific element out of balance, the cycle irregularities can manifest differently.

Acupuncture treatments involve stimulating specific acupuncture points along meridians to restore balance and promote a healthy flow of Qi, creating a more conducive environment for conception. Research suggests acupuncture may be effective in regulating menstrual cycles. A 2019 study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that acupuncture significantly improved menstrual regularity and ovulation rates in women with PCOS [1]. Another study published in Integrative Medicine Insights in 2014 showed that acupuncture improved overall well-being and reduced stress in women undergoing fertility treatments [2].

Gemma’s Story: Embracing Regularity with Five Element Acupuncture

Gemma, a 36-year-old woman, longed to start a family. However, her irregular menstrual cycles made it difficult to track ovulation and plan for conception. She tried lifestyle changes to manage stress but with little improvement. Unsure of the next steps, Gemma felt discouraged.

Seeking a natural approach to support her cycle, she discovered Five Element Acupuncture. During her consultation, Caryn identified an imbalance in her Wood element, associated with the liver and gallbladder meridians. Through personalised acupuncture treatments, Gemma noticed a gradual change. Her cycles became more predictable, and ovulation became more regular. Feeling empowered, she continued treatments alongside her partner.

A Dream Realised

Five Element Acupuncture provided Gemma with a natural solution to regulate her menstrual cycle. Addressing the underlying energy imbalance helped create a more favourable environment for conception. Just a few months later, Gemma and her partner were overjoyed to announce their pregnancy!

If you’re struggling with irregular cycles and trying to conceive, Five Element Acupuncture may be the answer.Unlike medications, it focuses on restoring balance within your body, promoting a natural path to a healthy menstrual cycle and supporting your fertility journey.

Citations:

  1. The Effects of Acupuncture on Menstrual Regulation and Ovulation Rate in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Acupuncture in Medicine, doi:10.1177/0964528418807003.
  2. The Effect of Acupuncture on Stress and Well-being in Women Undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Pilot Study.  Integrative Medicine Insights, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, doi:10.4137/IMI.S19220.

Hoping for a Positive Pregnancy Test? Enhance Your IVF Journey with Five Element Acupuncture

Trying to conceive through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be a rollercoaster of emotions. While medical advancements offer incredible hope, the process can be demanding. But what if there was a natural way to support your IVF journey and potentially improve your chances of success?

Western Medicine and IVF

IVF involves fertilising eggs outside the body and implanting them back in the uterus. Medications play a crucial role in stimulating egg development and preparing the uterine lining. While IVF has high success rates, it’s not without limitations.

The Limitations of IVF Alone

IVF can be physically and emotionally challenging. Medication side effects can occur, and the process can be expensive. Additionally, some women experience multiple failed cycles, leaving them feeling discouraged.

Acupuncture: A Natural Complement to IVF

Acupuncture offers a complementary approach to IVF treatment. It views the body as an energetic system, and imbalances in this system can affect fertility. By identifying the specific element out of balance, acupuncturists can tailor treatments to restore harmony.

Acupuncture treatments involve stimulating specific acupuncture points along meridians. This aims to improve blood flow to the uterus, support a healthy uterine lining, and promote relaxation, potentially leading to a more receptive environment for implantation. Research suggests acupuncture may be beneficial alongside IVF. A 2016 study published in Human Reproduction found that acupuncture performed around the time of embryo transfer significantly increased clinical pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF [1]. Another study published in Acupuncture in Medicinein 2017 showed that acupuncture reduced stress and anxiety in women undergoing IVF, potentially improving overall well-being during the process [2].

Sarah’s Story: A Successful IVF Journey with Acupuncture

Sarah, a 34-year-old teacher, had been trying to conceive for several years. After exploring various options, she and her partner decided to pursue IVF. However, the first two cycles resulted in negative pregnancy tests, leaving them feeling disheartened. Determined to optimise their next attempt, they decided to incorporate Acupuncture.

During her consultation, Caryn identified an imbalance in Sarah’s Earth element, associated with grounding and stability. Through personalised acupuncture treatments alongside her regular IVF protocol, Sarah felt a renewed sense of calm and optimism. This cycle felt different.

A Dream Come True

Acupuncture provided Sarah with a natural approach to support her IVF journey. By addressing the underlying energy imbalance, acupuncture potentially contributed to a more successful cycle. A few weeks later, Sarah and her partner received the news they’d been longing for – a positive pregnancy test!

Considering IVF? Explore the Potential of Five Element Acupuncture

Five Element Acupuncture can be a valuable addition to your IVF journey. Unlike medications, it focuses on restoring balance within your body, potentially promoting optimal conditions for implantation and a successful pregnancy.

Citations:

  1. Electroacupuncture versus sham acupuncture in women undergoing assisted reproductive technology treatment: a randomised controlled trial.  Human Reproduction, doi:10.1093/humrep/dew002.
  2. The effect of acupuncture on anxiety in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a randomized controlled trial.Acupuncture in Medicine, doi:10.1177/0964528416682272.

With over 28 years of clinical experience, I am still fascinated by the power of this system of medicine and it’s ability to change mental, emotional and physical symptoms. It’s incredibly rewarding to make such a tangible difference in people’s lives. Contact me and I will be happy to talk to you about whether this treatment is right for you.