Acupuncture has a long and successful history in reproductive medicine and is an excellent holistic therapy to help couples on their journey to parenthood at whatever stage of their journey they are at.
For some, the fertility journey may not be straightforward, and the NHS believes that one in seven couples experience difficulty in conceiving which amounts to approximately 3.5 million people in the UK (NHS, 2016).
Acupuncture is becoming a popular choice whether couples are beginning to prepare for pregnancy, need help during pregnancy or would appreciate support with western fertility treatments such as IVF, IUI and ICSI.
With the increase in those seeking fertility assistance there has been an increase in the research carried out to determine the efficacy of acupuncture. Fact sheets alongside the latest research supporting the use of acupuncture in male and female infertility can be found at www.acupuncture.org.uk
In an ideal situation, providing acupuncture 6 months prior to Assisted Reproductive Treatments including IVF, IUI and ICSI would allow treatment and lifestyle changes to benefit ovarian, uterine and sperm health. However, acupuncture treatment can be started at any stage of the fertility journey with patients often turning to it closer to the time of IVF; and for support during pregnancy when western medicines often need to be avoided.
In Chinese Medicine pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period are viewed as a window of opportunity to enhance a woman’s wellbeing. This preventative care can help support the mothers’ health as well as deal with any pregnancy related ailments. Growing research confirms that not only is acupuncture safe during pregnancy, but that it supports conditions that many women suffer from including;