Acupuncture support for fertility and pregnancy
The aim of modern fertility treatment is not only to achieve pregnancy but also to have the healthiest possible baby. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress response and anxiety and this in turn may lead to a better overall hormonal balance in the reproductive cycle. This may enhance natural fertility, and also offers support during IVF cycles which benefit from acupuncture during the stimulation phase, and also from pre and post embryo transfer treatments.
The ideal treatment plan is to start working with acupuncture and diet during the three months before conceiving as this is the optimum time period affecting both egg and sperm quality. It is a good idea to come and have an initial consultation quite early in the planning process so that we can then plan together what treatment you would like.
Acupuncture Increases IVF Success by 65%
Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure
with acupuncture. (British Medical Journal, February 2008) The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in the United States and the VU University of Amsterdam in Holland. It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax. Researchers claim that because acupuncture costs are relatively inexpensive compared to an IVF cycle, it would be a cost effective, safe and efficient way of boosting success rates in assisted fertility treatment.