Fertility Acupuncture is a system of healing originating in China and the Far East. Acupuncture works by rebalancing the body’s flow of energy. Illness can occur when the flow of energy around the body is blocked, or is uneven, and this causes symptoms.
By inserting extremely fine needles at specific points on the body, the acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response to restore a healthy balance. Patients often have a sense of wellbeing after treatment, in addition to a reduction in their symptoms. This is because acupuncture treats both the physical discomfort and the emotional state as a whole.
There are different causes of infertility, some are known – issues with ovulation, tubal damage, low sperm count or low sperm quality – and some are unknown. For all causes of infertility it can be a devastating blow to a couple that they are having difficulty conceiving.
Research has been carried out that begins to explain how acupuncture may benefit fertility issues. Acupuncture may be able to help in a number of ways by
- regulating fertility hormones
- increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs
- counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Acupuncture may help with the following;
- regulating periods
- regulating cycles
- reducing the pain ofperiods, endometriosis
- improve IVF treatment outcomes
- Aid sleep
- morning sickness
- reduce stress
- turning breech presentation babies
- to induce labour
What happens during a treatment?
The acupuncturist will ask questions about your symptoms, your medical history, and general questions about your diet and lifestyle in order to build a complete picture of your health. Then appropriate acupuncture points for your individual treatment can be selected.
Where are the acupuncture points?
There are acupuncture points all over the body in a network going up and down the arms and legs, and over the head. The most common points are in the lower arms and legs, and on the abdomen.
Does it hurt?
The needles are so fine that often a patient can’t feel the needle once it is in. There can be a dull ache or heavy feeling around the point but it should not be painful.
Will it help?
Treating fertility issues can sometimes take a while, and patients want to know if acupuncture is helping. If you are responding to acupuncture you will notice the benefits. For example your cycle may become more regular, periods are less painful, less PMT, and more obvious signs of ovulation. You may also notice you have more energy, you are sleeping better, improved concentration, and you are less irritable. All these changes indicate that acupuncture is helping to balance the flow of your energy around your body.
Research papers are available from the British Acupuncture Council website www.acupuncture.org.uk