IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Techniques
Whatever your reasons for needing fertility treatment there are many ways in which acupuncture can support you through this time. I do recommend taking at least 3 months prior to your fertility treatment to prepare your body, both physically and emotionally. This may include nutritional support and lifestyle changes or stress management techniques. I am able to offer advice and guidance and I can also recommend experienced practitioners in many other therapies who I feel may be able to help you.
Whilst research into acupuncture and fertility is ongoing, a recent review into acupuncture for fertility found that acupuncture can significantly improve the live birth rate of patients undergoing IVF. It is thought this occurs by increasing blood flow to the uterus at critical times of the treatment. It also addresses the side effects of drugs and the ongoing stress and worries that naturally come alongside fertility treatments. Many fertility clinics and consultants now recommend you have acupuncture alongside IVF treatment.
I have undergone specialist training in fertility and hold a diploma in Fertility Acupuncture. Therefore I fully understand the process, protocols and drug regime’s that clinics prescribe. IVF and ICSI can be a minefield of confusing lingo, expensive add on’s and time critical appointments. I am able to offer support and guidance, providing an impartial ear to offload any stress and worries you may have.
If you would like to discuss how acupuncture may help you through this time, I am only too happy to offer you a free 15 minute telephone consultation.
In the meantime you may wish to read my blog about exactly how acupuncture supports IVF, here.