Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture & Fertility
How long does a treatment last?
Your first appointment will be between one and two hour’s duration and follow up treatments will take approximately one hour per treatment.
How many treatments will I need? And how often?
You may be asked to attend weekly treatments initially, followed by monthly treatments around ovulation time.
Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer – pre and post embryo transfer and a further treatment 7-10 days post transfer treatment can increase the chances of a more positive outcome in IVF and ICSI and can take place at the hospital or the Practitioner’s clinic.
What does a treatment involve?
In the first treatment a detailed case history will be taken and an assessment made on the best approach to your individual treatment. We have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the IVF process and we aim to help and support you throughout.
What does acupuncture do?
Acupuncture may help to improve IVF pregnancy rates. It may help to regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce stress (B Endorphins), improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, calm the contractility of the uterus making it more receptive to an embryo, and improve semen parameters.
Does it hurt?
Different acupuncture points will be used, these will be chosen by your Acupuncturist after she has made a full diagnosis. A tingle, ache or “fizz” is often felt as the Qi energy is stimulated – this lasts momentarily. Occasionally a small bruise can appear.
Is it suitable for everyone?
Acupuncture treatment is beneficial for both males and females where there is difficulty in conceiving.
How do I know if my practitioner is professionally qualified?
All of our Acupuncturists are registered with the British Acupuncture Council. Please ask if you would like to see certificates or get further details of qualifications.
How do I find out more about acupuncture for fertility?
If you would like to meet one of our practitioners and see whether acupuncture is for you before committing yourself, an initial consultation (15 mins) is available free of charge.
Or for more information on acupuncture, please go to www.acupuncture.org.uk
What should I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that can be easily removed if necessary. We request that you wear little make-up so we can observe your natural skin colour and no strong perfumes, as these interfere with our diagnostic skills.
How much does it cost?
For treatment prices please refer to our Price List .
Is my treatment confidential?
Yes, all information given during the course of any of our treatments is treated as strictly confidential. Personal files are stored securely and only referred to by your practitioner. A copy of your contact details will be kept by reception in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.