The Acupuncture Fertility Network
Acupuncture for Fertility
Over the last 17 years, I have been able to assist many couples in fulfilling their desire for a family. I have developed programmes for treating fertility problems in both men and women, and in supporting couples going through fertility treatment (IVF, ICSI, IUI).
Over 35 years experience of helping female patients with all types gynaecolgical and menstrual problems has given me an insight into the power of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in dealing with menstrual, menopausal and fertility issues.
As well as diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I am able to offer support and guidance through the often difficult path towards achieving a successful pregnancy.
Fertility for Women
The use of acupuncture to treat female fertility has featured in Chinese medical text books for nearly two millennia. More recently research studies have demonstrated that acupuncture has a role in increasing the effectiveness of IVF treatment.
Many women are choosing to use acupuncture to increase their chances of becoming pregnant both naturally and by assisted reproduction therapy (IVF, ICSI and IUI).
Acupuncture can affect your fertility by:
influencing your qi system in order to help improve your overall health;
targeting specific aspects of your reproductive process, for example, ovulation.
For many women, I may use both approaches.
For women going through IVF/ICSI, similar strategies are used (see next page). In this way, acupuncture treatment can help to:
regulate your menstrual cycle
enhance and stimulate ovulation
promote effective implantation
Fertility for Men
Many couples are having difficulty in conceiving. This difficulty is as likely to be caused by a problem with the man’s fertility (35%) as it is by the woman’s fertility (35%). In the other 30% of cases, both partners have a problem.
There is now much evidence to show that the sperm count among men in Europe and North America is falling – the average in 2005 was approximately one quarter of that in 1925. Environmental factors are largely considered responsible for this.
Sometimes there are clear reasons why a man's sperm count is low - 'undescended testicle' is a common cause. However, for many men there is no medical reason. In these cases, and where lifestyle and environmental factors are significant, acupuncture can play a part in helping to improve not just sperm numbers, but also motility and sperm quality.
Lifestyle (alcohol, cigarettes, diet, exercise, plus stress and overwork) can also play a significant part in determining sperm count. As with women, the age of a man can affect fertility and many men are trying to become a father later in life than in the past.