Struggling to get Pregnant?
You know the score: all your friends are popping babies out like there’s no tomorrow. But you’ve just had your period. Again. The clock’s ticking, you’re both fed up of baby-sex, and nothing – just nothing – seems to be working. A friend suggests Acupuncture is good for fertility – what next?
Why try Acupuncture to help your fertility?
Five Element Acupuncture works with nature: safely, simply, effectively. As a Five Element Acupuncturist, my aim is to re-balance your system. Each treatment helps you be as well as possible: to give your body the best chance of doing what it should be doing naturally ie create a baby. Five Element Acupuncturists treat the person, not the symptoms, there is no set protocol (ie no set “system” of points) – instead I work with each person as an individual, choosing points that will most suit you and help restore your balance.
The Research Bit
Recent research suggests that having acupuncture during IVF doubles the chance of conception. (Here’s the easy to digest version). Now, let’s be clear: there are a lot of research studies that suggest that acupuncture helps various fertility-related issues. And there are some that don’t. As with all complementary medicine, there isn’t enough research – or the right sort of research – to prove its efficacy. However, there is research into the use of acupuncture for issues that affect fertility: regulating the menstrual cycle, helping support ovulation dysfunction, improving blood circulation to pelvic organs including ovaries & uterus and helping improve sperm health. Acupuncture has also been seen to help counteract stress levels.
As someone who had acupuncture to help me get pregnant (it worked), and who treats patients on a regular basis, I believe that it does contribute to a successful outcome. Being able to do something positive and proactive to help yourself, and to be supported throughout what can be a very stressful time helps you and your partner, that has to be a good thing.
What to do?
If you’d like a chat about whether acupuncture could help you, get in touch. No charge for a chat and no obligation to have acupuncture with me. But if a chat from someone who’s been there and knows what it’s like is helpful, that’s fine by me. And if you do decide to go ahead with acupuncture, welcome on board.