How does Fertility Acupuncture Work ?

Acupuncture is one of the most highly sought complementary therapies for fertility issues due to its success in helping women to fall pregnant who are undergoing Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) or natural conception. Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture significantly improves pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART and IVF (Paulus et al 2002, Dieterle et al 2006, Westergaard et al 2006). These studies include acupuncture improving embryo transfer, increasing pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART; and increased pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF/ICSI during the post ovulation phase. The acupuncture treatments at Back On Your Feet for patients undergoing ART focuses on regulating the liver to optimise the metabolism of the ART medications; reducing local inflammation in the uterus after egg collection; and increasing progesterone levels to reduce the risk of miscarriages.

How can acupuncture assist in the different stages of pregnancy?

Being pregnant is an exciting time for every woman, which is why we want every pregnant woman to have the best experience during their pregnancy. Acupuncture is safe for all stages of pregnancy: the preconception phase, during pregnancy and after birth. Here we highlight how acupuncture can benefit each stage of pregnancy.

The Preconception Phase

The primary focus in the preconception phase is to stabilise reproductive hormones, and increase egg quality, which will help to reduce the risk of miscarriages. The acupuncturists at Back On Your Feet generally recommend women to have weekly acupuncture treatments for 12 weeks prior to either natural conception, or through ART. This helps to optimise a woman’s fertility by naturally addressing the underlying causes of their infertility. These underlying causes may include:

  • Hormonal instability (irregular levels of progesterone, androgen, or oestrogen)
  • Thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism)
  • Autoimmune factors (Hashimoto’s, NK cells)
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovaries

During Pregnancy

Acupuncture can be used in the first trimester. Some of the common uses for acupuncture for pregnancy include morning sickness, spotting, tiredness, constipation, and back pain. As a rule of thumb, our acupuncturists recommend their pregnant patients to receive acupuncture on a weekly basis in the first 12 weeks of gestation (first trimester), monthly from 13 to 34 weeks of gestation (second and third trimester), and weekly from 35 weeks of gestation (full term). Regular acupuncture treatments benefits the health of our patients, and therefore allows them to have a stress-free pregnancy.

After Birth

Every mother wants the best care for their newborn baby, and the acupuncturists at Back on Your Feet wants every mother to have the best care for their health. We help our patients to achieve optimal health after they have given birth, by regulating stress levels, strengthening the immune system, releasing muscle tension, and reducing stress through acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Our treatments have helped mothers who suffer from various conditions, including mastitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, stress, and musculoskeletal tension. Our clinic is child friendly, and is easy to access for mothers with prams.

The Initial Consultation – What does it involve?

Improvement in fertility is dependent on the wholistic assessment and diagnostic processes that are undertaken during the initial consultation. In the assessment, there is particular focus on the menstrual cycle, digestive habits, sleeping patterns, and daily stress levels. The practitioner will then establish a Chinese Medicine diagnosis, followed by a rigorous treatment protocol. The treatment protocol involves weekly acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine, as well as dietary and lifestyle prescriptions. The acupuncturists uses a gentle needling technique with single use, disposable needles in their treatments. The regularity of the treatments are dependent on the severity of the signs and symptoms that are presented. Some clients are recommended to receive acupuncture treatments on a weekly basis, and other mothers are recommended monthly treatments. At Back On Your Feet, the acupuncturists will help guide you throughout the different phases of conception, including preconception, pregnancy, and postnatal care. Thorough assessment processes ensure that the treatments will best meet your needs and improve your fertility.

More Information

If you would like to receive more information, please email us at info@backonyourfeet.com.au , and our friendly acupuncturists will contact you. Otherwise, if you would like to book in for an initial assessment and consultation, please book online here.

 

References

Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertility and Sterility. 2002; 77:721-724.

Westergaard LG, Mao Q, Krogslund M, Sandrini S, Lenz S, Grinsted J. Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial. Fertility and Sterility. 2006; 85:1341-1346.

Dieterle S, Ying G, Hatzmann W, Neuer A. Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study. Fertility and Sterility. 2006; 85:1347-1351.

So What’s Next?

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