Acupuncture for Female Fertility and Infertility
“Acupuncture helps women have babies” The Observer, 21/09/08
Improving and Increasing Female Fertility
The starting point or focus of treatment is always to produce and ensure a regular and balanced menstrual cycle, including the correct timing of ovulation (see also Gynaecological Disorders). Your treatment will then progress with attention paid to factors according to different phases of the cycle, both to prepare for, and to produce a viable pregnancy.
Briefly-speaking, at the menstrual phase (during the period the first 1-3 days of the cycle), it is necessary to encourage a good discharge the uterus lining allowing for new growth of a healthy and smooth endometrium into which an embryo must attach and bury. Just before ovulation, we build the Yin-fluids and promote healthy ovulation by fortifying the Qi and Blood and thus a smooth passage of the egg in the fallopian tube. The luteal phase (post-ovulation) concentrates on maintaining a warm uterine environment, building on sufficient blood circulation and continually nourishing the embryo.
The above briefly explains the fundamentals in the approach to improving fertility with acupuncture and TCM, but each and every individual case is different and there may be a complex pattern of disease or dysfunction. In acupuncture and TCM, there are often further underlying deficiencies or excesses that need additional attention and treatment, such disorders are not recognised by Western medical doctors. So though you may be coming for treatment to improve your fertility, the comprehensive acupuncture and TCM diagnostic procedures may identify and correct many other factors that may be affecting your difficulty to conceive.
To provide complete holistic healthcare, a thorough assessment of each case is given at the first consultation prior to treatment.
“Two months after the first session, I fell pregnant…”
“My husband and I had been trying to conceive for over a year with little success when a friend suggested trying acupuncture. I was fairly confident that I was ovulating normally and had a regular monthly cycle so didn’t honestly think it would help but I didn’t see that it would do any harm to give it a try. I started seeing Sarah in November and was immediately impressed with her manner, her professionalism and her knowledge. She talked to me about the importance of balancing my system and nourishing my body and blood properly. I was eating healthily and didn’t drink or smoke but realised that I probably wasn’t eating quite enough and in particular that I was eating a lot of cold foods when actually what my body needed was warmth. I started having a hot drink before every meal and choosing soups and jacket potatoes over salads and sushi at lunchtime. Sarah saw that my system was responding well to this and to the acupuncture and gave me a lot of confidence and encouragement in a very calm, collected way. She helped me to see that getting (and staying) pregnant was a very real possibility for us and not just a fantasy. The acupuncture itself is a much more pleasant experience than I had expected. It really gives you time to reflect and relax which is beneficial in itself I think and not something that I always find the time for in daily life. Two months after the first session I fell pregnant. I am now 17 weeks into the pregnancy and we are expecting our first baby in October. We really couldn’t be happier and I am so very grateful to Sarah. My husband jokes that she gets more of the credit than he does! I would recommend acupuncture, and in particular Sarah Clark at the Hongtao Clinic, to anyone and I am sure I will continue with it throughout my pregnancy and beyond.
– Laura B.
Treatment of Specific Causes of Female Infertility
A number of conditions that contribute to female infertility are very successfully treated with acupuncture and TCM. Please see gynaecological disorders for specific diseases that can cause subfertility and infertility in women that are treated at the Hong Tao Clinic.
There are a number of additional factors that can hinder chances of conception in women. Many of theseare simply unrecognised in western orthodox medicine leaving the woman to retire believing she is “infertile”, but “unexplained infertility” is NOT a diagnosis. Acupuncture and TCM adopts thoroughly comprehensive diagnosis and understanding of the individual’s internal functional and physiological system energies, and can thus successfully identify any dysfunction(s) that are inhibiting any of the many factors involved in a smooth conception and pregnancy; once successfully rectified with the body working in a state of optimum health and balance, fertility is greatly increased allowing conception to occur naturally and healthily.
“I saw Sarah as I was having difficulty conceiving. My periods had become irregular and after a year of trying to conceive I decided to try acupuncture. Sarah identified areas which she could treat and issues that she could help with. I had weekly sessions and within a short period of time my cycles became regular and shortly after I fell pregnant. Sarah then supported me through my pregnancy until I was about halfway through. I went on to have a healthy baby and am very grateful to Sarah for her help.”
If you have been trying for a baby for several months to no avail, or if you have been diagnosed as being “infertile” or of low fertility by your doctor, book an appointment at one of our clinic locations and see how we can help you.
If you are thinking about, are about to begin, or have started IVF or IUI treatment, please see Acupuncture and IVF, IUI and ICSI.