Acupuncture & fertility

Attempting to have a baby isn’t always as straight forward as it may seem. Couples are often faced with a minefield of emotions and life changing decisions, not to mention the financial burden of fertility tests and IVF. Acupuncture has a long and successful history in reproductive medicine and as a supportive therapy alongside assisted conception techniques such as IVF.

It can be used to help boost female and male fertility, prepare the body for conception and pregnancy and to treat underlying conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and irregular menstrual cycles.
Acupuncture is good for relieving stress which is often a big factor in a couple’s difficulty to conceive. Acupuncture is good at redressing hormonal imbalances which are often associated with fertility issues as well as for boosting blood flow to the reproductive organs.


Improve your chances of IVF success

Acupuncture can also be a valuable complement to IVF for both men and women helping to substantially improve the chances of success. As acupuncture is used to treat each individual as a whole acupuncture will also help in maintaining a calm mind and healthy body throughout the IVF cycle.

Having acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer can be particularly useful. A recent Meta – analysis, published by the British Medical Journal in March 2008, suggests that women undergoing IVF, who also have acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer, have a much higher chance of conceiving than those who don’t.
A comprehensive summary of Acupuncture studies in relation to reproductive medicine can be found here.


Support post natal recovery

Of course acupuncture can also be used to help new mothers too. The early weeks and months following the birth can be very demanding both physically and emotionally. A few sessions of acupuncture can be really helpful in relieving backache and exhaustion. It can help you to relax and rebuild your energy as well.

Ian Stones - A Zita West affiliate

Ian is one of the founding members of the first national fertility network launched by Zita West in 2009. By choosing a Zita West affiliated acupuncturist not only do you get the benefit Ian’s individual experience, and the experience of 140 network members, but the benefit of the unique training and support that comes from Zita and her colleagues too.

As an affiliated practitioner Ian has exclusive access to a range of Zita West factsheets containing valuable advice on how to improve various aspects of your reproductive health, all of which are provided free of charge.

Whilst seeing an affiliated practitioner you will also be entitled to a discount on a range of Zita West products including telephone based consultations with the London based clinic, multivitamins as well as Zita’s bestselling books and CD’s.

If you would like more details please contact me on ian@acu-stones.co.uk or 07740 300465