“I found Liz at a particularly low point in my life while struggling with fertility problems. She helped me with diet nutrition and emotions and her advice and the acupuncture made me feel so much better. One of my happiest days was getting the results of my pregnancy test and sharing it with Liz. I cannot recommend her enough”.
fertility acupuncture & nutrition
The aim of fertility treatment is not only to achieve pregnancy but to have the healthiest possible baby - at birth and for the rest of it's life. Whether you are trying to conceive naturally, or planning an IVF cycle, acupuncture and nutrition can support you.
ivf acupuncture - approximately double the pregnancy rate now seen in 6 trials…
Clinical pregnancy is where the baby’s heartbeat is seen on a scan and this is the main focus of research. A study published in April looking at women with unexplained infertility receiving embryo transfer acupuncture showed a 60.9% pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group compared to 33.3% in the control group. This follows a February trial of women with recurrent implantation failure. Acupuncture treatment was given from day 5 of stimulation drugs until the day of embryo transfer and showed 32.8% pregnancy compared to 16.4% in the control group. Acupuncture has been studied in IVF treatments since 2002 and six trials now show this approximate doubling of clinical pregnancy though it should be noted that not all studies show benefit. Three review studies this year support IVF acupuncture with one reporting improved pregnancy rates in 20 out of 31 clinical trials.
acupuncture for natural fertility
Benefits of fertility acupuncture suggested from research include - improved hormone balance, reduced anxiety, reduced BMI, reduced Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinising Hormone (LH), increased oestrogen, more frequent and stronger ovulation, stronger luteal phase, and increased blood flow to the uterus to help build uterine lining.
a new meta-analysis shows significantly higher pregnancy rates with acupuncture treatment compared to standard medical treatment such as Clomid, Letrozole, Metformin, oestrogen or progesterone (Yun et al. 2019)
acupuncture to help ovulation - new research
male fertility acupuncture & nutrition
Benefits to sperm motility, morphology, and fertilisation rate at IVF have been observed in acupuncture studies, and it can be beneficial to treat the couple rather than just the woman. The effects of diet on sperm have been well studied.
acupuncture for sperm count, motility and morphology - the research
improved sperm count and motility with acupuncture treatment in infertile men (Yu et al. 2019)
electroacupuncture treatment improved sperm motility and vitality (Jin et al. 2017)
in a comparison of acupuncture or surgery to treat varicocele, improvements in sperm tests were comparable in the 2 groups (Kucuk et al. 2016
improvement in sperm motility with acupuncture (Dieterle et al. 2009)
acupuncture treatment improved in sperm morphology, rapid progression, and fertilisation rate with IVF (Zhang et al. 2002
preparing to conceive - creating a plan
It is ideal to start working with acupuncture and diet during the three months before conceiving as this is the time period affecting both egg and sperm quality. It is a good idea to come and have an initial consultation quite early in the planning process so that diet changes can be introduced gradually. We can then discuss options and plan together what treatment you would like. Partners are always welcome to come to appointments.
"I would not hesitate to recommend Liz to anyone looking for fertility acupuncture. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable and enjoyed her treatments. She has a unique, valuable mix of skills with her background in nursing, women's health, nutrition and TCM acupuncture. I always felt I got more than just an acupuncture treatment from her what with the nutritional advice she gave me to help with hormone balancing and a good chat too! Highly recommended. Thanks Liz."