Through the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture works on the underlying conditions unique to each woman to help them increase the chances of becoming pregnant.
Preconception fertility care for women and men is based on helping your body produce the healthiest eggs and sperm possible. In a woman it takes approximately 100 days for the egg to develop towards ovulation and in the male it’s approximately 116 days for sperm production to be completed. A proactive way to utilise this time involves couples adapting a healthy diet and environment in the four months prior to a possible conception.
IVF Support Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is used to support IVF treatments by safely & gently supporting the body during this delicate time. The treatment strategy is based on increasing the blood supply to the developing follicles or by increasing the nutritional supply to the egg via the fluids that surround and nourish it.
To begin with, patients are asked to come for regular Acupuncture treatments in the months preceding IVF in order to regulate & harmonise the body so it will be balanced & healthy by the time IVF treatment begins.
Dietary advice is also given according to each individual in accordance with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
An Acupuncture session is given both before & after egg collection & transfer, please speak to your therapist giving as much time as possible so as to be sure they will be available according to your timing & needs.
Your Acupuncturist will be available to support & treat you accordingly when the outcome of the treatment becomes known.
Prebirth Acupuncture refers to a series of treatments in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth. Prebirth Acupuncture helps prepare the cervix and pelvis for labour and ensures that a woman’s qi, blood and emotions are in harmony.
Acupuncture is an ideal method to help women prepare themselves to have the most efficient labour possible. Feedback suggests that Prebirth Acupuncture offers a range of positive effects that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour, with midwives reporting a reduced rate of medical intervention including medical inductions and caesarean sections.
The postnatal period refers to the six weeks directly following childbirth.
Ideally acupuncture treatment is given once a week commencing from 2 weeks postpartum for a total of 3 weeks to promote stamina and an efficient recovery. Acupuncture can also be useful at this time to balance emotions, aid perineal healing and help with any breastfeeding problems.
Information on this page is taken from:
The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Childbirth & Pregnancy