Ask the Midwife Acupuncture & Fertility: take a holistic approach to conception

At Ask the Midwife, they are excited to highlight the promising benefits of acupuncture in aiding fertility. Acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, which gains recognition for its ability to regulate hormonal fluctuations, manage stress, and improve blood flow to reproductive organs, thereby enhancing fertility.

Ask the Midwife Co-Founders, Carla Kelly and Anna Fayne, comment: “We are excited to introduce acupuncture to our growing range of treatments we have available at our Dun Laoghaire location. We are committed to helping individuals facing fertility challenges and aim to provide holistic therapies for those undergoing treatment. Combined with our support groups, and fertility circles, we strive to ensure everyone feels fully supported throughout their fertility journey, and we hope to extend that support through pregnancy and beyond.”

What kind of Acupuncture points can help to induce labour?

"I use a selection of points in preparing for birth and inducing labour. These points are all about moving the flow of Qi in the body (your energy and life-force), harmonising Yin & Yang, and calming the mind. When ready to induce labour, a powerful pair of points called "The Four Gates" are used to strongly move the Qi in the body, located on your hands and feet. I needle these during treatment and I then teach patients how to locate them and apply Acupressure at home"

How Acupuncture Works for Fertility

Acupuncture supports fertility by addressing the unique health profile of each patient. The treatment involves inserting ultra-thin sterile, single-use specialised needles into specific points on the body to stimulate blood flow and balance the body's energy. This holistic approach helps regulate hormonal fluctuations, manage stress levels, and enhance blood circulation to the reproductive organs, creating a conducive environment for conception.

Treatment Duration and Frequency

Given the holistic nature of acupuncture, the treatment plan varies based on individual health needs. However, Ask the Midwifes licensed acupuncturist and member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA) Sara Buttanshaw, recommends at least three months of weekly sessions for both men and women before trying to conceive. This consistency helps in achieving optimal results and preparing the body for conception.

Acupuncture Points for Fertility

While there are no specific "magic" points, most of the acupuncture points used in fertility treatments by Ask the Midwifes licensed acupuncturist, Sara Buttanshaw, are located on the lower legs and lower abdomen in women. Each treatment is personalised, ensuring that the approach is tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

Success Rates and Studies

Research indicates that acupuncture, especially when combined with moxibustion, can significantly improve ovulation and increase pregnancy rates. A notable study from Homerton University Hospital found that success rates for those undergoing assisted reproductive therapies like IVF nearly doubled, from 21.7% to 46.2%, when combined with acupuncture.

First Appointment Expectations

During the initial consultation at Ask the Midwife, a detailed health assessment is conducted, including traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis. Patients can expect a relaxing environment with dimmed lighting and soothing music. Ultra-thin sterile needles are gently inserted and left for approximately 20 minutes. Additional therapies like moxa, Gua Sha, or cupping may be used based on individual needs. Post-treatment, Ask the Midwifes licensed acupuncturist, Sara Buttanshaw, also provides personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice, leaving patients feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Frequency of Sessions

For optimal results, acupuncture sessions are recommended at least once per week. Following the initial consultation at Ask the Midwife, licensed acupuncturist, Sara Buttanshaw, will develop a detailed health plan tailored to each patient's needs.

Ask the Midwife Pricing

Initial Consultation & Acupuncture Session - €75
Follow-Up Acupuncture - €70
Block of 6 Follow-Ups - €350

Acupuncture Availability at Ask the Midwife

Acupuncture at Ask the Midwife is available on Thursday from 12pm to 6pm and can be booked directly through their website linked here.

Ask the Midwife provides a premium in-person and online maternity care service, devoted to empowering and guiding individuals and families on their transformative parenthood journey at their debut location: 114 George's Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 N6P6. Learn more about their comprehensive services on or @askthemidwife.ireland