Fertility and Acupuncture

Fertility Acupuncture

One in five Irish couples experiences difficulty conceiving and this figure is on the increase! A couple is facing infertility if they are trying to get pregnant and are unsuccessful for more than a year. Infertility can be an isolating and stressful experience, coupled with loneliness, shame and the pressure to succeed. The benefits of Fertility Acupuncture in increasing fertility are well documented. Fertility Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat infertility, often with great success!

When to start Acupuncture treatments?

Couples who experience difficulty conceiving are normally treated for 3 – 4 months before progressing to any treatments offered by Western Medicine, like IVF or donor – egg – transfer.
As well as helping with unexplained infertility, Acupuncture can be used to address specific fertility problems such as Polycystic Ovaries, Endometriosis and recurrent miscarriages.
With Acupuncture the menstrual cycle gets regulated and the ovarian function improves. Acupuncture increases the flow of blood to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a healthy lining. Men benefit from regular Acupuncture treatments in improvement of sperm count, mobility and quality.

Another big advantage in using the help of Acupuncture to conceive is:
Acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety levels!

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IVF and Acupuncture

Fertility AcupunctureBarbara Illien at Indika Health offers support to women during IVF and other Fertility treatments. The chances of a positive pregnancy outcome increase by 50% with simultaneous Acupuncture treatment right through the IVF treatment. It is recommended to receive an Acupuncture treatment shortly before and after an embryo transfer.

For how long should I get Acupuncture after getting pregnant?

Most miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. Consequently, regular treatments of women may last up to week 12 to 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Pre-birth Acupuncture

Indika Health Clinic is offering a treatment plan for pregnant women in preparation for labour and a natural child birth. This plan is called: ’Ripening the cervix’.

Treatments start 4 weeks before the due-date to soften the cervix, boost the woman’s energy and mental and physical stamina.

A study made on 169 women in New Zealand showed that women who received pre-birth Acupuncture

  • had an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions
  • a 31% reduction in the epidural rate
  • a 32% reduction in cesarean sections!

This shows that Pre-birth Acupuncture gives every pregnant woman a chance to reduce the need for medical intervention and a better chance to have a natural birth.

  • Infertility Acupuncture

Around half of the couples we see at the clinic are looking to conceive naturally. Some have started trying relatively recently and others may have already explored other options. Some patients are looking to conceive their first child, while others may be having difficulties having subsequent children. For female patients, the Chinese medicine approach will take a detailed look at the menstrual cycle in order to identify where improvements can be made. Similarly for men, the overall health is looked at to see what impact it is having on the quality of the sperm production. In practical terms we will see a number of recognised conditions in the clinic, including:

  • Unexplained infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fibroids
  • Non ovulation/Amenorrhea
  • Sperm quality

Fertility Acupuncture is the most commonly used adjunctive therapy to IVF with many clinics recommending it alongside treatment. Used predominantly to increase success rates, it can also been useful in helping support couples as they go through what can be a challenging the process. While acupuncture works to aid implantation rates and subsequent healthy pregnancy in assisted conception, IUI and donor egg cycles can be supported in a similar way.