by Emma Penfold / 10 November 2020 / No Comments

Deborah Amlot, acupuncturist at Thame Therapy Clinic discusses how acupuncture may be able to help with fertility issues….

Between 20 and 30 % of people with fertility issues are, unfortunately, not given an explanation in Western medical terms for their infertility and feel their only main option to try to get pregnant is assisted reproduction technology and IVF. This can be an expensive and stressful route without a high success rate.

Research shows that acupuncture can be beneficial for people with unexplained infertility, both in terms of helping with the side effects of the IVF medication and to increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

As acupuncturists we look at the situation holistically and encourage balance in the body, looking at ways the body is out of balance and how this may be contributing to fertility issues. For example, we help regulate hormones, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs or reduce the effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Most importantly, Acupuncture can also help reduce the stress of trying to get pregnant and can  help diagnose and treat physical, mental and emotional blocks that may be hindering conception.

Acupuncture is much less of an intervention than the medication required as a part of IVF and the IVF process itself. It is also a person centred treatment where we will look at your whole lifestyle, can help reduce stress and make people feel more in control of the situation.

Many Western fertility clinics now employ acupuncturists to help increase the chance of conception. Research shows that having acupuncture either side of the embryo transfer increases the chance of success by 30%.

For more information about acupuncture and assistance with fertility issues please call Thame Therapy Clinic on 01844 215555 or visit www.thametherapyclinic.co.uk