If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, it can be an incredibly frustrating and stressful time. But once you’ve ruled out any major health-related obstacles, acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative therapies to help boost fertility.
Acupuncture is believed to boost fertility by regulating hormone function, increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus and helping to relax your muscles in order to improve the chance of an embryo implanting, not to mention lowering your stress levels, which can play a major role in fertility.
Acupuncture improves blood flow to the ovaries and endometrium (womb lining). It also stimulates the hypothalamus which controls hormones, calms the mind and reduces stress, and improves LH (luteinising hormone) levels associated with ovulation.
Acupuncture may also be a suitable treatment option to help reduce stress and anxiety levels for women suffering from subfertility.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on a system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back 3,000 years. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years.
The acupuncturist uses fine needles around your body to correct the imbalance in energy. By inserting very fine needles into the body to balance and stimulate the bodies Qi (energy) on carefully chosen acupuncture points on the body.
Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.
Is there any research to back this up?
A 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis carried out by acupuncture.org.uk found acupuncture to have a significant treatment effect in improving the birth rates of subfertile women undergoing IVF or ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection).