Fertility, Pregnancy & Post-Partum
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is an amazing resource for for helping improve fertility. Treatment will help any imbalances that may be present within the body and reduces the anxiety that builds up when nature does not behave as it should.
Can Acupuncture help Fertility?
Yes- for both men and women,.
Different acupuncture points help focus activity in different parts of the body and can reduce or increase body temperature: this is particularly important in fertility treatments as monthly hormones and temperature changes in the uterus are often the key to helping improving fertility. In Chinese medicine we refer to this as balancing yin /yang.
Other points can be used to improve blood flow and circulation through the area.
Treatment also has a relaxing effect- which helps reduce our internal levels of cortisol (a chemical messenger that increases when we are stressed, raising blood pressure etc)
Can Acupuncture be used alongside assisted fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI?
Yes-Acupuncture will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome of your IVF or IUI treatment and there is plenty of clinical evidence that supports this. Some research documents suggest a significant positive increase from around 21-22% to 39% or even higher at 52%. More research is needed.
However what is clear is that Acupuncture significantly increases the statical outcomes during assisted fertility treatment. Many leading Fertility Clinics now use acupuncture treatment alongside medical intervention.
Is Acupuncture Safe to have During Pregnancy?
Yes- Acupuncture can be used throughout pregnancy: improving your health while pregnant will help support the embryos growth and development.
What Common Problems during Pregnancy can Acupuncture help with?
Here is a list of the most commonly treasured symptoms that respond well to acupuncture: Nausea, pubic symphysis and musculoskeletal pain, heartburn, constipation, tiredness, anaemia, insomnia, anxiety/depression, breech presentation and induction.
Can Acupuncture Induce Labour?
Yes: these acupuncture points are avoided during pregnancy until week 41.
Can Acupuncture help Prepare me for Labour?
Yes: points can be used to help promote better movement of the hips and prepare the levels of blood and Qi/energy levels needed for labour. Like training the body for a marathon getting ready for labour is a process that should start around week 31.
Can Acupuncture Help during Labour?
Yes- but acupressure is effective and easier to use. Certain points around the sacrum can be pressed by a birth partner during the waves of contraction. There's significantly dampen down the levels of pain as they peak and trough.
Can Acupuncture help Postpartum ?
Yes: giving birth is both physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Points can help the body restore its levels of blood and Qi as well as help low mood and anxiety.
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