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Updated: May 6

Nowadays more and more couples who are trying to conceive are exploring alternative medicine to increase their chances of success quickly. Acupuncture needles have emerged as a sought-after tool in the realm of fertility enhancement, offering a holistic approach to improving reproductive health and increasing the likelihood of getting pregnant.

In this article we will talk fertility acupuncture. We will explain why it is regarded as one of the most effective natural medicine to promote fertility for both women and men. It can be used as a standalone treatment or alongside IVF cycles.

Woman inserting acupuncture needles on the back for fertility treatment

Nowadays more and more couple are experiencing fertility issues when trying to conceive. Modern healthcare has vastly expanded the array of options available for couples struggling to conceive, but not all can afford it.

The cost for assisted conception such as IUI and IVF can arrive up to tens of thousands of pounds. These advanced procedures also don’t guarantee a result. So many couples need to go through a few IVF cycles before being successful. The fertility drugs that are commonly prescribed to women who are trying to conceive have often lots of side effects. You may get abdominal tenderness, fluid retention, bloating, weight gain, and nausea.

For some couples it may be really stressing to decide to follow this path. So more and more people choose to try alternative therapies. Some of the most regarded natural fertility therapies include acupuncture, cupping and reflexology.

Does Acupuncture Help Fertility?

Others decide to receive acupuncture for fertility while they undergo IVF. In fact, some recent studies suggest that it would double your chances of getting pregnant. Acupuncture for fertility may boost by 65 % the chances of becoming pregnant. The study suggested:

  • 87 % increase in continuing the pregnancy

  • 91 % increase in the number of live births

How can Fertility Acupuncture help you to Get Pregnant?

Acupuncture for fertility takes a holistic approach, addressing factors that may be impacting your ability to conceive. It can help by:

  • Boosting blood flow to the reproductive organs

  • Balancing reproductive hormones and the endocrine system

  • Relieving stress

  • Boost Male Fertility

These are among the main causes of infertility and Acupuncture for fertility can address them all together.

Acupuncture for fertility has ancient roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which believes that by stimulating the nerves of certain points in the body we can act on the organ to which they are related.

We insert thin acupuncture needles at specific points on the body. We aim to improve blood flow to the uterus and regulate hormones, potentially enhancing fertility.

For example, an acupuncturist would needle the points connected to the ovaries to increase the blood flowing to them. As a result, we aim to help you developing healthy and strong follicles, ready to mature.


How Acupuncture Needles Can Help You Manage Stress

Stress is another main factor to infertility. High levels of cortisol (the hormone which is released in the brain when people are under stress) disrupt the ovulation cycle. This prevents a woman from getting pregnant. It also increases a lot the risk of miscarriage in women once they become pregnant. While in men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence.

The release of cortisol affects the brain’s neuro chemical balance. As a consequence, it disrupts the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. Stress can greatly affect the delicate balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive glands.

As a result, it may prevent a woman from ovulating entirely. And if a woman does not ovulate, she does not have chances to conceive in that menstrual cycle. Besides stress can create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus. Thus it interferes with the movement and implantation of a potential fertilized egg.

Acupuncture for fertility may reduce stress quickly. Because we specifically needle acupuncture points to promote the parasympathetic nervous system. This part of the brain is “resting and healing” mode.

Acupuncture counters the effects of stress and cortisol. It does it by releasing endorphins in the brain. As a result, it stimulates the production of endogenous opioids affecting the autonomic nervous system. Thanks to that, it can initiate the relaxation response, putting your body in healing mode and reducing stress and anxiety.

People often start to immediately breathe slower and deeper, relaxing muscles, promote digestion and slow the hear rate too. Because of this, Acupuncture is often regarded as a natural rescue remedy for anxiety.

How Acupuncture Needles Can Enhance Ovulation

Another main cause of infertility is is an ovulation disorder. Some of the most common ovulatory conditions are:

  • Anovulation (which is the absence of ovulation)

  • Disrupted menstrual cycle (as it happens in women suffering from PCOS). In this case the release of a mature egg from the ovary is prevented, so the chances of becoming pregnant. PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is one of the most common cause of infertility as this condition affects the ovulation cycle preventing the follicle to become mature in order to release the egg.

Research has shown how acupuncture for fertility is one of the best natural treatment to help women resume ovulation, especially those suffering from PCOS and so her chances of conceiving.

Acupuncture for fertility aims to naturally regulate ovulation and menstruation by stimulating the organs, improving blood flow, normalising hormone levels and promoting the proper functioning of the reproductive system.

What are the Best Acupuncture Points to Needles for Fertility?

Depending on the client and on her current situation, acupuncturists will use a set of lot of different points all around the body. When treating infertility tough, we tend to use points on the head to promote relaxation. We also needles acupuncture points around the stomach to boost the supply of fresh blood to the ovaries.

There are also some very important points around the lower legs and the ankles. These are believed to promote blood flow to the reproductive organs, enhancing a correct hormonal balance.


The Acupuncture Roadmap to Pregnancy: Sessions, Timing, and Aftercare

A successful acupuncture treatment plan is a personalised journey and has to be guided by a licensed acupuncturist. Let's explore in more details Frequency,Timing and Aftercare to help you understand how acupuncture can create a supportive environment for your fertility journey.

How many Acupuncture Sessions will I need to get Pregnant?

Acupuncture for fertility usually treats most menstrual problems within three to six months. However the number of treatments usually depends on how long-standing and severe the issue may be. Acupuncture for fertility works on a cumulative level so it often requires repetition to make a sustained change, and healthy lifestyle changes can boost its efficacy.

At A to Zen therapies we are really keen in supporting women experiencing menstrual disorders and those who are trying to conceive. We offer online coaching sessions to learn all about your cycle and natural ways to improve and regulate it.

We help you to develop a fertility care plan tailored to your unique needs and we are always here to advice and guide you in this journey. It is an honour for us to be next to you in this.

How often should you do acupuncture for fertility?

The ideal frequency of acupuncture sessions for fertility can vary depending on several factors, but here's a general breakdown:

  • Initially: Most practitioners recommend starting with weekly sessions. This allows for consistent stimulation and a chance to assess your response to the treatment.

  • Duration: Depending on your individual situation and goals, a typical course of treatment might involve 6-10 sessions.

  • IVF cycles: If you're undergoing IVF, acupuncture is often recommended in the weeks leading up to embryo transfer. Some suggest twice-weekly sessions during this period.

  • Long-term: For continued support and regulation, some women choose to continue monthly or bi-monthly sessions.

When Should I Start Acupuncture for trying to conceive?

Most preconception programs start at least 3 months before trying to conceive, either naturally or by assisted conception for maximum results. However any moment is good to try this therapy. Because it doesn't have side effects and can truly support your body and mind wherever you are in your fertility journey.

Optimizing Your Fertility Acupuncture Session: Activities to Avoid

It is best to avoid having a big meal prior to the session. Because you will have to lay down for a while. Also since we needles specific Acupuncture points for fertility that aim to promote relaxation, it would be ideal to avoid strenuous physical activities such as running or gym classes after your session. These little precautions will help to avoid contra actions and get the best out of your treatment. 

Will Insurance cover Acupuncture?

Most insurance in London cover Acupuncture as it is one of the most recognised and researched alternative therapy by the Western medicine. Because plans vary in coverage, you should check with your provider. If you are in doubt, please contact us and we will have a look at the associations recognised from your insurance together.

We're proud that our acupuncturists are members of leading acupuncture associations in the UK. For a complete list of their affiliations, please visit our therapists page.

Why Choose Us

You are unique & your treatment should be too

At A to Zen therapies we know very well that trying something new sometimes it can feel a little daunting at first, so rest assured that we take that to heart. During your first appointment we will make sure we do an in-depth consultation where you can share a detailed history of your symptoms and lifestyle, so we will be able to truly tailor the treatment to you, based on your precise needs and concerns.

We’ll also make a recommendation for follow-up care with your best interests, budget, and whole-person wellness in mind.

If you are thinking to try acupuncture for fertility, speak to your gynaecologist so she can help you weigh your options and establish a timeline that you can follow to feel more in control. Before receiving an acupuncture for fertility treatment is sometimes useful to have blood work done so that you can identify any possible underlying problems and we can be even more specific when treating you.

What Our Clients Say

"Acupuncture needles played a crucial role in helping me conceive. After struggling for months, I decided to try acupuncture, and within a few months of treatment, I got pregnant. It was truly a life-changing experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone struggling with fertility issues." - Carrie

"Fertility Acupuncture was a game-changer for us. My husband's fertility was a concern, so we decided to try acupuncture. Not only did it boost his fertility, but we also got pregnant shortly after starting treatment. We couldn't be happier with the results!" - Felicity


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