IVF AND NATURAL CONCEPTION ASSISTANCE
Currently around one in seven couple in the UK have trouble conceiving naturally - that's around 3.5 million people!
The definition of infertility is the inability to naturally fall pregnant within one year of having regular unprotected sex.
Acupuncture may help in the treatment of infertility by:
regulating fertility hormones - stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA). Acupuncture promotes the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which regulates gonadatrophin releasing hormone from the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary (Anderson 2007).
increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs (Ho 2009, Anderson 2007), which can improve the thickness of the endometrial lining, so increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
increasing egg production (Jin 2009) and improving oocyte quality (Chen 2009), which could increase the chance of fertilisation.
enhancing luteal function (Huang 2009)
regulating follicle stimulation hormone-receptor expression (Jin 2009).
normalising cortisol and prolactin levels on IVF medication days (Magarelli 2008); reducing stress (Anderson 2007)
promoting embryo implantation (Liu 2008).
Acupuncture is a very relaxing treatment, and I have the honour of working with so many clients and helping them through this sometimes difficult journey. Helping people conceive with Acupuncture is one of my passions!
If you need help in conceiving naturally, or are about to undergo IVF treatment, give Acupuncture a try!