How does acupuncture help to improve fertility?
Acupuncture concentrates on triggering the body's healing mechanisms to treat a variety of gynaecological issues. As a Five Element acupuncturist, I also consider all aspects of a person's life that might be affecting their fertility and overall health. This allows me to determine exactly how best to help each person.
Research has shown that acupuncture helps to:
Source: Acupuncture today
Why is Five Element acupuncture so useful in fertility treatment?
Chinese medicine is based on 5000 years of observation and has been treating fertility issues for just as long, so it has much to offer in this area. It takes into account a different and wider range of factors than Western medicine when considering fertility, that together, or individually, could be contributing to a fertility or health issue. For example, the term ‘unexplained infertility’ doesn’t exist in Chinese medicine as there is always something that can be improved or corrected to move the body further towards balance. This makes it a particularly useful course of action for couples who would like to maximise their chances for trying naturally, before starting down the IUI or IVF route.
How long does it take for treatment to have an effect?
I recommend coming for treatment for a period of 3 to 4 months (the time it takes for an egg or sperm to mature) to help prepare for pregnancy. Some pregnancies happen much sooner, some take longer. It depends on how easily the body comes back into balance and is ready to conceive.
At the start of the process I provide a clear plan for couples in what can be a very confusing and stressful time. I find this helps people to take charge of their fertility and often avoids substantial stress and cost, particularly if pregnancy can be achieved naturally.
The consultation is confidential and treatment is non-invasive and safe and gives couples the individual attention required at this time. For a free consultation or to book an appointment please call 07737 958 633 or fill in the form below.
"When I first came to see Leonie I was feeling down and hopeless. My husband and I had been trying for a baby for 2 1/2 years.... I had been told that acupuncture could help with fertility problems but I was also aware that my emotional problems were getting worse and I was fearing depression. The holistic approach Leonie used made me feel better in my body and mind from the very first sessions and each time I would feel better and more positive. After 3 months of treatment I was delighted to find out I was pregnant.
"Leonie, I wanted to say a huge thank you to you- as I am convinced that your help was a MAJOR contributing factor to me getting pregnant.
"On my 40th birthday, I was in hospital after my second miscarriage. I was very sad. I was terrified by the idea of not having children...."
Leonie is a qualified acupuncturist and member of the AAC. She graduated in Five Element acupuncture from The College of Traditional Acupuncture in Warwick and has worked for the Kite clinic in London, one of the UK's leading acupuncture practices. She specialises in fertility and works with GyneHealth on all aspects of women’s health.