There are so many factors that are responsible for infertility – such as diet, stress, overwork and genes, and it can be a very puzzling and stressful process. Every patient will have a different Chinese medicine diagnosis for their infertility and acupuncture points will be chosen accordingly.
The body and mind have to be in the correct balance for conception to occur naturally, and the mother should be in the best possible health before becoming pregnant to ensure a healthy embryo is produced and carried to full term.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Acupuncture is becoming widely accepted as a method for improving the success rates of IVF. On your visit a full case history will be taken to determine the best plan for you. Acupuncture is used throughout IVF to prepare the body for the intake of prescribed hormones and eventually pregnancy. It is vital that the ovaries are producing the best quality eggs possible, and that the mother can relax whilst going through IVF.
Typically the use of hormones can be stressful on the body and mind. Acupuncture may help by stimulating the channels that pass through the uterus, making sure a good supply of blood is available. Additionally it may help to relax the muscles, helping to prevent contractions after implantation.
The most critical time for acupuncture treatment during IVF is 20 minutes before and after the embryo transfer, and it is recommended that preparation is taken for up to three months before beginning IVF.
Pre Menstrual Tension (PMT / PMS)
In Chinese medicine this is commonly described as Liver Qi stagnation or blood stasis. Overwork, anger and stress knot our Qi (energy) and blood is unable to flow normally, causing pain, and symptoms such as headaches and tenderness. Additionally, many other factors are associated with stagnation and blood stasis, such as polycystic ovaries (PCOS) and fibroids. Acupuncture aims to unblock Qi and release stagnation, allowing the blood to flow properly. Occasionally women may also show signs of blood deficiency, typically noticeable by a lack of periods.