Its spring time, the sun is shining, the daffodils are in bloom and there are baby lambs in the fields. The evenings are getting brighter and the trees are all budding. It is a lovely time of the year full of new beginnings and new life no matter where you look.
In clinic this time of year I do tend to see an increase in couples coming for treatment to help them conceive, be that naturally or if they are going down the assisted route.
Did you know that acupuncture can improve reproductive health, both in men and women?
Acupuncture is ideal for women who want to boost their fertility naturally, prepare themselves in the best way possible before IVF or try to conceive again after experiencing a miscarriage.
Treatments work alongside the menstrual cycle and aim to improve egg quality, promote ovulation, and improve the quality and thickness of the uterine lining to promote implantation, address PMT symptoms and promote efficient regular cycles.
AAcupuncture therefore addresses underlying conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis.
The great strength of acupuncture lies in restoring physical, hormonal and emotional balance to allow conception to happen.
Male factor infertility accounts for 45% of all fertility.
Couples diagnosed with male factor infertility are quickly referred for ICSI when there is a lot men can do to improve their fertility naturally.
Considering the cost of ICSI, it makes sense for men to do everything they can to let their sperm improve with acupuncture, nutritional supplements and diet.
12 acupuncture treatments coupled with a few lifestyle changes can significantly improve the count, motility and morphology, allowing for natural conception to happen.
Embarking on IVF/ICSI treatment after having been TTCing for a while can be a hopeful and joyous time, but it is also a very stressful time. The procedures are invasive and also very costly.
Having regular acupuncture treatments in the lead up to IVF will ensure that you are in the best shape possible and could increase your chances of success by as much as 40% to 60%. Ideally preparation for IVF/ICSI should begin 2 to 3 months before starting the cycle.
Acupuncture during an IVF/ICSI cycle improves pelvic blood flow, improves egg quality and quantity, creates a thicker uterine lining and therefore increases the chances of implantation and prevents the uterus from contracting after transfer. It will also keep you calm and relaxed and reduce the side effects from the medication.
It is important to mention that acupuncture does not hurt and is in fact a relaxing and enjoyable experience and that patients look forward to their treatment.
No matter where you are on your conception journey, if you or someone you know would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Niamh
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture