How does acupuncture help fertility?

It is not commonly know that acupuncture is an effective treatment for increasing fertility and regulating menstruation.

Women often ask us about how acupuncture could help them to get pregnant.
So here is a brief overview of how acupuncture benefits fertility in women. Acupuncture:
• regulates fertility hormones
• increases blood flow to the ovaries and  to the uterus, improves the thickness of the endometrial lining and increases the chances of embryo implantation.
•counteracts the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS.
Acupuncture also works on an emotional/spirit level, so when stressful lifestyles are impacting general well-being, acupuncture helps women feel more relaxed and better able to organise their lives for good health which in turn will lead to increased chances of successful pregnancies.
At the People’s Acupuncture Project we also give dietary advice as this can often be a factor in fertility. We can suggest foods which build blood or reduce blocks such as Cold or Damp, based on our diagnosis of the individual.
Acupuncture is also a useful adjunct to IVF treatment and is recommended by many private IVF clinics as it improves success rates.
And finally don’t forget male health is a vital role in fertility – so its important that both partners are in good health.
Do get in touch if you would like to know more.