Whether your aim is to conceive naturally or whether IVF is necessary, I practise acupuncture that can significantly boost your fertility. The acupuncture I practise works by stimulating your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This means that hormone levels are balanced, blood circulation is improved and healthy maturation of sperm and egg is stimulated.
I am a fully qualified five Element Acupuncturist, trained at The Collage of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) and the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN) and have 17 years’ experience of working with fertility acupuncture. For the past 3 years I was an associate of the Natural Fertility Centre (NFC) Edinburgh helping hundreds of couples with their fertility problems.
Science supports Acupuncture
In 2002, a team of German researchers discovered that acupuncture significantly increased the odds of pregnancy among a group of 160 women who were undergoing IVF treatment.
Of the group 80 women had straightforward IVF treatment and 80 women had acupuncture before and after IVF treatment; 42% of the women who received acupuncture got pregnant, compared to 26% of those who didn’t have acupuncture.
The researchers speculated that acupuncture helped increase blood flow to the uterus and relax the muscle tissue, giving the embryos a better chance of implanting. Other research does suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing stress. Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that reducing your stress through acupuncture could theoretically improve your odds of conceiving. Some patients find acupuncture helpful to cope with the stress they feel about trying to conceive.
Acupuncture may also help male infertility. A few studies have shown that regular treatments significantly improve sperm counts and motility (the strength with which the sperm swim). Plus new research shows that acupuncture can significantly improve the quality and health of sperm. In a study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2005 researchers analysed sperm samples from men with infertility of unknown cause before and after acupuncture treatments. They found that acupuncture was associated with fewer structural defects in sperm and an increase in the number of normal sperm.
- US National Library of Medicine
- British Acupuncture Council
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine
"I have attended Alan for varies physical ailments over many years mainly done through sporting injuries. His acupuncture treatments enabled me to continue my active lifestyle and, I feel quickened the healing process and reduced the pain level. The last treatment from Alan was for a groin strain which after one treatment cleared up within a few days. I have no hesitation in recommending acupuncture as a most effective treatment and Alan as an extremely skilled practitioner."
David F. Paterson