Acupuncture For Fertility
Fertility Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Roughly 15% of couples experience fertility issues when trying to fall pregnant. Some couples, such as same sex couples and others, can only fall pregnant with the assistance of IVF or other reproductive technologies. Couples may also include other adjunctive options such as acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine for their fertility.
Fertility and Infertility - The Basics
Couples find it difficult to conceive naturally and many of those may be directed to fertility specialists and IVF clinics for assistance to fall pregnant. 30% of the fertility problems reside in the male partner, 30% in the female partner and about 30% in both partners. The remaining 10% are considered unknown, often referred to as idiopathic infertility (1).
A number of lifestyle factors can impede fertility, such as age, which can significantly affect a couples chance of falling pregnant, for men this can present much more subtly as men over 45 can take 5 times longer to conceive than a man in their 20's (2). Other lifetsyle impacts on fertility can include obesity, alcohol and smoking. There is also some suggestion that caffeine may have an impact (3)
Acupuncture for Fertility - Research
Studies of acupuncture for fertility and improving rates of pregnancy are hard to find and currently the broader body of evidence is unclear. In the field of IVF acupuncture more research is readily available and in some studies show that acupuncture may improve the clinical pregnancy rate of those undergoing IVF and it may help with reducing risk of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (4). As yet the quality of these studies and findings can be called in to question. Further research is required to explore if there is a positive effect of acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy outcomes.
Using Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression
For some, the process of trying to fall pregnant can take its toll on mental health, acupuncture may be an effective adjunctive method to help treat depression and anxiety (4).
Your Fertility Acupuncture Session
When using Chinese medicine and acupuncture for fertility, we begin by asking some questions about your fertility. How long have you been trying to fall pregnant and the steps you have taken leading up to the acupuncture consultation. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine look at fertility and attempting to fall pregnant through a different lens. We see your mind and body as a whole . We will then review other aspects of your health like your activities, sleep quality, aches and pains, your cycle (if relevant) and energy levels. After palpating your pulse and/or abdomen, we then decide upon a course of acupuncture for fertility that we will discuss with you. At Coburg Chinese medicine we support an integrative and inclusive approach to treatment.
Q. How Often Would the Fertility Acupuncture Sessions Be?
Generally for the acupuncture clients we work with who are trying to prepare themselves for falling pregnant we usually see them once a week for a few cycles. We try where possible to arrange appointments in line with ovulation and periods. We may also use some Chinese medicine as an adjunct to your fertility acupuncture sessions.
Q. Does your Acupuncture Clinic See LGBTI Clients?
Of course. We happily work with clients from sexuality and gender diverse community and try to provide an inclusive and safe space for all.
Q. Do You Provide Acupuncture for Male Infertility?
Yes, we have experience working with both male and female fertility acupuncture. As mentioned above about 30% of couple infertility is due to the male partner and 30% due to a combination of the male and female partner.
Our Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic
Based in Melbourne, the Coburg Clinic services people from Coburg and surrounding Northern suburbs such as Brunswick, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Fawkner, Thornbury, Northcote. If you wish to discuss how acupuncture can assist you call us on 03 9041 656
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1. Betterhealth.vic.gov.au. (2017). Infertility in women. [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/infertility-in-women [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
2. Your Fertility. (2018). Age and reproductive outcomes. [online] Available at: https://yourfertility.org.au/resource/age-and-reproductive-outcomes/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
3. Your Fertility. (2018). Effects of caffeine, alcohol and smoking on reproductive outcomes. [online] Available at: https://yourfertility.org.au/resource/effects-of-caffeine-alcohol-and-smoking-on-reproductive-outcomes/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
4. McDonald, John & Janz, Stephen. (2016). The Acupuncture Evidence Project : A Comparative Literature Review (Revised). Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, Coorparoo