For couples who are struggling to conceive, acupuncture can be of great benefit as an adjunct to their normal medical treatment. Patients report that they feel relaxed, supported and understood by a practitioner who treats them in an empathetic and caring way.
At Equilibrium Acupuncture I support women in Putney, Wimbledon and the surrounding area who are trying to conceive.
There have been a number of clinical studies into the use of acupuncture in fertility. Randomised trials in China have demonstrated significantly better pregnancy rates for acupuncture than medication (Yang 2005, Chen 2007, Song 2008), but these studies may not be of a high quality. In the West, clinical trials on acupuncture for natural fertility (i.e. not as an adjunct to assisted conception) are almost non-existent, though there is a small amount of positive evidence (Gerhard 1992, Stener-Victorin 2000, 2008, 2010).
Most clinical trials to date suggest that acupuncture may be useful in the embryo transfer stage of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and results in an increased pregnancy rate and a greater number of live births (Cheong 2008, Manheimer 2008, Kong 2009, Chen 2009, Smith 2006, Westergaard 2006), though there have been exceptions (Domar 2009) In one recent large trial the pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group was lower than that of the control (So 2009), thus affecting the results of subsequent reviews (Cheong 2010). This trial used an inappropriately active control treatment, a sort of acupressure, thus casting doubt on the validity of the findings.
Some of the most recent research indicates that whole systems acupuncture, where women are given individualised acupuncture treatments up to and during the assisted conception process increases the chances of live birth compared with those using acupuncture protocols and women undergoing usual care (Lee, Hullender, Rubin, 2015).
It is clear that there is a need for more high-quality randomised controlled clinical trials into the use of acupuncture in assisting natural fertility and as an adjunct to assisted reproduction (IVF).
Research has established plausible mechanisms to explain how acupuncture may benefit fertility, by regulating fertility hormones, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, and counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
If you are considering the use of acupuncture in assisting you to conceive, please do not hesitate to call me, Jane Smith on 07733 001098. I will be happy to discuss how acupuncture can help you.
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Please call me on 07733 001 098 if you would like to book fertility acupuncture in Putney, Wimbledon or Wandsworth this year. I look forward to hearing from you.