I am especially passionate about acupuncture in treating fertility and have been supporting couples through natural conception and IVF for the last thirteen years. I have attended post graduate training with Zita West and Debra Betts – both experts in the field.
There is a growing body of research evidence which shows that acupuncture may support:
Pre and Post Embryo Transfer
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Acupuncture has been used in many Eastern cultures for countless centuries and is a long established component, in particular, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is used as a primary source of preventative medicine and treatment to support male and female reproductive health generally.
Personally recommended by Zita West, the acupuncture protocols I incorporate have a Five Element approach which means I am able to create each treatment individually for my patient’s specific needs and then integrate this with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The frequency and number of treatments will depend on the condition, as a general rule treatment will initially be weekly and then spaced out fortnightly and then monthly.
My view here is that it is essential to spend time getting both body and mind as healthy as possible prior to pregnancy.
During assisted fertility/IVF I again follow Zita West’s protocol and recommend treatment prior to the start of the cycle, then two times during simulation, pre and post embryo transfer and again around 7 to 10 days after embryo transfer.
Once you have happily conceived, I am able to offer you obstetric care in managing those problems commonly associated with pregnancy. As well as helping you past the early weeks, when you may be naturally anxious, I can help you with morning sickness, hyperemesis, nausea, as well as promoting healthy blood flow to the uterus. Acupuncture can also help with the tiredness that often accompanies pregnancies, as well as all the aches and pains that you might experience from backache to pubic symphysis and additionally raised blood pressure and anemia.
If your baby is in a breech position and you don’t wish to consider external cephalic version (ECV), your midwife may suggest trying a treatment using moxibustion. Research has shown that this can be an effective treatment for gently encouraging your baby to position himself in the cephalic position. It is most effective during weeks 32-35, but can be used up to week 37. I offer a half hour appointment where I show you how to carry out the procedure and give you the moxibustion equipment to continue daily at home.
Weekly acupuncture in the last 5 or 6 weeks of pregnancy can greatly help with preparing for labour. As well as building up your reserves of energy it can help with the release of endorphins to help you manage your labour more comfortably. I also offer a booklet explaining acupressure points that you and your partner can use during labour.
If baby is late I can offer induction acupuncture.