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Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

fertility acupuncture

Acupuncture is a proven, time-honoured, drug-free and very safe form of treatment for fertility and expecting mothers.  Acupuncture works hand-in-glove with IVF to improve IVF success rates and during pregnancy to help you carry to term and make it a more enjoyable experience overall.

Why choose Dr Sandra Wu to help you with your fertility and pregnancy?

Sandra can help you during specific periods of your fertility and pregnancy journey or can be with you to support you all the way through.

  • Experience. Sandra has treated hundreds of women and men for fertility, with the majority of them doing IVF.Sandra also has three young children of her own so understands first-hand what you are going through.
  • Success. Hundreds of babies have been born by patients under Sandra’s care.
  • Working knowledge. Sandra is familiar with the majority of IVF hospitals/ clinics and know how each one works. From experience Dr Wu also knows the different treatment protocols that Western medicine uses to perform IVF treatments. Examples include: some doctors transfer at day 3 and some at day 6. Some doctors use ICSI straight up whereas some prefer not to. Some doctors will transfer 2 embryos others will only transfer one. She also knows why certain doctors will or won’t use a certain procedure for certain couples.
  • Understanding. Sandra can also explain to ‘first timers’ to IVF what they can experience during a stimulated cycle (she finds that many doctors and nurses administer the medications but don’t explain thoroughly what you will go through, especially emotionally). For example if you are prescribed the nasal spray it can give you headaches and can create an emotional rollercoaster with the ensuing change in hormones, which you may not be told about. You can also be overstimulated, which causes inflammation around the uterus which isn’t good for embryo transfer (this is where the acupuncture can reduce the inflammation to provide an improved chance of implantation as doctors will still do a transfer regardless after 3 or 6 days).

How acupuncture helps with fertility

  • Helps regulate menstrual cycles
  • Enhances follicular development therefore improving egg quality
  • Decreases stress levels, which is one of the main reasons for irregular periods with IVF, research has found that acupuncture improves success of pregnancy by 40-60% when treatments are given before and after embryo transfers. Acupuncture causes a release of endorphins – one of the body’s strongest and natural feel-good hormones.

Acupuncture for pregnancy

If you are already pregnant Sandra can help your pregnancy symptoms.

  • Monitoring your progress by diagnosing your tongue, radial pulse and other signs to see if all is ok.
  • Maintaining good blood flow to the uterus (an extremely important part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy).
  • Reducing stress, anxiety and smoothing out the emotional rollercoaster that comes with trying to fall pregnant and being pregnant (being relaxed and happy is another very important part of conceiving and carrying to term).
  • Reducing morning sickness by regulating your stomach through acupuncture.
  • Reducing aches and pains. Back pain is the BIG one, but as you advance your pregnancy your joints will move to adapt to the pregnancy to create hip pain or carpal tunnel pain).
  • If need be, at the end of the pregnancy Sandra can help you induce the baby.

Acupuncture after pregnancy

  • Lactation problems
  • Removing blood stagnation
  • Rebuilding your energy and health so you can get back to feeling good faster

 

To book a 20 minute FREE Health consultation with Sandra or begin your fertility or pregnancy treatment straight away go to our bookings page.

Fertility and Pregnancy Acupuncture FAQs

How does acupuncture help enhance fertility?

  • Increases the rate of pregnancy
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Regulates stress levels
  • Reduces the risk of miscarriage

How long would I need acupuncture to get pregnant?

This depends on a number of factors. These include:

  • The type of reproductive problem in which the female or male has
    Frequency of treatments
  • Generally expect to be having weekly treatments between 3 – 12 months. Then depending on the person it is recommended weekly treatments through gestational week 12

How is progress of treatments determined?

Indication of progress includes:

  • More regular periods
  • Using ovulation tests to show that ovulation is occurring and when it is occurring
  • High stress levels is a factor linked with infertility. Acupuncture is proven to calm and reinvigorate. If you are more relaxed and happier, your chances of conceiving increase substantially
  • Decreased side effects of any fertility medication

Is acupuncture safe in pregnancy?

Yes. It is extremely safe when performed by an accredited acupuncturist