Infertility Acupuncture

Surrey Acupuncture practices acupuncture for a variety of conditions, but you may be surprised to learn that we offer acupuncture as an infertility treatment.  Rooted in the practices of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has a long history in addressing issues that are associated with infertility.  If you’ve never experienced acupuncture before, it’s helpful to understand that this treatment involves inserting long, thin needles into specific regions of the body that relate to interior and exterior pathways of the body.  These channels or meridians help to regulate a wide range of body functions.

In promoting fertility, acupuncture works in very specific ways.

For example, acupuncture can stimulate an under- or over-functioning thyroid, conditions commonly known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism respectively.  In traditional Eastern medicinal practice, acupuncture is frequently combined with herbal approaches to treat many of the underlying causes of infertility.

There are certainly limitations to the practice of acupuncture in promoting fertility, for example this approach cannot reverse the effects of endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease; but, there may be the possibility of increased fertility because of other positive influences of acupuncture.  Combined herbal and acupuncture treatments may improve the function of ovaries and follicles, may improve blood flow to the endometrium, and thereby can facilitate a healthy uterine lining.

If you’re considering acupuncture treatment to address struggles with infertility, it is important to understand that acupuncture is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Working closely with a doctor of Chinese medicine at Surrey Acupuncture, you will learn when and how often acupuncture is recommended for your particular health needs.  Many patients undergo at least three months of acupuncture treatment before turning to alternative approaches such as in vitro fertilization.  Similarly, it is not only the frequency of acupuncture treatment that warrants consideration, the pacing and timing of treatment must be optimized.

Empirical evidence of the benefits of acupuncture for fertility is recently gaining attention.  One study out of the Scandinavia Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre and the University of Gothenburg suggests women undergo acupuncture treatments before and after embryo transfer.  Indeed, acupuncture may be an important adjunct therapy to traditional Western practices.  This revelation was shared via clinical observations reported through the Berkley Centre for Reproductive Wellness.  This group expressed the value of combined acupuncture, herbal, and Western medical approaches.

Finally, the risks of acupuncture are minimal, making it an acceptable choice for most couples seeking fertility treatment.  Working with highly qualified acupuncturists, such as those at Surrey Acupuncture further reduces the risks associated with these treatments.  Moreover, acupuncture is generally regarded as a safe intervention regardless of your medical history.  So, consider working with an acupuncturist that specializes in fertility treatments if you are looking for alternative approaches to boost your fertility.