Acupuncture and fertility by Steve Coster

Acupuncture for Fertility

For some failure to get pregnant, either naturally or with IVF, can be devastating.

According to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA),

infertility is estimated to affect around 1 in 6-7 UK couples at some point in their

lives. Some couples turn to acupuncture as a last resort, meaning that their

conditions may be rather complex and they are often extremely stressed by their


Stress and Anxiety

Most women, and indeed couples, with fertility issues are stressed and anxious

due to the frustration of being unable to conceive, so relaxation is essential for

supporting them, and acupuncture is often beneficial. I work closely with

women who have been diagnosed with PCOS, endometriosis or unexplained

infertility, but also with men who want to improve the quality, morphology or

motility of their sperm.

Lifestyle is an important factor in fertility

By reestablishing balance and therefore improving a person’s overall health both

physically and mentally, acupuncture can increase the possibility of a natural

conception. I closely analyze the body basal temperature (BBT) which allows me

to monitor the state of the female’s estrogen and progesterone levels and

whether she is ovulating at the right time. This highlights any potential

problems and gives conception the best possible chance. I also consider a

couples diet and lifestyle (stress, exercise, smoking, drinking, etc.) as well as

their full medical history, including the male’s sperm test results. Traditional

Chinese Medicine allows me to consider people as individuals, not simply boxes

to be ticked.

As well as physiological problems there may also be psycho-emotional aspects

blocking successful conception. Stress affects every process in the body, from

the digestive system to the reproductive system. Acupuncture can help to

reduce stress and build your vitality and general health.

Acupuncture has demonstrated that it can help women conceive with or without

IVF. And although a Western diagnosis can complement an Acupuncture

treatment, as an acupuncturist I find that a TCM differentiation integrated with

BBT analysis can be the most effective treatment of infertility prior to taking the

IVF route.

Steve Coster


Just to let you know I took a pregnancy test over the weekend and the results

were positive. I am absolutely over the moon and truly believe the Acupuncture

played a part in the result…so thank you very much!

Nicola - IVF Support client

Karen Revivo