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
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