Fertility and IVF Support

Deciding to start a family is an exciting decision. For many couples it can happen right away, but for others it can be a slightly more complicated journey. 

Infertility is on the rise with 1 in 7 couple experiencing some difficulty.  About 1/3 of cases are due to unknown causes with 1/3 male infertility and 1/3 female infertility. 

For some couples they may need just a little support while others may need more assistance. Some couples prefer try more natural or holistic methods before seeking IVF. 

Preparing for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the most natural thing in the world, but it can be difficult to achieve and sustain so it is essential to ensure you are in the best possible health.

Sheira works with couples to explore how they can support their bodies for successful pregnancy. She primarily treats women but sometimes it also helps to see both sides of the couple as Acupuncture can support both male and female fertility.

There are a number of studies suggesting acupuncture enhances fertility, including:

  • regulating hormone function

  • counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome

  • increasing blood flow to the ovaries and therefore enhancing the environment in which follicles develop 

  • increasing blood flow to the uterus which may increase the thickness of the endometrial lining, thereby increasing the chance of successful embryo implantation

  • increasing blood flow to the testes and enhancing sperm health - quantity and quality

During your initial consultation we will

  • explore your diet and how nutrition can affect your fertility and pregnancy

  • Vitamin supplementation and suggested levels based on research

  • your cycle and how to track it, so you know when you are most fertile 

  • how lifestyle factors - overwork, stress, can help or hinder fertility

  • how your partner can enhance his fertility

In some cases, if I think it is necessary, I will recommend some baseline fertility tests for you and your partner.

Whether you are at the beginning or further down the line, and would benefit from Acupuncture support my aim is to help you achieve your goal.

IVF Support

For some couples they may need medical support to help conceive. Studies  have shown having Acupuncture during your Assisted Fertility Technique (ART) treatment increases the incidence of implantation and conception. Many IVF clinics support these findings and will often recommend Acupuncture to their client as an adjunct therapy during your treatment.

Sheira has undergone extensive additional training so she can help support you during

Assisted Fertility Techniques (ART) treatment which can include:

  • Stimulated cycles

  • IUI

  • IVF

  • ICSI

  • Frozen Embryo Transfer

  • Egg donation

  • Sperm donation

  • All other ART treatments

Here is some more information about the studies that show Acupuncture can have a significant effect on ART outcomes:

  • In 2002, the Paulus Study examined the effect of acupuncture treatment alongside IVF. There was a 42.5% pregnancy rate in the group of women who receive acupuncture before and after IVF, compared to a pregnancy rate of 26.3%  in those women who simply underwent IVF

  • In 2016, research at Homerton Hospital demonstrated that acupuncture treatment alongside IVF doubles a women’s chances of having a baby

  • In October 2018, a comprehensive systematic meta-analysis compared trials that treated patients with acupuncture during in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in comparison to routine IVF and ICSI treatment with no acupuncture. The meta-analysis indicated that Acupuncture treatment may be beneficial in IVF/ICSI for improving the clinical pregnancy, implantation and live birth outcomes.