Fertility issues happen for about 10% of the population. There can be many reasons for this and studies have found that it is equally an imbalance with the male as female. Some of the common reasons are due to medical issues, while some are emotional and others are caused by the stress and frustration of continuously trying month after month.


Acupuncture treatments are helpful in improving pregnancy success rate as it focuses on the following:

  • Balance your fertility hormonal level

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and create a thick rich lining for the fetus to grow in

  • Improve blood flow to the follicle and ovaries and their function

  • Reduce the level of stress

  • Strengthen your immune system, and helps with unbalances in the body

  • Reduce medication side effects


As with all our Acupuncture assessments, all aspects are considered when developing the treatment plan for a patient - from age to previous pregnancies, lifestyle (exercise, sleeping, stress), and nutrition.  Fertility issues can come from a variety of issues and we work with the patient and their medical team to determine what is best for them.    


As women go through many changes throughout their lifetime, there are many conditions that can impact fertility and it is important to first work on regulating the women's cycle. 

Some of the many conditions that can be addressed are:

  • Heavy Periods

  • Absent Periods

  • Spotting

  • Irregular Menstrual Cycle

  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Cramps and Mood Swings

  • Ovulation and Poor Egg Quality

  • Endometriosis

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POS)


As acupuncture can help regulate a women's cycle, it can also help support women through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycles.   IUI involves a combination of hormones to stimulate a woman’s ovaries and the insertion of prepared sperm directly into the uterus during ovulation to increase chances of conception.  Whereas, IVF is a process of fertilization of the egg with the sperm outside the body.  Both these processes involve monitoring and stimulating the woman's body and tracking her cycle.  Most couples will do 2-4 IUI cycles before additional treatment or IVF is recommended, though there may be reasons to consider an increase or decrease in the number of cycles attempted based on your specific diagnosis or situation.

Our treatments are based on the latest research and timed according to your cycle. You can begin treatment at any point during the cycle, but ideally, we start treatment with both partners 1-3 months prior to the IUI or IVF.  This allows us to help improve the quality of the eggs and help bring your body into balance to optimize conditions for conception, and for men to help improve sperm quality.

Acupuncture can assist patients going through these cycles by supporting them by: 

  • Relaxing the patient, decreasing stress, and taking individual time with patients

  • Regulating hormonal imbalances resulting in a larger number of follicles

  • Strengthening the immune system

  • Lessening the side effects of drugs used in IVF or other western reproductive procedures and techniques

  • Improving the function of the ovaries to help produce better quality eggs

  • Increasing blood flow to the uterus and increasing the thickness of the uterine lining

  • Preventing the uterus from contracting

  • Improving semen and sperm to create better quality and quantity of embryos

  • Decreasing the chances of miscarriage


Here are some great articles to help understand how acupuncture can help with fertility:


How does Acupuncture for Fertility Work

Can Acupuncture Really Boost my Fertility


For over 3000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has promoted specialized treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery. Today this care is becoming increasingly popular and used by acupuncturists and specially trained midwives in countries such as Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand where acupuncture is available in specialized antenatal clinics and maternity hospitals. Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in traditional Chinese medicine as a window of opportunity to enhance the woman’s well being. Conversely, if adequate care is not taken the resulting problems may continue long after the birth. Value is therefore placed on promoting preventive care to strengthen the mother and baby as well as dealing with problems as they occur during pregnancy. Acupuncture can be used in a variety of ways to promote fetal and maternal health.


Acupuncture is often very effective in reducing both the severity and incidence of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Research has shown that women receiving traditional acupuncture (where points were chosen according to an individual diagnosis) experienced faster relief when compared to those groups who did not receive acupuncture.   


Back pain, rib pain, sciatica and symphysis pubis pain are common in pregnancy and can all be markedly reduced with acupuncture. 


The ideal treatment of moxibustion at 34 –35 weeks have a significant effect in helping to turn breech babies, but can still be useful when used later in the pregnancy. Techniques can also help babies that are not in the optimal position prior to birth, such as those in a posterior position


Acupuncture can have an important role in assisting to reduce high blood pressure, especially if treatment is commenced early when hypertension is first noted. The effectiveness of acupuncture will be reflected in the improved blood pressure readings and blood tests used by midwives and specialists to detect possible complications. As hypertension has the potential to escalate quickly, ongoing medical monitoring remains essential throughout pregnancy.


During the second and early part of the third trimester, it is recommended to start acupuncture treatments, to help support the mother and baby during the pregnancy.  Then once patients are three to four weeks prior to the due date a treatment to prepare the pelvis and cervix can be commenced. This is followed by one treatment per week, and possibly two treatments per week closer to the due date until labour begins. 


Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement to labour if the baby is overdue and can be an effective alternative to a medical induction. 


Acupuncture offers drug-free alternatives for pain relief during labour, as well acupressure provides similar results with the advantage that support people can use it during labour. 


Treatment can be used to relieve a variety of conditions including:

  • Anemia

  • Anxiety

  • Constipation

  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome

  • Heartburn

  • Hemorrhoids and Vulval varices

  • Insomnia

  • Edema

  • Headaches

  • Sinus problems

  • Threatened miscarriage

  • Tiredness and exhaustion

  • Thrush


Acupuncture has techniques to promote recovery; these include “mother warming” treatments that can be given by a partner, advice on diet and the use of specific strengthening and blood building herbs. Other conditions that can be helped by acupuncture include; insufficient lactation, wound healing and scar tissue repair, postnatal depression and urinary incontinence.  

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