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Acupuncture for fertility and IVF support: What to expect during my treatment? l Dr. Feng Chao MD PhD

Updated: Feb 13


Embarking on the journey to parenthood can be challenging, especially for couples facing infertility. Amidst conventional medical treatments, some couples explore alternative therapies like acupuncture to enhance their chances of conceiving. In this article, we delve into how acupuncture can play a pivotal role in addressing infertility and what to anticipate during an acupuncture session.


How Acupuncture Aids in Infertility?


Acupuncture, rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, entails delicately inserting thin needles into specific body points. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this practice harmonizes the body's energy, rectifying disruptions that may lead to health issues.


In the realm of infertility, acupuncture proves beneficial by enhancing blood flow to reproductive organs, balancing hormone levels, and alleviating stress and anxiety. Stress is a recognized contributor to infertility, and acupuncture's ability to induce relaxation can mitigate its impact.


Moreover, research indicates that acupuncture positively influences in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates. For evidence-based facts on how acupuncture helps fertility, click here.


What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session?


Contemplating acupuncture as an infertility treatment may raise questions about the session experience. Your initial visit involves a thorough assessment of your medical history and current symptoms. At the My Acupuncture in London clinic, we also inquire about any other health issues, even those you may deem irrelevant. For instance, a seemingly unrelated issue like low thyroid function and iodine deficiency can be crucial to the fertility puzzle.


A woman lies comfortably on a treatment table as she receives acupuncture therapy for fertility, surrounded by a serene atmosphere.
Starting fertility journey with first acupuncture—a moment of hope.

Subsequently, the acupuncturist tailors a treatment plan to address your specific needs. For IVF patients, knowledge of the stage and investigation results helps in providing more focused treatment to complement the IVF procedure.


During the session, you'll recline on a comfortable table as the acupuncturist gently places thin needles in specific body points. Sensations may include mild tingling or pressure, but the process should not be painful.


The needles typically remain in place for 20-40 minutes, allowing you to relax. Some individuals even find themselves drifting into sleep during the treatment. Post-session, you may feel a sense of calm or heightened energy. Staying hydrated and avoiding strenuous exercise for a few hours is advisable.


How Many Treatments Are Necessary?


The number of required acupuncture treatments varies based on individual circumstances. While some may observe improvements after a few sessions, others may benefit from more extensive treatment spanning several months.

For those undergoing IVF, the acupuncturist may suggest a specific treatment schedule aligned with different stages of the IVF cycle.


Your Path to Parenthood with Dr. Chao


Acupuncture, with minimal side effects, is a safe and effective infertility treatment. Considering it as a complementary therapy is worthwhile for those facing conception challenges.

Choose Dr. Feng Chao for expert acupuncture in infertility. Our specialized care ensures your journey to parenthood is guided with precision and compassion.

Ready to explore acupuncture for infertility? Contact us for a decisive move towards realizing your dream of becoming parents.





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