Acupuncture for Fertility Issues

Acupuncture for fertility issues is one of the most rewarding applications of acupuncture in my opinion!

Acupuncture is one of the techniques of the Chinese Medicine health system, that is used to re-establish the balanced flow of the Vital Energy (Qi or Chi) that runs throughout the energy channels (meridians) of our body. Unbalances in the circulation of this energy can disrupt its flow and cause illness or weaknesses in our body.

When analysing female fertility, an acupuncturist approaches the female menstrual cycle as an energy cycle with a balance between Yin and Yang and with four different phases, one starting at the first day of period, phase two around seven days post-menstrual, phase three mid-cycle and phase four around seven days pre-menstrual. The acupuncturist approaches each phase accordingly.

Acupuncture for fertility issues and any other health issue is based on the concept of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements (or Five Movements) that constitute all there is.

Yin and Yang are the two polarities of everything in the universe, male x female, hot x cold, light x dark, day x night, etc. Everything in the universe ebbs and flows, and the flow of energy is also cyclical, that is how we have to approach the flow and balance of Yin and Yang and of the five elements. All should be in a dynamic equilibrium.

The knowledge of the natural cycles of life and its energy changes allows the acupuncturist to interfere and help the recovery of the balance of our vital energy and of our constitutional elements, recovering health and well-being for body, mind and soul.

Female infertility is frequently the major factor for a couple failing to conceive, but male infertility can also be the major factor in a number of cases. Acupuncture can also help to improve male fertility.

The treatment with acupuncture for infertility can take a few months to show results, depending on the circumstances.

Approximately after 3 months of weekly sessions it is possible to have influenced female hormonal cycle and help the body to achieve the balance that is necessary for conception.

Male infertility may take similar time but it all depends on healthy habits as well, in both cases.

We need a first consultation to raise all the issues that the individual or couple may have and at the end of the consultation we apply the first acupuncture session and we also establish a plan for treatment. Every session is accompanied by some relaxation and breathing exercises.

It would be ideal for couples that are having problems to conceive without clinical reasons, to try acupuncture for 3 months before planning to undergo IVF, but if they have already decided to use IVF, it is better to have as many acupuncture sessions as possible before starting, or still have acupuncture even if the IVF treatment has started.

Please feel free to contact me to ask for more information and to book a first consultation to discuss/start a possible treatment plan.

Marilia Blackburn (MAA, RBAF)