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Infertility & IVF
There has been much comment in the press in recent years about the benefit of acupuncture for fertility concerns. It is believed that acupuncture may help you to relax, during a time that can be stressful and anxious. Many women say that they enjoy the quiet space of the acupuncture room and feel the session offers an opportunity to connect with themselves. In the session you will receive acupuncture but it is also a place to talk and take stock and to visualise what is going on within your body.
The results of some research studies into acupuncture are very promising and we remain strong supporters of its use as part of a coordinated approach, though there is often very little hard evidence to prove its effectiveness in terms of accepted Western medical standards. There are some research studies that suggest acupuncture may help in various areas relating to pregnancy, but none can be considered proven in those terms.
I have found that acupuncture can be helpful at all stages of pregnancy. I recommend that most mothers-to-be consider having it every four to six weeks or so as part of a maintenance programme for promoting well-being during pregnancy. Research suggests that it may help to improve the blood flow to the uterus and help to boost your energy levels too. Acupuncture is also good for relieving stress (stress isn't good good for you or your baby), and to relieve some of the more common ailments of pregnancy like nausea, fatigue or backache.
There's plenty it can do in the last few weeks of pregnancy too in helping to prepare you for the birth. For example, it can help to induce labour, or to turn breech babies, as well as to help with pain relief during the birth itself. I encourage women to come on a weekly basis from 36 weeks onwards.
Acupuncture, along with massage can be accessed on a one-off, ad hoc basis, as well as part of a more co-ordinated programme of support.