• Is Using Acupuncture A Safe Way To Increase Fertility?

    11 May 2018

    Meta: Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that provides a safe and effective way of increasing fertility when going through the procedure of IVF.  

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    It is easy to see why anyone struggling with infertility might try hard to find a way to fight this devastating diagnosis. This is why many women turn to IVF and other treatments to try and see if they can get a second chance at having a baby.

    IVF treatment is a medical procedure that works to fertilise the egg with sperm using a test tube. IVF treatment can be very costly and so some families can only afford to do it once. Unfortunately, it is not always successful and so it is understandable that some parents try to do everything they can to make it work the first time. One popular way of increasing the chances of success of IVF treatment is to have some IVF acupuncture.

    Using Acupuncture with IVF

    The whole process uses very traditional Chinese medicine and involves fine needles being placed into certain lines in the skin. These energy lines can then increase the blood flow in your body to your reproductive organs. IVF acupuncture is a great way of reducing any stress that you are having about the whole procedure.

    Using the method of IVF acupuncture has worked well for a lot of couples and studies have shown that you can see an increased chance of pregnancy if you use this with IVF treatment. It is important to do your research if you plan on trying out this method as IVF acupuncture can sometimes work better if you start before you begin your cycle.

    Is it safe?

    The main worry that people have when deciding to go ahead with IVF acupuncture is surrounding the safety of the whole procedure. The great thing about this is that it’s a natural method and there are very little, if any, side effects of using acupuncture to increase fertility when you are on IVF treatment.

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  • Acupuncture and Infertility Guide

    11 May 2018
    Susie Murphy Acupuncture Birkenshaw Clinic

    Meta: Here, we are taking you through the basics of what exactly acupuncture is and how acupuncture for fertility can potentially help you.

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    Are you thinking of using acupuncture to help with fertility issues? We understand that this can be a subject that is difficult to wrap your head around, so let’s run you through the basics of what exactly it is and how acupuncture for fertility can help.


    What Exactly Is Acupuncture?


    Acupuncture when extremely thin, sterile needs are placed into specific acupuncture points on your body. They are placed on channels or meridians which act as pathways in both the inside and outside of the body and they can help to regulate boy function when needled.


    Acupuncture for Fertility


    So, how can acupuncture for fertility help? It works by addressing problems that can affect your fertility negatively including things such as under-functioning or over-functioning thyroid.


    Does Acupuncture Help Infertility?


    If you are suffering from infertility issues, acupuncture for fertility can help when combined with other healthy lifestyle changes. This method has been used for centuries to treat some infertility issue, however, it will not be able to solve all of them. For example, if you have tubal adhesions from endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease, then acupuncture will not help.

    However, while acupuncture won’t cure this problem it can still be used to help as it will potentially have an improved effect on your ovarian and follicular function. Acupuncture for fertility can also help to increase the blood flow to your endometrium and this will help to create a thick lining.


    When to Start Using Acupuncture for Fertility


    When it comes to acupuncture, similarly to physiotherapy, it is always better to do more than to do less. Patients normally have at least a few months treatment before they look at other options such as in vitro fertilisation.


    If you are looking to learn more and acupuncture or book in a session, contact Birkenshaw Midwifery Clinic today.

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  • Acupuncture – Can it Help Pregnancy?

    31 March 2018

    Nowadays, more and more people are now looking to the world of holistic medicine, which includes acupuncture.  For many, acupuncture treatments offer a side-effect-free way to tackle numerous health concerns.  Regardless of why you are considering acupuncture treatment, the benefits of it have been widely documented.

    One area that acupuncture treatment continues to grow in popularity is with fertility and pregnancy.  From fertility and conception issues right the way through to pregnancy itself, acupuncture can help you tackle all aspects of pregnancy.

    How Does Acupuncture Treatments Work?

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture treatments can do more than simply restore the energy in your body.  In some cases, acupuncture fertility treatments can help to boost fertility levels by increasing the blood flow to the ovaries and uterus.  This is thought to create a stronger and healthier uterine lining.  Also, acupuncture is thought to help reduce levels of inflammation.  This is important as inflammation can affect how an egg follicle develops.  Inflammation can also upset the delicate balance between oestrogen and progesterone.

    Acupuncture for fertility helps shift the body into a kind of repair mode where it is better able to heal itself.  Also, acupuncture can help to calm the nervous system. Plus, this alternative treatment comes with virtually no negative side effects, aside from the occasional bruise.

    Acupuncture to Help Fertility

    There is evidence that indicates that acupuncture treatments can also help to increase sperm motility.  Also, it can increase levels of testosterone.  Similarly, men will also benefit from the reduction in stress levels that acupuncture treatments offer.

    In many cases, acupuncture treatments can help to provide a natural solution for improving fertility and helping you to get pregnant without hormonal or chemical infertility treatments.

    Get in touch today if you have any questions concerning acupuncture to help fertility or if you would like to book your acupuncture fertility treatment.

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  • Does Acupuncture Help Fertility Levels?

    26 March 2018

    The overwhelming anguish and loss experienced by women struggling with infertility is often an unwelcome motivator, which drives them to seek out help from treatment options designed to overcome infertility.  From fertility drugs, home remedies, IVF and even surgery, the modern healthcare system now offers a number of options for couples struggling to conceive.

    However, not all can afford the financial costs associated with many infertility treatments.  Also, in the search for a more affordable treatment, holistic and alternative treatments are starting to gain a wider appeal.

    Does Acupuncture Help Fertility?

    Acupuncture is now one of the most popular alternative therapies to help boost fertility levels.  Here, we’ll explain how it works and what is involved.

    Acupuncture is based on a system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that aims to rebalance your energy flow, but how does acupuncture help fertility?  Acupuncture can help to boost female fertility levels by doing three key things:

    • Helps to regular your hormone functions
    • Increases the levels of blood flow to your uterus and ovaries
    • Helps your muscles to relax, which can improve the chances of an embryo implanting successfully
    • Can tackle some of the causes of PCOS
    • Generally helps to reduce stress and make you feel more relaxed

    Potential of Acupuncture to Increase Chance of Conception

    Acupuncture can help to increase fertility by reducing stress and increasing blood flow to your reproductive organs.  Modern acupuncture consists of inserting thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body.  This treatment can help balance and regulate the flow of qi in your body.  Also, you can disrupt your body’s energy flow with poor diet and health habits.

    When it comes to improving fertility levels, one of the key ways acupuncture treatments can help tackle fertility concerns is by reducing your stress levels. This is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women.

    If you would like more information on the range of fertility acupuncture treatments we offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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  • Can IVF Acupuncture Increase Your Chances of Conception?

    11 January 2018

    Acupuncture can help support and boost both female and male reproductive health.  IVF acupuncture has also been known to help a number of conditions such as dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, pelvic inflammation, polycystic ovary syndrome and pelvic inflammation.  This fertility acupuncture therapy has also been known to help relieve the stresses involved in trying to conceive.

    In recent years, acupuncture has been gaining acceptance as a complementary therapy to other fertility treatments.  Here, we’re going to be taking a look at the benefits of using IVF acupuncture.

    Why Use IVF Acupuncture?

    One of the main ways acupuncture can increase fertility is by reducing stress and increasing the blood flow to your reproductive organs.  Reducing stress is often a key factor in the fertility of both women and men.  When your body is under stress, you will release cortizol.  This hormone can change the chemical balance in your body, thus impacting and disrupting the reproductive cycle.  Among a number of other benefits, IVF acupuncture can help provide better blood flow to your uterus and ovaries.  This helps to create a stronger chance that you can conceive and carry an egg to term.

    Acupuncture infertility treatment can also help to stimulate the body’s energy, keeping your body’s energy unblocked.  This is thought to help increase a couple’s chances of conceiving. IVF Acupuncture can help to improve almost every obstacle to successfully conceiving.

    What are the Side Effects to Using IVF Acupuncture?

    One of the benefits to using IVF acupuncture is that they usually produce no side effects while performing the same function as many drugs.  Acupuncture can help to naturally stimulate the hypothalamus.  This will effectively balance out your reproductive cycle.  This natural, alternative treatment may just be worth a try.

    If you would like more information on the different fertility acupuncture treatments on offer at the Birkenshaw Midwifery Clinic, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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  • Using Acupuncture for PCOS

    11 January 2018

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is now one of the most common causes of infertility in women.  This endocrine disorder now occurs in up to 10% of women.  In some cases, PCOS can go undiagnosed for long periods of time as its symptoms can often relate to other conditions.

    With PCOS, the ovaries will create an abundance of follicles every month without producing an egg.  It is this disruption in ovulation that makes PCOS the most common cause of infertility amongst women.  In recent years, a handful of medical studies have found that acupuncture can help increase chances of conception.


    Acupuncture for PCOS Treatment

    Acupuncture can be an effective treatment to increase fertility by regulating ovulation and menstruation cycles.  Nowadays, acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative fertility therapies.  This ancient Chinese medicine system aims to rebalance the energy flow in your body and prime your body for fertility.

    Acupuncture can help boost female fertility by helping to regulate your hormonal functions.  Acupuncture for PCOS can also help to increase the blood flow to your ovaries and uterus.  Also, this will help to relax muscles, improving the chances of an embryo implanting successfully.  In addition, acupuncture for fertility can also help to relieve stress, immediately making you feel calmer and more relaxed.  Stress can often be a major contributing factor in the disruption of your body’s natural hormone levels.  Stress is known to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which can cause the ovarian arteries to constrict.  Acupuncture will help to inhibit this sympathetic nervous activity and improve blood flow to both the ovaries and the uterus at the same time.

    Whilst acupuncture for fertility problems is not available on the NHS, it is easy to schedule a consultation.  If you are having difficulty in conceiving and would like to learn more about the range of acupuncture for fertility treatments we offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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  • Does Acupuncture Help Fertility?

    30 November 2017

    Doing something that’s great for your overall health, such as acupuncture, can be a positive step towards achieving successful conception.  Acupuncture is a great complementary medicine and is all about helping you maintain a happy and healthy body as it is about trying to ‘fix’ any problems.  However, does acupuncture help fertility?

    One of the main benefits of acupuncture when you are preparing for pregnancy is that it will naturally help get your body in great condition!

    What Are the Main Benefits of Acupuncture?

    • If your hormonal system is working better, this can help your menstrual cycle run more regularly. Having an irregular menstrual cycle can sometimes slow your attempts to conceive.
    • Acupuncture can also help to balance your hormone levels. This will help to maximise fertility as your find will find it easier to release that all-important egg!
    • Acupuncture can also help enhance your body’s circulation. This is great news for your uterus and will generally help improve your overall health as well.
    • You should not underestimate the feel-good factor of being in better health. Stress and feeling tired and run-down can have a negative impact on your fertility and ovulation.
    • Conditions that have an impact on your fertility such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other conditions like endometriosis can have a serious impact on your chances of conceiving. Acupuncture has been known to help alleviate the main symptoms of these conditions.

    What to Expect During Acupuncture Fertility Treatment

    When you arrive for your first acupuncture treatment, you will have to answer a number of in-depth questions about your general health, lifestyle and emotional state.  You will likely need to talk about your menstrual cycles.  Based on the information you provide your acupuncturist will establish a ‘pattern’.  This will help the acupuncturist determine where the imbalance in your body exists.  From there, the acupuncturist will determine which puncture sites to use.

    If you think fertility acupuncture could help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book an appointment!

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  • Acupuncture for Fertility: Can Acupuncture Aid Fertility Treatment?

    27 November 2017

    Acupuncture is often a good option to consider if you are currently planning for a family – whether you are using fertility treatments or are considering a more natural approach to conceiving.  If you’re unfamiliar with acupuncture, it works by helping to balance the hormonal cycle.  This involved improving sperm count relieving stress and tension and increasing blood flow to the uterus.  This helps to get both partners into optimum health prior to conception.

    How Acupuncture Can Aid Fertility

    If you are currently struggling with infertility, using acupuncture for fertility concerns has been known to help with many gynaecological conditions.   Acupuncture can help reduce the impact of conditions that cause infertility such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory diseases and issues with ovulation.  Acupuncture for fertility can also help with male infertility by increasing the quality and mobility of the sperm.

    New research into IVF and acupuncture has shown a link between using acupuncture for fertility and the chance of conceiving.  Perhaps more importantly, more babies have been born to couples who have used acupuncture to aid fertility.  Integrating acupuncture into your IVF programme can help improve your reproductive outcomes.

    When using acupuncture to help increase fertility there is no specific treatment plan.  As with any type of acupuncture treatment, no two people will be treated in the same way. Also, the number of treatments can depend entirely on the individual.  If you are undergoing IVF treatment, you should consider acupuncture before your treatment begins.  You should ideally consider starting acupuncture for fertility treatment 12 weeks before commencing your IVF treatment.  If infertility issues stem from any of the gynaecological issues mentioned above, then the acupuncture treatment should ideally cover three menstrual cycles.

    Where appropriate, acupuncture can be a great option for both partners.  Acupuncture is great for helping to reduce any stresses on your body as you undergo fertility treatment.

    If you would like to book your own acupuncture for fertility treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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  • Does Acupuncture for Fertility Actually Work?

    15 October 2017

    When it comes to fertility concerns, there are a number of different avenues you can
    explore.  Cure is a particularly strong word when talking about acupuncture for fertility,
    however, the evidence that acupuncture can help increase your chances of getting pregnant
    is more than just word of mouth.

    Acupuncture for Fertility

    In recent years, a number of medical studies have found that women who receive
    acupuncture treatment – whether to treat certain conditions that can affect fertility like
    polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or to help increase the success of IVF treatment have a
    higher rate of pregnancy and healthy births.  Acupuncture can help to lower your stress
    levels.  This is extremely important as stress hormones can have an effect on certain fertility
    hormones like progesterone.

    How Does Acupuncture for Fertility Work?

    So how does acupuncture for fertility actually work?  Acupuncture is part of traditional
    Chinese medicine.  This practice involves placing the needles at certain spots on the body.
    The needles will stimulate the body’s channels of energy.  Depending on where acupuncture
    needles are placed, a person can begin to feel sleepy, calmer or energized.  People can also
    experience a drop or rise in certain hormones.  Acupuncture can also help increase blood
    flow to areas of the body, like the pelvis.  There are virtually no negative effects to using
    acupuncture, other than occasional bruising.

    Acupuncture has been known to help people with fertility concerns.  Acupuncture for fertility
    can begin at any time.  Using acupuncture to ‘prep’ your body before you undergo fertility
    treatments can help you to deal with side effects like fatigue, moodiness and nausea.

    Here at the Birkenshaw Midwifery Clinic, we are strong believers in the power of medical
    acupuncture.  As well as helping ready your body for fertility treatments, acupuncture can
    also be effective in relieving the daily aches and pains during pregnancy.

    If you think acupuncture for fertility could work for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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  • Acupuncture and Fertility: Acupuncture Proves Fertile Ground for Healthy Conceptions

    5 October 2017

    In recent years, many research studies have found that acupuncture treatment can help aid
    the conception process for those trying for a baby.  With fertility problems becoming an
    increasing concern, fertility focused acupuncture and fertility treatment could help you to
    conceive a healthy baby.

    Fertility Focused Acupuncture

    If you’re unfamiliar with acupuncture, it is a type of Chinese medicine and is based on the
    theory that there is a natural flow of energy throughout your body.  Acupuncturists try and
    rebalance this flow of energy in your body using small needles.  It is thought that fertility
    focused acupuncture treatments can help to balance your hormone levels and increase the
    blood flow to your reproductive organs.  It can also help improve the quality of eggs released
    and also help to regulate your menstrual cycle.  In addition to this, acupuncture can also help
    to improve conditions including endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

    As well as helping to improve women’s chances of a healthy conception, acupuncture can
    also benefit male fertility.  Positive effects of acupuncture on men’s fertility include mobility,
    morphology and sperm count.

    Also, stress can have a major impact on your fertility hormones.  This is why some
    specialists recommend both acupuncture and fertility treatments.  Acupuncture can be a
    great option if you are looking to strengthen your body.  Acupuncture fertility treatments can
    help to promote a calm, relaxed mindset.  This can help bring a more successful outcome
    with your fertility treatment.

    When Should Fertility Acupuncture Treatment Begin?

    Acupuncture works similarly to physical therapy in that it is always better to do more than
    less.  Before you undergo any fertility treatments, (including IVF) it could be a good idea to
    prep your body with fertility acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture can help regulate your
    fertility hormones and increase blood flow to your ovaries.

    If you’re currently looking into fertility acupuncture treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us

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