Acupuncture and Fertility: All You Need to Know

Updated: Jul 4, 2018



Acupuncture and Fertility

If you are trying for a baby you will be keen to maximize your chances of conceiving and you may have read that acupuncture can help.

Before booking an appointment you may like to know more about how it works so here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about how acupuncture helps with fertility and can help you conceive.

I have written a similar article on ‘Acupuncture and IVF’ so if you’re going down the IVF route you may wish to find out more here.




How does Acupuncture improve Fertility?


Acupuncture makes you look and feel better.

Fertility-focused acupuncture treatment can help to:

-       Regulate menstrual cycle and balance hormones -       Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs -       Promote ovulation -       Thicken uterus lining for successful implantation -       Improve the quality of eggs released -       Reduce the chance of miscarriage -       Reduce stress, known to interfere with fertility hormones -       Enhance the vitality of sperm


Chances of Success?

There is a large, respected body of research which shows that acupuncture improves fertility - click here.

In addition I see the success first hand on a very regular basis in my clinic and the growing number of babies coming to visit who were conceived with the help of acupuncture is testament to this.


Where are the needles placed?

Most commonly in the forearms, lower legs, abdomen and ears.  The ultra fine, painless needles are retained for around 15 minutes before being removed.  Patients find it a relaxing treatment and feel immensely calm afterwards.

How many treatments will I need?

The answer really depends on your age, health and any underlying emotional strain.  As a rule I always start patients off with a course of 6 weekly treatments.  This is usually enough to 'reset' the body.  After this we will re-assess and devise an ongoing treatment plan.

Can Acupuncture help with Male Infertility?

It takes two! Men today also face fertility problems. Benefits to male fertility have been helped by acupuncture with positive effects on sperm count, morphology and mobility.  Men can be assured that there are no needles anywhere around the groin area.


Can I have Acupuncture once I get pregnant?


Yes you certainly can.  Treatment  is  very restorative physically and emotionally.  It helps alleviate symptoms such as morning sickness, back ache, heartburn and insomnia.


To read my article on ‘Acupuncture and Pregnancy’ click here.


Conditions such as polycystic ovaries (PCOS)missing periods and endometriosis have also been shown to improve with acupuncture. 

 For more information on acupuncture for PCOS click here.


If you have any further questions please call on 07794 621027 or email kate@katewinstanley.com.