Jamie Gisby

Fertility

Acupuncture for fertility and IVF.

Acupuncture for Fertility.

With so many couples coping with the sadness and stress of failing to conceive it is no wonder that so many are turning to therapy; whether that is conventional or alternative. Many couples are turning to acupuncture for help with their fertility problems and with the stress associated with this. I have had personal experience of this and know how difficult it can be. I’ve undertaken extra training in fertility acupuncture and am happy to provide a free consultation to discuss whether acupuncture may be of benefit to you.

I’ve created a page on diagnosing fertility from a Chinese acupuncture perspective. I’m hoping this will give you a better understanding of how we view infertility within Chinese medicine. This is followed with a page on what aspects of the body’s energies we are treating with acupuncture, when we are working on fertility issues.

Supporting IVF cycles.

As well as seeking acupuncture for helping with conception, many women come for help in supporting IVF cycles. This is a specialist area so if you are seeking a practitioner then do check that they have extra specialist training in supporting IVF.

Click here for my fact sheet on optimizing women’s fertility

Can Acupuncture help Fertility?

The research is in its early stages; follow the links below to see what we know so far:

Click here for the British Acupuncture Council’s paper on treating endometriosis.

Click here for the British Acupuncture Council’s paper on treating female infertility.

Click here for the British Acupuncture Council’s paper on treating male infertility.

Click here for the British Acupuncture Council’s fact sheet on PCOS.

How stress hits fertility, and how acupuncture can help.

Celebrity endorsements for acupuncture fertility treatment.

Useful contacts, resources and information

Gloucestershire Infertility Network – this is a local group who can be contacted at glosinfertility@yahoo.co.uk.

For a local infertility specialist you can be referred to the Cotswold Fertility Unit.

Fertility UK – the National Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning Service

www.fertilityuk.org

British Fertility Society

www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk

HFEA – the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

www.hfea.gov.uk

British Infertility Counselling Association

www.bica.net

Infertility Network

www.infertilitynetworkuk.com

Donor Conception Network

www.dcnetwork.org

NIAC – National Infertility Awareness Campaign

www.repromed.co.uk/niac/info

For information and support about endometriosis go to:

http://www.endometriosis-uk.org/

Verity is the UK charity for women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS):

http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk/home

Infertility books and resources:

The Chinese have done a lot of research into assessing a woman’s fertility through basal body temperature charting.  I encourage my female patients to do this because it gives me a lot of detail on how and where there may be a problem with their cycle and fetility.  Also, it lets us track improvements to the cycle and fertility over time.  It can be great to get visual feedback that the acupuncture is working!  Thirdly, BBT charts help you understand your own fertility and this can be immensly empowering and guides you as to the best time to try for conception (especially in conjunction with checking for fertile cervical mucus).  There is a great book, Taking charge of your Fertility, which tells you how to succesfully make and interpret BBT charts:

The Infertility Cure (below) explains how we interpret these BBT charts from a Chinese medical perspective.  Randine Lewis is a medical doctor and acupuncturist who had her own journey through the fertility rollercoaster.  She explains how acupuncture and Chinese medicine and dietetics can help you on your own journey:

‘The Baby Making Bible’, by Emma Cannon.

Written by one of the country’s leading complementary fertility specialists, The Baby Making Bible draws togethar Emma Cannon’s years of exprience and success in treating couples seeking to get pregnant.  Whether you are trying for a natural conception, or undergoing treatment for assisted conception, her 360-degree approach tackles every aspect of your life and offers a practical plan you can follow to create a fertile environment and encourage healthy baby-making.

Acupuncture for fertility and IVF