Acupuncture for IVF in Cumbria

A photograph of a mother clutching her child; both smiling.

I’ve just come home after watching a fireworks display. It was a perfect night for it; clear skies, dry Autumn leaves underfoot and freshly bare branches of neighbouring trees back-lit by a huge bonfire.

I love fireworks and tonight they felt a real celebration for all the couples I’ve been lucky enough to have been helping, who haverecently had babies. Some have had long IVF run-ups to pregnancy, some just difficulty with natural conception. Some have had multiple miscarriages, some have had problems with sperm numbers, motility or morphology. Every type of difficulty that you could imagine with having a baby, in fact, crops up at some point in my clinic. You can imagine how wonderful it is for me to meet a baby at last, knowing how longed for that baby has been!

I mostly treat couples who are based in the South Lakes, Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, Kendal, Ambleside and Coniston; but people also travel from Whitehaven, Lancaster and further afield.

Particularly with IVF, I imagine that people are used to having to travel some distance for treatment. Our local IVF centres are Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow; so always a long drive or train journey away.

I’m happy to say that fertility support with acupuncture is well acknowledged these days in main stream medicine. I frequently see clients who have been recommended to use acupuncture to support their IVF treatment either by their GP, hospital or IVF centre.

Acupuncture has been shown to help in a whole range of ways; there are acupuncture points to reduce stress, to help implantation, to improve sperm count and quality, to improve the blood supply to the uterus, to thicken the womb lining, to prevent immune rejection, to reduce miscarriage, to stimulate ovulation; the list is endless!

I also work closely with Zita West’s clinic in London, using the advice from the clinics IVF team and nutritionalists to help advise my own clients. I’ve found this information base invaluable at times and can use to real, affordable advantage for my own clients, so thank you Zita!

And thank you to my recent cohort of mothers, fathers and babies! It’s been wonderful working with you!

The year of the Dragon.

More coming on the conditions that acupuncture is used for. In the meantime here’s a link to what the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends. It is based on a review and analysis of reports of controlled clinical trials and ranges from migraines to shoulder, neck and back pain and includes a lot of things that might to be unexpected, like induction of labour, depression, and insomnia.

It has recently changed to the year of the dragon and what I really felt like talking about at the start of this baby-focussed year, was fertility; specifically how acupuncture is currently used to help with fertility issues. The dragon is considered the luckiest sign of all in China. The last two dragon years have both meant a ten percent increase in births in Asia because of this link with increased fortune!

Chinese medicine has a long history of helping with all types of fertility issues, from recurrent miscarriage to IVF support and even increasing sperm motility and mobility! I have worked alongside Zita West’s fertility clinic in London for the last 2 years. This gives my clients access to a whole wealth of her experience and expertise. There are so many different ways in which it is possible to optimise both female and male fertility and to help give IVF treatment the maximum chance of success.

Dietary advice is key, looking at a couples dietary and life style habits and making sure that they are getting it right. I can draw on advice here from Zita West’s London based top nutritionists and clinicians.

For women embarking on IVF a whole host of benefits can be derived from acupuncture treatment.
There are acupuncture points and combinations to help de-stress, to enhance blood flow to the endometrial lining, to promote ovulation, to regulate the menstrual cycle, to extend the post luteal phase… the list is endless. I’ll attach a few published articles and research papers.

At the moment 1 in 7 women are seeking help to have a baby.
Chinese medicine has a long history of being part of helping things along.