Floraine Eastelow Lic Ac.BA(Hons) MBAcC
Acupuncture Clinic in Coventry
Tel: 079 1768 3400
Acupuncture for fertility and assisted conception
Over the recent years, more and more women have been turning towards acupuncture to help their pregnancies and labour, to help increase their fertility, or to increase their chances of a successful outcome in assisted conception procedures. This has been a big growth area of my practice experience and I have undertaken advanced training with Zita West, who is a leading practitioner in this field.
I hold a postgraduate certificate in obstetric acupuncture, issued in conjunction with the Royal College of Midwives. Also a postgraduate certificate in fertility acupuncture issued in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians.
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I am experienced in treating women undergoing IVF and IUI cycles and also those women who are undergoing egg donation. There has been recent and well publicised research which suggests that women who have acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer have a 60 % greater chance of success. Additionally research suggests that acupuncture greatly reduces the chances of miscarriage in the first trimester for IVF patients. I am more than happy to treat women during their IVF cycle and pregnancy.
I do however, encourage women to begin their acupuncture as early as possible in their journey, so that treatment can take root before the IVF cycle begins. The goal here is not just to try to support the work of the embryologist -
In our first few treatments I will be rectifying underlying imbalances, and helping with stress, including all those emotional knots around not having a baby. Stress can undoubtedly affect your ability to conceive.
The emphasis at this stage of your treatment is preparing you for pregnancy -
It is of course fantastic when my patients announce they have a positive result, but even then I often see anxiety can remain around the pregnancy until the three month scan. Acupuncture is very good, at this time, and of course helps morning sickness.
You will know from your own experience or research that the IVF/IUI journey can take many twists and turns. Disappointments are very often part and parcel of the IVF journey. Acupuncture isn't there just for the journey ahead, but also for the pitfalls along the way. Your treatments will help you to pick yourself up ready to start all over again. However, sometimes women feel enough is enough, there is more to life. At these times acupuncture helps them to bridge this transition.