Acupuncture for IVF Support and Pain Management in Pregnancy
Sophie G* came to The Forge Clinic in Richmond to try acupuncture in 2014 following three unsuccessful rounds of IVF.
Acupuncture is commonly used to help lessen the risk of IVF failure and increase the chances of getting pregnant.
Sophie had been recommended acupuncture to improve the thickness of her endometrial lining, which was thought to be a significant reason for the unsuccessful IVF.
The endometrium is the layer of the uterus that thickens in preparation for the implantation of the fertilised embryo. When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, preparation of the uterine lining is crucial. If it is not thick enough the embryo will not implant itself after transfer.
It is believed that acupuncture can help increase blood flow to the uterus, which will in turn promote the growth, thickness and quality of the endometrial lining, improving the chance of having a baby with IVF.
Sophie chose The Forge Clinic, Richmond after being recommended acupuncture and one of our Acupuncture therapists, Maureen McCann, specializes in IVF support. Sophie was new to acupuncture and wondered what the needles would feel like. “I was pleasantly surprised,” she said, adding: “It was helped by Maureen explaining the treatment to me… honestly and with great accuracy.”
Sophie was impressed with Maureen’s knowledge of fertility treatment and the specific issues she was experiencing. Maureen’s kind and sympathetic support and practical, straight-talking advice was just what Sophie needed and appreciated during the challenging time she faced.
Maureen provided a personalised treatment plan to help prepare Sophie’s body for a successful implantation, and it worked. The result was not one, but two successful pregnancies!
Sophie is convinced that after three failed IVF attempts, having acupuncture helped her to become pregnant both times through IVF.
Easing pain in pregnancy
It is not uncommon for women to experience back and pelvic pain during pregnancy, relating to increased weight and postural and hormonal changes. Pain is typically experienced in the lower back, pelvis and pubic area – commonly caused Pelvic Girdle Pain or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).
Sophie had suffered with lower back pain for over twenty years, and being pregnant made the condition worse. She also suffered with SPD during both pregnancies.
So Sophie continued with regular acupuncture treatments throughout her pregnancy as a method of natural pain management.
“Prior to acupuncture I tried various changes to my lifestyle, diet, other alternative treatments and remedies, however it was acupuncture I believe that made the difference.”
Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time if, like many women, you want to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments. It is essential that you choose an acupuncturist who is trained and a member of a professional body such as the British Acupuncture Council.
For more information and case studies on Acupuncture and Fertility treatment click here.
*Name changed to protect patient confidentiality
Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please see your GP first.