Lin Du Acupuncture Stockport & South Manchester

Specialist in Fertility and Pregnancy

How can acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine influence infertility?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine affect the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis, thus balancing hormones. Meanwhile, treatments help improve ovarian function, promote ovulation, increases blood flow to the uterus, thicken the endometrial lining, which also gives a better chance of embryo implantation.

For male, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have shown that they can affect hormone levels and testicular blood flow. Chinese herbal medicine, in particular, offers a significant improvement in sperm count, motility, morphology and liquefaction, it can also treat varicocele and anti-sperm antibody.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can treat infertility due to:

For female:
  • Natural conception
  • Support for IVF, ICSI or IUI
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Irregular periods
  • Amenorrhea / Absent periods
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • High FSH
  • Low AMH
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Luteal phase defect
  • High prolactin / Hyperprolactinemia
  • Annovulation
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Ovarian dysfunction
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Fallopian tube blockage

For male:
  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm motility
  • Poor sperm morphology
  • Liquefaction problem
  • Low testosterone
  • Varicocele
  • Anti-sperm antibodies

When should the treatment start?

It takes at least 3 months for immature eggs to mature enough to be released at ovulation, and it takes the same amount of time for sperm to be developed mature. Therefore, at least 3 months should be given to prepare for conception.

Acupuncture for Pregnancy Care

The First Trimester: (0-12 weeks)

Weekly pregnancy acupuncture is highly recommended at this stage. During the first trimester, there is a risk of miscarriage and an even higher risk with IVF pregnancies or cases where there has been recurrent miscarriage. Acupuncture is also a great solution to morning sickness which may occur at this stage.

The Second Trimester: (13-28 weeks)

During this stage we only offer acupuncture on pregnancy-related symptoms. It is our best wishes that we don’t see you during this time. Still, bear in mind, acupuncture can be your choice in many cases.

The Third Trimester: (29-40 weeks)

There are two parts of protocol during this stage.

First, we continue the theme from the second trimester. Acupuncture is on demand for pregnancy-related symptoms. What’s worth mentioning here is the amazing effect of acupuncture on turning breech babies.

The second part, which is also a very important part, is pre-birth acupuncture. We highly recommend weekly acupuncture from week 36 onwards in the final 4 weeks of pregnancy.

Lin practises in Offerton Stockport, serving Bramhall, Marple, Hazel Grove, Romiley, Cheadle, Cheadle hulme, Gatley, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Norris, Poynton, Macclesfield, Didsbury and south Manchester.

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