Although many women use Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture during all stages of their cycle, from the period to ovulation and embryo transfer the evidence in support of Acupuncture is still unclear as the quality of these studies has been questioned. Regardless, many patients are using Chinese Medicine as an adjunct treatment with IVF to assist with stress and anxiety linked to fertility treatment.
We understand that trying to conceive can put a lot of pressure on your emotional health. A study has shown Acupuncture to be both cost effective and safe for depression. The study found acupuncture plus SSRIs superior to SSRIs alone, with an early onset of action and was safe and well-tolerated (1). Even when acceptable evidence shows acupuncture to be safe, it is important to make clear that although it is considered safe it occasionally may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.
When you arrive for a consultation you will be asked many questions about your menstrual cycle and lifestyle habits. The information received from these questions will form our Chinese Medicine diagnosis. For example we will ask you -
Ideally the menstrual cycle should be pain free – emotionally and physically, there should be no cramping and no need for pain killers. A painful period may indicate endometriosis, a condition where the endometrium is not shedding properly and this can impact on fertility - causing miscarriages and difficulty falling pregnant (2).
(1). Bosch P, van den Noort M, Staudte H, Lim S. Schizophrenia and Depression: A systematic Review of the Effectiveness and the Working Mechanisms Behind Acupuncture. Explore (NY). 2015 Jul-Aug;11(4):281-
2. Verkauf BS. Incidence, symptoms, and signs of endometriosis in fertile and infertile women. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association. 1987;74(9):671–675. Epub 1987/09/01.