When clients first enquire about having acupuncture to support them during their fertility journey, I spend quite a bit of time talking to them about how acupuncture can support natural fertility at the preconception stage, and how it can also be used effectively during procedures such as IVF and ICSI. I also talk about some of the things we know about acupuncture – how it helps to reduce stress and anxiety, increases a sense of wellbeing, increases blood flow to the pelvic region, regulates hormones…. but there is also something else which acupuncture brings and this article from IVF Babble and the quote below in particular, captures this well.
It was only as I got into my fourth and final year of treatment that a friend suggested acupuncture. Well, honestly, that’s when everything changed for me. My acupuncture sessions were my life line. I felt as though I was doing something positive for my body. When the needles went in I could literally feel the blood moving around my body. I would talk to my acupuncturist about my fears, my hopes – everything. She would just listen and created the most perfect, calming space for me. I suddenly felt a sense of self control, like I was helping myself.
In my role as an acupuncturist this account is hugely familiar. I see it as my job to bring the best acupuncture support that I can to each client, but over and above that, I also encourage patients to talk about their concerns and fears, reflect on their own needs and bring some gentleness and kindness to themselves, during what can be a hugely challenging process.
Charlotte Green provides fertility and IVF acupuncture to support clients wanting to optimise their natural fertility and also for those undergoing interventions such as IVF, ICSI and IUI. Clients travel from throughout Lancashire including Preston, Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Blackpool, Lytham, Chorley, Leyland, Lancaster, Accrington, Wigan, Bolton and Bury.