Acupuncture Dena Smith , BSc, Lic Ac, MBAcC
Clinics in Bracknell, Bagshot & Chertsey

Fertility / IVF. fertility-fw

Fertility and IVF

NHS studies show that around 1 in 7 UK couples have difficulty with conception.

For prospective parents struggling to conceive, the journey towards having a baby can feel daunting and uncertain. Whether part of an assisted fertility treatment programme or to encourage natural fertility, Acupuncture can enhance each stage of the process.

Natural fertility

With over 11 years experience treating gynaecological problems and women’s fertility, and recognising that having a baby affects every part of you, my approach is holistic. Together, we discuss your medical history, diet and potential emotional/stress factors impacting successful conception. We develop the right Acupuncture treatment programme to help;

  • balance hormones and menstrual cycles
  • improve egg quality
  • promote ovulation
  • increase sperm count and motility
  • treat Endometriosis
  • treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POS)
  • improve the blood flow to the uterus
  • thicken the lining of your uterine wall
  • support embryo implantation
  • boost your immune system
  • reduce stress and anxiety and improve your sleep

Assisted Fertility – IVF

We appreciate that undergoing assisted fertility treatment can be highly demanding on both your body and mind. Many of the women we’ve treated have said that Acupuncture has provided them with a safe and natural way to reduce the side effects of the medication, improved their sleep and produced a sense of calmness throughout their experience.

Our methods focus on gentle, personalised and protocol aligned Acupuncture techniques to optimise each stage of your IVF treatment. It’s most effective to begin your sessions in the months leading up to the embryo transfer day; naturally stimulating blood flow to the reproductive organs and preparing your body for implantation. Whichever point of the Assisted Fertility process you are at; do get in touch to discuss how carefully directed Acupuncture sessions can help increase your chances of conceiving.

Studies have shown an increase in successful embryo transfer to 42.5% in women who used Acupuncture before and after, compared with 23.6% in women who didn’t. (BMJ 2008; 336:545).

For more information and research on the use of Acupuncture for Fertility visit the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) .


The advantages of Acupuncture are particularly noticeable during the initial weeks of pregnancy, as the new embryo settles in. Some of the benefits of using focused Acupuncture during pregnancy include;

  • lessening the likelihood of miscarriage
  • turning a breeched presentation
  • reducing vomiting and nausea
  • improving your digestion
  • inducing labour

Preparation for Birth
Acupuncture can help prepare you and your baby for a positive labour experience. From 36 weeks, leading up to your due date, soothing Acupuncture techniques, can help ripen your cervix, soften your pelvic muscles and guide baby into the birthing position.
Women who have used Acupuncture during pregnancy have reported shorter labours, reduced induction/caesarean intervention rates and less need for pain relief medication.

Post pregnancy
The first 6 weeks following baby’s arrival can feel like a whirlwind of tiredness, hormone ups and downs, physical healing and adjustment. Sleep and nourishment play an important role in aiding recovery and building strength. Acupuncture supports this by improving your circulation, stabilising your hormones (safeguarding against postnatal depression), boosting your immunity, preventing mastitis, encouraging your milk supply.

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