When should I start acupuncture for fertility?

Acupuncture can be started at any point along your journey and some basic recommendations are:

If you are pregnant: We recommend acupuncture weekly through the first trimester to support blood flow to the uterus, reduce stress, and support progesterone levels before the placenta is fully developed.

If you are trying to conceive: Generally, it is recommended to begin acupuncture 3 months prior to conception for couples trying to conceive. This allows the treatments to affect overall cycle health, hormone balance, and egg quality as it takes 90 days for an egg to prepare for ovulation. However, the effects of acupuncture are beneficial at any stage of your journey, and accumulate over time. We see many women while they are actively trying to conceive naturally or with fertility treatment. We offer acupuncture treatments for IVF, IUI, medicated cycles and couples trying naturally.

Pre-Conception: Optional treatments in the 3 months preceding the cycle to manage stress, regulate hormones, and help your body prepare for the cycle.

Ovarian Stimulation: 2-4 treatments given along side your ovarian stimulation medications to help increase the quality and quantity of your eggs and reduce side effects.

Transfer: A treatment given immediately before and/or after your embryo transfer to increase blood flow to the uterine lining, reduce uterine contractions, and manage stress.

Post-Transfer: One treatment 3-7 days post embryo transfer to support implantation and reduce stress.

Throughout your treatment you can expect to feel more relaxed, get better sleep, and see a reduced number of medication side effects like bloating, mood swings, and cramping. Many of our patients report that the cycles they’ve done without acupuncture are harder than those done with acupuncture. And, hopefully, at the end of it all you will get those long-awaited two pink lines!

Our acupuncturist Angela is comfortable working alongside your fertility doctor and has even seen patients from doctors interstate. We work closely with your cycle and will check in frequently to make sure the timing of your treatments is the most beneficial for your cycle. Here at Brisbane Natural Health we truly love our work and want nothing more than for you to have the family of your dreams.