Any couple having difficulty getting pregnant, undergoing IVF or wanting their baby to be as healthy as possible should both be maximising their reproductive health. At Heidelberg Chinese Medicine we have had wonderful success in doing this, recognising that the diagnosed problem, if there is one, is only part of the picture and that reducing stress and increasing energy and general wellbeing are fundamental to a healthy pregnancy.
A healthy pregnancy and baby is the goal of our treatments. To achieve this we work to improve the quality of sperm and eggs being produced, this in turn improves the chance of conception, naturally or assisted. Often lifestyle or dietary factors are identified in the consultations which when fixed can have great benefits, for example: not drinking soft drinks may help reduce PCOS and not using a laptop actually on your lap may help improve sperm quality.
A recent systematic review by Qian et al* found that “Based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the CPR [clinical pregnancy rate] among women undergoing IVF.” Although earlier systematic reviews found that evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture used to support IVF or other assisted reproductive technology was “unclear”.
The pregnancy section covers some of the things we can do for you after conception however the most important work for a healthy pregnancy is done before you conceive. Your health and wellbeing at the start of your pregnancy will have a huge effect on not just the health of your baby but also your ability to cope with the demands of this very impressive feat.
We also understand how emotional and stressful issues with fertility can be, the monthly disappointment, wondering when, if ever, you’ll hold your child, seeing babies everywhere you look and often the pressure from friends, family and partners. This stress is often a major reason for difficulty conceiving in otherwise healthy people, for this reason almost every treatment you receive at Heidelberg Chinese Medicine will help you relax.