IVF Fertility and Pregnancy

From the beginning of a woman’s reproductive life her body undergoes many changes up until menopause. In Traditional Chinese Medicine women are considered from pre-menarche to peri-menopausal stages of life and can effectively address any imbalances that may result throughout this stage of a woman’s life.

The reason behind some women suffering ill-health can be attributed to genetic and non-genetic factors. Genetically, a woman may be predisposed to illness such as dysmenorrhoea (period pain) due to having more prostaglandins released that make the body more sensitive to pain during the menses. Using the same example of dysmenorrhoea the Non-Genetic Factors that could influence their condition include diet, emotional distress and other lifestyle factors.

Due to the numerous women’s health issues that exist it is impossible to discuss each of them. However, the general aim that is used at Salubre Health is to regulate the imbalance by nourishing deficiencies and promoting qi and blood circulation, which often is disrupted through the various factors mentioned above. For information on specific illnesses contact us on 03 9888 4129 and we will assist you where possible.


Fertility concerns amongst couples seems to be more prevalent now than ever and with so much information out there it can be overwhelming and confusing. With one in six couples being considered infertile, many are turning to alternative therapies for assistance. One therapy that has shown to have great results is Traditional Chinese Medicine. This modality incorporates acupuncture and herbal medicine to improve one’s general health and well being.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility:

  1. Cost Effective.
  2. Treatment is non invasive, with Acupuncture being very gentle and relaxing.
  3. No stressful demanding schedules, book in at a time that suit you.
  4. Acupuncture for fertility can be done in conjunction with IVF protocols.
  5. Acupuncture can be combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine.
  6. Acupuncture can assist in improving overall health in men.

How Acupuncture for Fertility works:

Fertility benefits are based on individual circumstances. For more information on how acupuncture could assist you, give the clinic a call and speak to Dr Irene (Practitioner of Chinese Medicine) on 03 9888 4129.

In the meantime check out our blog post on Nutrition and Fertility:

Read which foods encourage a healthier Fertile body for both men and women. 

Acupuncture for IVF

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult with your treating practitioner(s) about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

This 10 year old research has shown that acupuncture can assist in pregnancy rates though combining acupuncture and IVF (BMJ 336: 545 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE (Published 7 February 2008).  The Acupuncture for IVF focuses mainly on: assisting with egg quality, improving the thickness of the uterine lining and assist with embryo implantation and subsequently with any pregnancy concerns.

It must be noted that each individual would respond differently to IVF Acupuncture and always discuss its use with your IVF specialist before making an appointment.


Once pregnant the female body undergoes many changes. Some women may experience some unpleasant symptoms based on hormonal changes that vary within each trimester. This is where utilising the services of an acupuncture clinic in Melbourne may assist in relieving the intensity of these symptoms and other circumstances that may eventuate that can cause the mother distress such as: morning sickness, heartburn, acute/chronic back ache and sciatica, inducing labour and labour pain (1).

Morning Sickness

Very gentle acupuncture is used with a few points chosen assisting in calming the stomach and relieve nausea.


The increased secretion of hormones causes a decrease in the tone of the muscles in the digestive tract, therefore the muscle that prevents reflux is weaker and so regurgitation is experience.

Acupuncture gently strengthens the digestive tract muscles to reduce and prevent the frequency of heartburn.

Acute/chronic back ache (1) and sciatica

Changes in posture to compensate for the altered shape, tiredness, instability of joints due to the hormones relaxing the ligaments and the weight of a pregnant uterus all can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back.

Acupuncture aims to relieve pain through choosing tender points to promote circulation in the lower back.

Inducing Labour and Labour Pain (1)

Acupuncture works very well in preparing for labour.
Treatment can initiate contractions and hardening of the uterus thus assisting with inducing labour.


Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientific evidence, fourth edition, 2015. The Medical journal of Australia. 2016;204(8):315-7.

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