London Fertility Acupuncture

Fertility Acupuncture, London

Our established acupuncture clinics use fertility acupuncture to improve pregnancy rates with natural conception or Assisted Reproductive Techniques, such as IVF, IUI, and ICSI.

Having worked at the renowned Zita West Clinic, Charlotte Steed was a member of complementary therapy and medical team of fertility specialists.

This team included Zita West, a consultant midwife, Dr Raj Rai, one of the UK's leading gynaecologists and miscarriage specialists, and Dr Sheryl Homa, an embryologist and a scientist who led the male fertility programme at the Clinic.

The London Acupuncture Space specialise in fertility acupuncture, IVF, male infertility, PCOS, endometriosis and menstrual irregularities. We support couples and individuals with fertility concerns and are experienced in IVF terminology and protocols. We offer acupuncture and reflexology services in all our clinics.

Specialist Fertility Acupuncture Training:

  • Zita West's Fertility Acupuncture
  • Fertility Acupuncture at the Royal College of Physicians
  • Obstetrics Acupuncture at the Royal College of Physicians
  • IVF and Assisted Conception Acupuncture
  • Chinese Patent Herbs for Gynaecology and Fertility with Giovanni Maciocia

Conditions Treated with Acupuncture:


Acupuncture & Embryo Transfer

Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer Research

Fertility and Sterility, the official publication of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine publishes juried original articles of scientific excellence in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology and physiology.

Fertilty and Sterility is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility.

Eleven scientific studies published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture performed close to the time of embryo transfer improved chances of pregnancy.

Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer Improves Pregnancy Success Rates

"Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy" by Paulus W et al, Fertility and Sterility 2002 Vol 77, pg 721-724

In this study, 160 patients who were undergoing ART and who had good quality embryos were divided into the following two groups through random selection:

80 women had acupuncture before embryo transfer and acupuncture after embryo transfer whilst 80 women had embryo transfer without acupuncture.

The results showed clinical pregnancies documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture and embryo transfer group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.

"Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis",by Manheaimer E et al, British Medical Journal 2008, pg 336-545

In this study, that combined the results of seven trials involving 1,366 women in an attempt to provide a clearer picture of the benefits of acupuncture for embryo transfer>

They found that, looking at all the research together, women who underwent acupuncture were 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer compared with those who underwent a "sham" version of the treatment, or had no extra treatment at all. (BBC, 2008)

Acupuncture Improves IVF Pregnancy Rates and Live Births

"Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis",by Manheaimer E et al, British Medical Journal 2008, pg 336-545

This same study concluded that current preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing IVF.

The London Acupuncture Space - Our Recommendations for Embryo Transfer and Split Embryo Transfers

We recommend fertility acupuncture before embryo transfer and acupuncture after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rates. Ideally, this is recommended on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment.

In the event that your clinic is performing a split embryo transfer on day 3 and day 5, our recommendation is to have acupuncture before and acupuncture after each embryo transfer, preferably on the same day to improve the pregnancy success rate for each embryo.

We have experience of split embryo transfers in our clinics even though this is a relatively new concept.

We replicate the acupuncture embryo transfer treatment published in the above scientific Paulus et al study for all embryo transfers and frozen embryo transfers (FET), including split embryo transfers.

Acupuncture during this time is highly recommended by most reputable fertility clinics worldwide.

The London Acupuncture Space will endevour to offer flexibility for embryo transfers.

How Acupuncture can Enhance Fertility?

  • Improves sperm parameters
  • Improves pregnancy rates of natural conception and IVF treatment
  • Regulates menstrual cycles
  • Regulate hormones by reducing stress
  • Reduces miscarriages
  • Lessens uterine contractions after embryo transfer
  • Improves blood flow to ovaries and uterus
  • Improves ovarian function; encourages production of follicles; enhances their quality
  • Improves thickness of uterine wall lining
  • Aids relaxation
  • Lessens side effects of fertility medication
  • Enhances immune system

Our Fertility Acupuncture Programmes:

The London Acupuncture Space

The London Acupuncture Space has undergone specialist acupuncture training in Fertility Acupuncture, IVF Acupuncture and Obstetrics Acupuncture with Zita West and at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

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