Acupuncture for fertility and IVF support

Acupuncture has been used for many centuries to improve overall well-being, and a healthier body and mind has a greater chance of conceiving naturally. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can also be used to treat specific conditions which affect fertility and increase the success of assisted conception procedures including In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). A large number of recent studies have found an increase in the successful outcomes of IVF when women had acupuncture alongside the IVF procedure. 

Faye understands how infertility can affect nearly every aspect of a persons life through her own personal experiences. Few situations in life are as challenging and overwhelming and often, the emotional aspects of infertility go ignored and untreated, and because it is such a private issue many couples do not share their experiences which adds to their problem. Acupuncture can benefit both the female and the male physically and emotionally.

Faye provides a safe and neutral haven to discuss emotions and help with healing. All information is held in the strictest of confidence at all times. Faye can also provide dietary and lifestyle advice.

In order to maximise the health of the Patient/couple for optimal conception, it is advisable to start with acupuncture treatments 2-3 months prior to beginning IVF to focus on the improvement of the environment of growing follicles and sperm which in turn will enhance the potential for producing a higher quality of ametes (eggs and sperm) for IVF. 

There are many quality research studies suggesting that acupuncture may help in various areas relating to fertility, conception and pregnancy. This research has been conducted into its use in the following areas:

During IVF acupuncture can:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Helping to support ovulation dysfunction
  • Increasing the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Increasing the blood flow to the pelvic organs
  • Reduction of oxidative stress which may influence egg and sperm quality
  • Increasing ovarian response to ovarian stimulation
  • Reducing uterine contraction
  • Balancing the immune system (e.g. Cytokines) thus, creating a more favourable implantation environment
  • Reducing serum adrenaline (CORTISOL) and anxiety levels which is crucial for fertility
  • Improving sleep which reduces inflammatory processes.

Faye has undergone specialist training in this field of acupuncture and is happy to discuss your needs in person or over the telephone.

My Prices

Initial consultation
including 1st treatment

(90 minutes)

Follow up appointments
(45-60 minutes)

NHS and emergency service workers are entitled to a discount on all treatments.

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Some kind words from my clients

  •  I first received Gua Sha during an acupuncture treatment for my painful neck and shoulders. Faye explained the process in full prior to the treatment and explained that Gua Sha can leave some marking on the skin for a few days afterwards. What a difference it made to my pain levels after treatment, my neck and shoulders were not as stiff and painful and it completely got rid of the headaches I was experiencing. The whole experience was relaxing and not painful. Gua Sha is the best form of massage I have ever had - Amanda K - London

  • Well what can I say about Faye Hopcraft Acupuncture, I went to see Faye with a terribly painful knee that had been going on for ages. My Doctor had told me that nothing could be done and that it was just a sign of getting old!, Faye sorted it after just 2 treatments. I now have a painful shoulder that Faye is now treating me for with very good results. The treatment is pain free and Faye always makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
    Adam Brown – Selsey

  • Having, over the years, experienced more than one acupuncturist, I am so glad to have found Faye. I initially went for a long-term back problem, hip pain and  insomnia which has now all been relieved. I now visit her fortnightly as part of my general healthcare routine as she relaxes me with her friendly and confident nature and, as an 82 year old, I find her treatments enable me to stay active and positive about my health and general wellbeing. I actually fall asleep during every treatment and I never want to get off of her warmed treatment couch at the end of each session!.
    Margaret M – West Wittering

  • I saw Faye for a series of acupuncture sessions earlier this year and from start to finish she was absolutely brilliant. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable but she is deeply passionate about what she does. I felt very safe with her treating me (as someone who has a slight aversion to needles!), but at all times she was a total professional and extremely kind. She explained why she was doing things and included me in my treatment plan. She was very patient and calming, and as a result meant I got the best out of my sessions with her. As an experienced holistic therapist she also brought in all her knowledge from other areas too, which made my treatment feel whole. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend her, and if you have any doubts about getting acupuncture, don't! You definitely wont regret seeing Faye
    Philippa Ryland - London

  • I contacted Faye after my newly acquired cat from Cyprus gave me a bite to my hand. It was at the weekend and my GP surgery was closed and I did not want to go to A&E. My hand was hot, red and swollen and very painful. Faye fitted me in last minute on a Saturday evening and I was amazed how the treatment gave me instant relief. I now have regular acupuncture and cupping therapy for other health issues that I have. Faye’s treatment room is such a lovely, relaxing place to be with dimmed lighting, music and a warming treatment couch which is so comfortable. I really look forward to my treatments and often doze off once the needles are in. I just love her calming nature.
    Janice J – Tangmere, Chichester