Fertility Acupuncture for IVF Support in Middlesbrough, Yarm, Darlington & Stockton

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Discover Holistic IVF Support in Middlesbrough

Embarking on an IVF journey is both challenging and hopeful. At Deanna Thomas - Acupuncture & Wellbeing, we blend the ancient practice of acupuncture, involving the strategic placement of needles, with a deep understanding of IVF to offer you a supportive, nurturing environment right in the heart of Middlesbrough. Deanna Thomas specialises in treating women undergoing IVF, providing tailored and compassionate care.

If you’re in Middlesbrough or the Northeast and searching for ‘IVF acupuncture near me‘, Deanna Thomas’s clinic is your go-to destination. Specialising in acupuncture treatments for IVF fertility patients, Deanna combines traditional techniques with modern, research-backed approaches to enhance fertility. Ancient wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is integrated with modern holistic medicine to provide the best possible care. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) guides her selection of acupuncture points for IVF treatments, ensuring each protocol is uniquely tailored to support your journey to parenthood.

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What is Acupuncture, and How Does It Work with IVF in Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that plays a vital role in supporting in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. This practice involves the strategic placement of acupuncture needles to optimise the body’s condition for IVF.

During each acupuncture session, specific protocols and procedures are followed, including the selection of acupuncture points, duration of needle retention, and the optional use of additional elements such soft music to enhance the experience.

By promoting increased blood flow to the uterus and improving blood circulation to specific reproductive organs, acupuncture creates an ideal environment for implantation. Additionally, its stress-reducing benefits are crucial, as they can significantly enhance the success rate of IVF treatments.

Why Acupuncture is Your IVF Game-Changer 

  1. Stress Reduction: Our treatments are designed to significantly reduce the stress associated with IVF, ensuring a calm and positive mindset.
  2. Hormonal Harmony: We aim to balance your hormones through acupuncture, creating an optimal environment for implantation.
  3. Endometrial Enhancement: Our sessions, especially those scheduled before IVF transfer, focus on improving the quality and receptivity of the endometrium.
  4. Side Effect Management: Experience fewer unwanted side effects from IVF medications with our specialised acupuncture treatments.
  5. Pregnancy Nurturing: Post-embryo transfer, our treatments support and sustain pregnancy, aiming to reduce the risk of miscarriage.
  6. Male Sperm Quality and IVF Success: The quality of male sperm plays a crucial role in the success of IVF treatments. Factors like sperm count, motility, and morphology directly impact fertilization. Acupuncture can be instrumental in improving sperm quality, a key factor for successful conception and healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture has been shown to positively influence IVF outcomes, including higher live birth rates and improved pregnancy outcomes, by optimising the body’s natural functions and reducing stress.
  7. Increase IVF Success Chances: Acupuncture can increase IVF success chances. A 2019 meta-analysis showed a positive influence of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes, though more data from larger scale studies is needed to validate these findings. Many women and men believe they benefit from acupuncture treatment during the stressful IVF process.
  8. Female Fertility: Acupuncture supports female fertility by enhancing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, addressing specific fertility issues such as PCOS and endometriosis, and supporting women undergoing assisted fertility treatments like IVF, ICSI, and IUI.
  9. Fertility Support: We provide individualised and integrated approaches to optimising fertility outcomes through acupuncture, specialised testing, referral to fertility support networks, and a range of therapies and practices such as red light/infrared therapy, electro acupuncture, and dietary and lifestyle guidance.
"The IVF process was emotionally draining for both of us. We heard about Deanna's specialised acupuncture treatments for IVF support and decided to try it. It was the best decision we made. The sessions significantly reduced our anxiety levels and made us more hopeful and positive. Deanna's understanding and care made a world of difference."
—Michael and Clara W., Middlesbrough 
Deanna Thomas, experienced acupuncturist specializing in IVF support

About Me

Deanna Thomas, BSc (Hons), Lic.Ac, MBAcC, DipObsGyn – Our Dedicated Fertility Acupuncturist

At our award-winning clinic, we're proud to be led by Deanna Thomas, a distinguished practitioner with over five years of clinical experience in treating infertility with acupuncture. 

Her extensive education, rooted in London South Bank University and the Northern College of Acupuncture, forms the foundation of her expert care. Deanna's expertise is further enhanced by her Postgraduate Diploma in Fertility, Gynaecology, and Obstetrics from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.

Specialising in fertility and women's health, Deanna offers a unique and effective approach, combining traditional techniques with the latest advancements in the field. Her membership with the British Acupuncture Council, FHT, and the Acupuncture Fertility Network is a testament to her deep commitment to addressing various fertility challenges.

With a hands-on approach and a compassionate understanding of fertility's complexities, Deanna's expertise has been a cornerstone in helping countless individuals and couples navigate their journey to parenthood.

Acupuncture & IVF, Its backed by Research 

Several studies have shown the positive impact of acupuncture treatment on IVF success rates, including clinical pregnancy rates. From enhancing implantation rates to reducing the stress and anxiety associated with IVF, acupuncture stands as a powerful ally in your fertility journey; it can make a significant difference. Notably, the effects of acupuncture have been shown to improve clinical pregnancy rate during in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) by influencing uterine blood flow, endometrial receptivity and reducing stress levels, which are crucial factors for a successful pregnancy.

A study titled “Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer” explored the effects of individualised acupuncture on women undergoing fresh embryo transfer (ET). The results demonstrated that individualised acupuncture administered on the day of embryo transfer was linked to a 55% increase in FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) live birth outcomes and improved embryo implantation rates. Additionally, there was a 42% reduction in biochemical pregnancies when compared to FET alone. This suggests that acupuncture when tailored to the individual and performed on the day of ET, can significantly enhance the success rates of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and improve embryo implantation. [Source: Fertility and Sterility]

A comprehensive meta-analysis, which is considered the pinnacle of research in its domain, examined data from 3,188 women across 12 randomized trials. The findings highlighted that acupuncture notably influenced the birth outcomes of women undergoing fertility treatments (IVF and ICSI), including clinical pregnancy rates. The study also suggests that the impact of acupuncture could be related to its dosage, meaning the number of sessions and their duration might play a role. Furthermore, the significance of pilot randomized controlled trials in this context cannot be overstated, as they provide preliminary evidence on acupuncture's psychosocial benefits for women experiencing infertility, offering a foundation for future research. Additionally, acupuncture may help improve ovarian function, increase ovulation frequency, and restore more regular menstrual cycles, which are crucial for reproductive health.

While the research landscape is ever-evolving, and results are not definitive, this particular study underscores the potential of acupuncture as a valuable adjunct to IVF treatment. (Research Cited: The British Acupuncture Council)

Frequently asked questions

Where do the needles go for IVF acupuncture? 
Depending on the specific acupuncture points required for infertility IVF treatments, needles may be delicately inserted into areas such as the hands, feet, legs, arms, forehead, or abdomen. 
 When to have acupuncture during IVF cycle?
Acupuncture should ideally begin three months before starting your IVF cycle. This timeframe aligns with the period it takes to potentially enhance egg quality and optimally prepare your body for the IVF process. Starting acupuncture early allows for a more comprehensive approach to fertility enhancement, offering the best chance for a successful outcome.
Is acupuncture during IVF a waste of time?
Many of my patients express a strong desire to give IVF their absolute best shot. Research and numerous success stories indicate that the benefits of acupuncture for IVF are substantial, enhancing the likelihood of a positive IVF result. If acupuncture can provide that extra boost to increase your odds, why wouldn't you consider it?

How many acupuncture sessions for IVF?
The number varies, but a typical recommendation is to have sessions weekly leading up to the IVF cycle, with specific sessions before and after embryo transfer.
Does acupuncture work for fertility without IVF?
Yes, acupuncture can enhance fertility even outside the IVF context. Checkout our Acupuncture for Fertility Page.

Can acupuncture assist with a frozen IVF cycle? 
Yes, acupuncture can be beneficial during a frozen IVF cycle. It's believed to enhance the endometrial lining, improve blood flow to the uterus, and reduce stress, all of which can be crucial for the success of a frozen embryo transfer. Many patients have turned to acupuncture as a complementary therapy to support their frozen IVF cycles, aiming to maximize their chances of a successful pregnancy. 
  • How soon after embryo transfer should I have acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be beneficial during various stages of the IVF process, including the period immediately before and after embryo transfer. 

  • Before and After Embryo Transfer: Research suggests that acupuncture administered immediately before and after embryo transfer can improve IVF success rates by increasing blood flow to the uterus and reducing uterine contractions.
  • It is recommended to have acupuncture sessions both before and after the embryo transfer on the same day, as this timing is crucial for maximising the benefits
Should I have acupuncture during the two week wait?
Acupuncture can help manage stress and anxiety during the two-week wait after embryo transfer. It is recommended to have at least two acupuncture sessions during this period to support implantation and reduce anxiety.

Continuing acupuncture treatments until at least 12 weeks into the pregnancy can help maintain balance and support the pregnancy

"Embarking on the IVF journey was overwhelming, and the anxiety took a toll on me. Deanna's acupuncture treatments provided the relief I didn't know I needed. After each session, I felt calmer and more centred. Her expertise in IVF support is genuine. I can't thank her enough for helping me navigate this journey with a clearer mind."
—Emma R, Middlesbrough 

Personalised Support for Your Unique IVF Journey

Embarking on an IVF journey is an intimate and deeply personal experience, with each path as unique as the individuals involved. As a dedicated fertility acupuncture specialist, Deanna Thomas offers tailored services for both private and NHS IVF clients. Recognising the distinct nature of your fertility challenges and aspirations, she recommends starting with an initial in-person consultation at her clinic to ensure expert and dedicated care throughout your journey.

This first appointment, priced at £70, provides an opportunity for us to connect face-to-face, and explore your specific situation in depth, and craft a customised treatment plan exclusively designed for you. The fee covers both our initial consultation and your first acupuncture treatment session.


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