Acupuncture for Fertility

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Acupuncture for Fertility

For many couples the fertility journey is far from easy. It is estimated that around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving which amounts to approximately 3.5 million people in the UK (NHS, 2018).

Acupuncture is becoming a popular choice for couples who want additional support on their fertility journey, whether they are trying naturally to conceive, or seeking conventional medical support in the form of medication, IUI, IVF or ICSI.

Because of the increase in those seeking assistance with fertility there has been an increase in the amount of research carried out to determine why it may help. Further information relating to the latest research supporting acupuncture for male and female fertility can be found through the British Acupuncture Council website at

What is Acupuncture for Fertility?

Acupuncture for fertility is simply supporting a patient through the insertion of fine needles along with the use of a Chinese herb known as Moxa, to specific acupuncture points to boost wellbeing.

Please note that the needles are not inserted into the genital area, but into specific areas that include legs, feet, abdomen and back. Your practitioner will discuss this with you to ensure you are comfortable with the area of the body being treated.

If you are trying to conceive naturally, then the treatments are fully tailored to your individual diagnosis. However, this changes when you are undergoing western fertility support such as IUI or IVF. The acupuncture treatments then support what the medical interventions are trying to achieve and to minimize any side effects that you may encounter.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility

During your fertility journey the physical and emotional stresses can be immense for both of you. As well as the physical benefits, which may vary for each patient, our dedicated Acupuncturists offer emotional support for both partners. This support can continue through every stage of the fertility journey and be just as valuable if there are any setbacks along the way.

Can I continue Acupuncture during my pregnancy?

Research has shown that acupuncture by a qualified practitioner is safe, and can treat a number of pregnancy related health conditions without the use of drugs throughout your pregnancy, during labour and into early motherhood (Betts, 2006).

Does it Hurt?

Insertion of the needle does not cause pain although you may experience a slight twinge or ache when the needle is rotated to meet the direction of the Qi. If you do not like the feeling please do speak with your Practitioner and they will remove the needle. We strongly advise all clients never to try to remove the needle yourself.

See: for more information about this and other frequently asked questions about Acupuncture.


How to book

Contact us online or call us on 01332 521 270 today to speak to a member of our team, or to book your treatment. To find out more on how we can help with your fertility journey, please call to book a complimentary consultation with one of our acupuncturists who will be able to answer your specific questions. 


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Getting to the Bridge Centre for Natural Health

The Bridge Centre for Natural Health is easily located at the end of the parade of shops on Ladybank Road in Mickleover, Derby, with free parking available outside the centre. The centre is also accessible via the main bus route services from Mickleover to Derby city centre.

With the A38 and A50 just minutes away not only is the centre conveniently located for the surrounding areas such as Littleover, Allestree, and Hilton, but also accessible from Ashbourne, Burton-on-Trent, and further afield.

  • Initial Consultation    FREE
  • 1st appointment    From £75
  • Follow-up appointments    From £53
  • Please note: prices for treatments and duration of appointments can vary and are set by each individual practitioners, and are subject to change. For up to date pricing call the reception team on 01332 521 270.    
  • This page was reviewed    June 2024

Cancellation Policy

We understand that people’s lives are busy and complex and that things happen which are out of your control. Wherever possible though we require 24-hour's notice of a cancelled appointment. If 24-hour's notice is not given our Practitioners reserve the right to charge you for the full cost of the missed appointment. This is at the discretion of the individual Practitioners.

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My husband and I had been trying for a baby for three years and were on the waiting list for IUI treatment when a friend asked if we had considered acupuncture and told us about The Bridge Centre for Natural Health. Having a phobia of needles didn't help, but on the first appointment acupuncture was fully explained and the worry of needles was quickly put to one side. The centre itself has a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere and all the staff are extremely friendly. The acupuncture was a complete success, and we now have an adorable 5 month old baby boy to show for it.

P & N, Derby