Fertility Treatment in Essex

Treating Male and Female Infertility with Acupuncture in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Southend

Proven by Science to Improve Fertility

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Weather girl, Clare Nasir success with fertility by acupuncture

Worldwide scientific research has confirmed Acupuncture’s role in helping Female and Male infertility. Please go to the relevant research for your area of interest.

Female Fertility: Improve chances of getting pregnant naturally, without drugs: Researchers have discovered that women who used Acupuncture without any other fertility treatments were just as likely to conceive in the same period of time as women who took a fertility drug without the side effects of fertility drugs. [See reference 1 at bottom of this page]

Female Fertility: Improve IVF success rates: Research has shown that women who incorporate Acupuncture into their IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) treatments are significantly more likely to become pregnant than those who use IVF alone. [See reference 2 at bottom of this page]

Male Fertility: Studies on male patients are similarly positive, confirming that Acupuncture treatments can help to improve sperm quality in men with fertility issues. [See reference 3 at bottom of this page]

Acupuncture to Support Pregnancy

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Acupuncture to Support Pregnancy

1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy

Women having Acupuncture during pregnancy has become increasingly popular. It offers a safe, drug free treatment option at this important time. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and 5 Element Acupuncture view pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery as an opportunity to improve a woman’s well being. The focus is on preventative care and to improve the health of both the mother and baby.

Pre-birth Acupuncture

4 weeks prior to the due date is recommended to commence pre-birth acupuncture. This is followed by a regular gentle treatment each week until labour commences.

Press Article:

5 minute guide to Acupuncture and Fertility/Pregnancy


In addition to a 4 year BSc Degree in Acupuncture, Derek Climpson has undertaken Post Graduate training in order to join the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN) which specialises in improving fertility for both Women and Men.

Clinics are in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Southend on Sea.

Please phone: 07702 631259


[1] Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Female Infertility, Journal of Fertility and Sterility, Chang et al, 2002;78:1149-1153.

Researchers at the Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproduction at the Women’s Hospital, University of Heidelberg, reported that “acupuncture seems to offer a valuable alternative therapy for female infertility due to hormone disorders” after research showed that an acupuncture group of 45 patients achieved a higher rate of pregnancy than a similar group treated with hormones, suffered no side effects and reported additional health benefits.

A review of the medical literature on acupuncture and female fertility published in the Journal Fertility and Sterility has shown that acupuncture can help reduce stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and normalize ovulation and the menstrual cycle. As such, women struggling to get pregnant may want to add acupuncture to their roster of fertility-boosting treatments, according to study author Dr. Raymond Chang of Cornell University.

[2a] Acupuncture on the Day of Embryo Transfer Significantly Improves the Reproductive Outcome in Infertile Women: a Prospective Randomised Trial. Journal of Fertility and Sterility, Westergaard et al, 2006. www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/06600232

In a Danish study to investigate the benefits of acupuncture in assisted reproduction (IVF and ICSI), pregnancy rates were significantly higher for female patients who received acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (immediately before and immediately after transfer) than those who did not receive acupuncture.

(2b) Journal of Fertility and Sterility. Paulus et al, 2002, Vol 77, No4, 721-4

A separate study carried out at the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centre in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has compared the pregnancy rates of 114 women, half of whom received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer, while the other half underwent transfer without acupuncture (control group). The acupuncture group obtained a 51% pregnancy rate and an 8% miscarriage rate compared to 36% and 20% respectively in the control group. Acupuncture also was found to reduce the risk of tubal pregnancy and increase the live birth rate.

(3a) Quantative Evaluation of Spermatozoa Ultrastructure after Acupuncture Treatment for Idiopathic Male Infertility. Pei et al. Journal of Fertility and Sterility, 2005:84(1) 141-7.

Acupuncture given twice weekly for 5 weeks. Significant increase in the percentage and number of sperm without structural defects compared to the control group.

[3b] Effects of Acupuncture and Moxa Treatment on Patients with Semen Abnormalities. Garfinkel, 2003.

In a Brazilian study carried out at the Human Reproductive Division of Sao Paolo Federal University, male patients with sperm abnormalities who were treated with acupuncture showed a significant improvement in sperm morphology (i.e. normally formed sperm).

(3c) Influence of Acupuncture on Idiopathic Male Infertility in Assisted Reproductive Technology. Zhang, 2002. Journal of Huazhong University Sci Tech Med Sci. 22(3) 228-30.

Research on sperm from men with fertility issues in an IVF setting. Measured outcomes before and after Acupuncture. After Acupuncture fertilisation rates significantly higher.

(3d) Die Beeinflussbarkeit der Samenqualitat durch Akupunktur bei subfertilen Mannern. Geburtschilfe Frauenheilkd. Fischl et al. 1984. 44: 510-2.

A German study reported improvement in sperm motility, concentration and count after ten acupuncture treatments.