Preparing to conceive – endometriosis

Endometriosis reduces fertility by damaging ovary function (AMH is reduced) and negatively impacting the immune milieu (inflammatory cytokines are raised) and affecting the lining of the uterus and its implantation sites. We use acupuncture to manage the symptoms of endometriosis like pain and menstrual disturbance. Chinese herbs are sometimes used in China to improve response to IVF drugs and pregnancy rates in endometriosis patients.

Acupuncture is best performed at specific times of the menstrual cycle. These will be decided in conjunction with your practitioner and will depend on your symptom picture and whether or not you are actively trying to conceive.

Suggested Schedule: Acupuncture once a week or fortnight. Chinese herbs daily (when not taking IVF drugs)


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Pilot studies done in China indicate that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can reduce symptoms of endometriosis like pain, may improve fertility and can reduce immune and inflammatory markers.