Preparing to conceive – weight loss

If you are overweight a little bit of weight loss goes a long way to improving fertility. Losing 5 kg is a manageable target for most and you can start now. Just moving your metabolism a little bit in the direction of burning off fat stores, can stimulate ovarian activity, improve egg and sperm quality and increase fertility.

Acupuncture has often been used, as part of a comprehensive programme, to help reduce appetite and improve metabolism to promote weight loss. An analysis of your constitution and the reasons for your weight gain by an experienced acupuncturist will lead to an individualised treatment plan designed to aid weight loss in a safe and stable manner.  We use gentle electro acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help reduce BMI. We have found it to be particularly helpful in reducing waist circumference in women with PCOS. Acupuncture appears to have an effect in reducing the level of specific hormones which affect appetite and metabolism.
Stimulation of ear acupuncture points is often used to help with weight loss. Certain ear points have been shown to stimulate the auricular branch of the vagal nerve and raise serotonin levels, both of which increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach, thus helping to suppress appetite.

Suggested Schedule; Acupuncture 1 – 3 times per week for 1 – 3 months before IVF, or until goal weight is achieved or until you conceive.

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