Couples in the UK are realising more how help is unlikely to come from the NHS in terms of fertility treatments. Despite couples being allowed to wait up to two years for a round of IVF treatment on the NHS, there are various criteria you must meet to qualify. Couples where one of the partners already has a child are usually excluded, there can be age exclusions for females and can come down to funding.

A woman’s level of fertility is age dependent and once a woman has passed the age of 30 their ovulation can halve. Infertility is defined by couples who have tried to conceive with no success for 12 months and at this stage intervention is required. The UK IVF success rate is just 22% for women under 38 which means the longer couples wait, the less chance they have.

Fertility is dependent on the female age, and ovulation can halve once a woman reaches 35. The definition of infertility is when a couple have tried with no success for 12 months, at this stage medical intervention is required. The longer a couple wait the less chance they have of success even with IVF, the UK national average success rate is just 22% on women under 38. Statistically, women over the age of 40 have a better chance of using donor eggs but waiting lists can be as long as three years, further decreasing the chance of conception.

However, new clinical studies have concluded that acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine have positive effects in reversing infertility. The study included a variety of patients suffering from infertility; those using IVF, IUI and those with no assistance. In all cases there was a significant improvement in pregnancy rates.

The Acupuncture treatment was administered to the patients 2-3 times per week following menstruation. During the ovulation period, the acupuncture was administered for 3 consecutive days. This usually landed on days 12, 13 and 14. During the luteal phase (the latter phase of the menstrual cycle), acupuncture was administered at a rate of approximately 2-3 times per week.

It has been noted that the success rate of IVF is 24% as a standalone therapy. IVF and acupuncture combined has a significantly higher success rate of 42.5%. The improved success rate in both indicates a safe and more cost effective way to assist women undergoing fertility treatments. A total of 52.38% of women in the study were able to conceive with acupuncture and/or the aid of herbal medicine without any other treatment. Another 9.52% conceived with acupuncture and herbs combined with IVF and 4.76% conceived with IUI combined with acupuncture. Most women conceived within the first 12 months of the clinical trial. With these new statistics emerging more people are increasingly turning to acupuncture as a means of infertility treatment.