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Complementary Therapies in Fertility Treatment | Holistic Approaches

Complementary Therapies in Fertility Treatment | Holistic Approaches

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies can play a supportive role in fertility treatment, often used alongside conventional medical approaches. Here are some of the varying complementary therapies that are commonly considered:


Description: An ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body.

Benefits: May help regulate menstrual cycles, improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reduce stress.

Herbal Medicine

Description: Utilises plant-based remedies to support reproductive health.

Benefits: Can help balance hormones, improve uterine health, and address underlying conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis. It's essential to consult with a knowledgeable practitioner to avoid interactions with other medications.

Yoga and Meditation

Description: Mind-body practices that promote relaxation and reduce stress.

Benefits: Can improve mental well-being, reduce stress hormones, and potentially enhance reproductive function by promoting hormonal balance.

Massage Therapy

Description: Involves manipulating the body's soft tissues to promote relaxation and improve circulation.

Benefits: May enhance blood flow to reproductive organs, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. Fertility-specific massage techniques, such as abdominal or pelvic massage, are sometimes used.


Description: An holistic approach using highly diluted substances to stimulate the body’s healing processes.

Benefits: Aims to address underlying imbalances and improve overall health, which can indirectly support fertility. The evidence is mixed, so it should be approached with careful consideration.


Description: A type of massage that applies pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears.

Benefits: These points correspond to different body organs and systems. Reflexology may help improve hormonal balance, reduce stress, and enhance overall health.

Chiropractic Care

Description: Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine.

Benefits: Can improve nervous system function and overall health, potentially supporting reproductive health.


Description: Uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness.

Benefits: Can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental outlook, and potentially support reproductive health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Description: An ancient system of health care that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and exercise (such as Tai Chi).

Benefits: TCM aims to balance the body’s energy flow (Qi), which can support overall health and reproductive function.


Description: Uses essential oils extracted from plants for therapeutic purposes.

Benefits: May help reduce stress, improve mood, and support overall health. Essential oils like clary sage, lavender, and geranium are sometimes used to support reproductive health.


  1. Integration with Conventional Treatments: Many complementary therapies can be used alongside conventional medical treatments. However, it's crucial to discuss any complementary therapies with a healthcare provider to ensure they do not interfere with medical treatments.
  2. Individualisation: The effectiveness of these therapies can vary from person to person. What works for one individual may not work for another, so personalised approaches are often necessary.
  3. Evidence-Based Practice: While some complementary therapies have a strong evidence base supporting their use in fertility, others have limited or mixed evidence. It's important to seek out reputable practitioners and reliable sources of information.
  4. Consulting with healthcare professionals and specialists in complementary therapies is essential to develop a safe and effective plan tailored to individual needs.

Our general impression for all treatments, whether ‘conventional or complementary’, generally depends on the expertise of the practitioner. The practitioner, their expertise, their knowledge, will determine the success of a treatment and to us, this is the crucial consideration.



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