Acupuncture for Fertility

Zoe Rankin Ova Acupuncture

Fertility support by degree-qualified practitioners

Our practitioners live and breathe fertility and have trained beyond their five year university degree in order to provide in-depth, heart-centred and professional care to our fertility patients. Acupuncture is considered a whole system medicine that can support fertility with a holistic and integrative approach.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may support the symptoms associated with:

  • Optimising ovulation
  • Supporting symptoms associated with luteal phase defect
  • Fertility care for endometriosis symptoms
  • IVF and ICSI
  • Male factor fertility

Our practitioners are equipped to work alongside your fertility specialist and have completed further professional development beyond their five year tertiary degree in order to provide skilled fertility care. If you are seeking professional, in-depth and heart-centred care then book in with one of our practitioners for an initial fertility consult today.


Research on IVF and acupuncture

Acupuncture & IVF

The team at Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are here to provide an integrative, heart-centred approach to your fertility journey. Our team of degree-qualified practitioners are registered by AHPRA and are committed to providing patient-centred care to our community. We lean on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and marry this with the latest understandings from bio-medicine to provide a holistic and integrative approach to fertility support. Our integrative practitioners will interpret blood test results from both the lens of Western and Eastern medicine, and will provide advice on lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation and Chinese herbal medicine. 

There has been a growing body of research indicating the influence that acupuncture may have during IVF. It is important to note that more research indeed needs to be done in this area. In the lens of Chinese medicine, there is a lot that can be done to support anyone along their IVF journey. For more information, you can access this free meta-analysis to understand some of the research for yourself

IVF and acupuncture Camp Hill


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are both claimable through private health insurance depending on your coverage details. 

The journey towards parenthood can be both exciting and challenging. For those seeking to enhance their fertility naturally, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer a unique approach. Discover how acupuncture’s unique benefits can empower your fertility journey and guide you towards the family you’ve been dreaming of.

How acupuncture for fertility works: 

1. Balancing Hormones for Optimal Fertility: Hormones play a pivotal role in fertility, and acupuncture has been shown to support hormonal balance. By stimulating specific points along the body’s meridians, acupuncture encourages your body to come back into balance and its optimal state of being. 

2. Enhancing Blood Flow to Reproductive Organs: Blood flow is crucial for a healthy reproductive system. Acupuncture sessions increase blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries, nourishing these organs and supporting their overall function. This improved blood flow may influence egg quality and uterine lining, essential for successful conception and implantation.

3. Reducing Stress for Improved Fertility: The emotional toll of fertility struggles can lead to elevated stress levels, which may impact fertility. Acupuncture’s calming effect may help to reduce stress hormones, promoting emotional well-being and creating a calm environment for conception.

4. Supporting Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART): Acupuncture can complement assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Studies suggest that acupuncture sessions before and after these procedures may enhance their effectiveness by increasing blood flow to the uterus, promoting relaxation, and supporting overall well-being during the process.

5. Enhancing Egg and Sperm Quality: The quality of eggs and sperm is crucial for successful conception. Acupuncture’s influence on hormonal balance and blood flow can contribute to improved egg and sperm quality, increasing the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy.

6. Creating an Optimal Uterine Environment: Implantation is a critical stage in fertility. Acupuncture aims to create an optimal uterine environment by promoting relaxation of uterine muscles and ensuring proper blood flow to support embryo attachment and growth.

7. Personalized Care for your Fertility Journey: Each fertility journey is unique. Acupuncture offers personalised care tailored to individual needs. Practitioners collaborate with you to create a treatment plan aligned with your specific fertility concerns, ensuring a holistic approach that considers your physical and emotional well-being.

8. Empowering Your Fertility Journey: Acupuncture empowers you to take an active role in your fertility journey. By incorporating this ancient practice, you’re embracing a natural and holistic approach that supports your body’s innate ability to conceive and nurture new life.

9. Nurturing Mind-Body Connection: Fertility struggles can take a toll on mental and emotional well-being. Acupuncture nurtures the mind-body connection, promoting relaxation, reducing anxiety, and fostering a positive outlook on your fertility journey.

10. Comprehensive Fertility Support: Acupuncture goes beyond physical benefits; it offers comprehensive support for your fertility journey. It addresses emotional and mental well-being, creating a holistic approach that aligns with your desire to create a nurturing environment for conception.

Take charge of your fertility today: 

🌱 Holistic Approach: Address the various aspects of fertility for comprehensive results.

🌱 Personalized Care: Receive customised treatments tailored to your unique fertility profile.

🌱 Natural Empowerment: Embrace a natural approach that supports your body’s natural processes.

🌱 Emotional Well-Being: Manage stress and emotions to create a nurturing environment for conception.

Ready to take the next step in your fertility journey? Contact us today to schedule your consultation and experience acupuncture for fertility. 

Take charge of your fertility, today. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate those points and promote healing and balance.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is the vital energy that flows through channels or pathways called meridians in the body. It is believed that disruptions or imbalances in the flow of Qi can lead to various health issues. Acupuncture aims to restore the balance and flow of Qi, thereby improving health and well-being.

How does acupuncture work?

The exact mechanism of how acupuncture works is still being studied and researched. However, there are several theories that attempt to explain its effects:

  1. Stimulation of Endorphins: Acupuncture may stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. 

  2. Modulation of Neurotransmitters: Acupuncture may affect the levels and activity of various neurotransmitters in the body, such as serotonin and dopamine. 

  3. Regulation of Qi and Energy Flow: Traditional Chinese medicine describes acupuncture as a way to balance the flow of Qi, the vital energy, in the body. By inserting needles into specific points, acupuncture is believed to remove blockages and restore the harmonious flow of Qi, promoting health and healing.

  4. Neurovascular and Microcirculatory Effects: Acupuncture has been observed to have effects on the nervous system and blood circulation. It may stimulate nerve fibers, dilate blood vessels, and improve blood flow to the treated areas, aiding in tissue repair and reducing inflammation.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when applied by a skilled practitioner that is registered with AHPRA and has received the appropriate training which in Australia is a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are single use, and acupuncture should be performed in a highly safe and proficient manner. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

The level of discomfort experienced during acupuncture can vary from person to person. While some people may feel minimal to no pain, others may experience a slight prick or tingling sensation when the needles are inserted. The needles used in acupuncture are much thinner than hypodermic needles used for injections, which helps minimize pain. Additionally, skilled acupuncturists are trained to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.

It’s important to communicate with your acupuncturist during the session. If you experience any discomfort or pain, let them know so they can adjust the needles or technique to ensure your comfort. Many people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and therapeutic experience.


Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Yes, acupuncture is covered by private health insurance when received from a practitioner holds the appropriate registrations. All Ova Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine practitioners are claimable on private health insurance. The level of coverage will be dependent on your individual insurance. 

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is particularly effective at supporting the symptoms associated with many conditions, and oftentimes is used as an adjunct therapy aimed at improving ones quality of life. While it is important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist and healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, here are some areas that acupuncture is commonly used to support the symptoms:

  1. Pain conditions: Acupuncture is well-known for its effectiveness in relieving various types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and postoperative pain.

  2. Musculoskeletal disorders: Acupuncture can help manage the symptoms related to musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries.

  3. Digestive disorders: Acupuncture may be beneficial for digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, and nausea.

  4. Respiratory conditions: Acupuncture is sometimes used to alleviate symptoms associated with respiratory disorders such as asthma, allergies and sinusitis.

  5. Emotional and mental health: Acupuncture can be utilized as part of a comprehensive approach to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It may help promote relaxation, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being.

  6. Women’s health: Acupuncture is often used to support women’s health concerns, including menstrual irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause symptoms, fertility issues, and pregnancy-related discomfort.

  7. Neurological conditions: Acupuncture may be used as a complementary therapy for neurological conditions like migraines, tension headaches, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke rehabilitation.

  8. Other conditions: Acupuncture has also been applied to address a variety of other conditions, including fatigue, immune system support, skin disorders, allergies, smoking cessation, weight management, and side effects of cancer treatment.

How long does a typical treatment last?

At Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine we ask patients to allow up to 60 minutes for an initial appointment and up to 40 minutes for a follow up appointment. Needles are generally retained for 20-30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Your practitioner may also choose to apply ancillary techniques such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion. 

How many acupuncture sessions are usually needed to see results?

This is entirely dependent on the condition that is being treated, the severity of the condition, how long the condition has been present and the commitment from the patient to follow diet and lifestyle changes as well as compliance in taking herbal medicine. After your initial assessment your practitioner will provide a treatment timeline with you. 

Are there any side effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. The risk of adverse effects is minimal, but there are some potential side effects and considerations to be aware of:

  1. Soreness or Bruising: Occasionally, minor soreness, bruising, or bleeding may occur at the needle insertion sites. These side effects are typically mild and temporary.
  2. Fatigue or Drowsiness: Some individuals may experience temporary feelings of fatigue or drowsiness after an acupuncture session. It is advisable to rest and avoid strenuous activities immediately following the treatment.
  3. Dizziness or Lightheadedness: Rarely, acupuncture may cause dizziness or lightheadedness during or after a session, particularly if the person stands up too quickly. It’s important to communicate any discomfort to the acupuncturist during the treatment.
Can acupuncture help with pain relief?

Acupuncture is highly regarded for its analgesic benefits. Whether you are managing an acute injury with symptomatic pain or you have a chronic pain condition, acupuncture is typically supportive of pain symptoms and can be a useful therapy as part of your pain management plan. 

Can acupuncture be used in conjunction with fertility treatments?

Yes, acupuncture can be used in conjunction with fertility treatments. Many individuals undergoing fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), choose to incorporate acupuncture as a complementary therapy to support their fertility journey. Here’s how acupuncture can be beneficial in this context:

  1. Stress Reduction: Fertility treatments can be emotionally and physically demanding, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Acupuncture is known to promote relaxation and stress reduction, which can help individuals manage the emotional challenges associated with fertility treatments.

  2. Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture may help regulate hormonal balance, which is crucial for fertility. It can support the normal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which controls hormone production and ovulation.

  3. Improved Blood Flow: Acupuncture has been observed to improve blood circulation to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. Enhanced blood flow can provide better nourishment to the reproductive tissues and optimize their function.

  4. Increased Success Rate: Some studies suggest that acupuncture, when used in conjunction with fertility treatments, may improve pregnancy rates and the success of assisted reproductive techniques like IVF and IUI. It is believed that acupuncture may enhance the response to fertility medications, increase embryo implantation rates, and improve overall reproductive outcomes.

  5. Side Effect Management: Acupuncture can help alleviate some of the side effects associated with fertility treatments, such as bloating, discomfort, and nausea.

Are there any scientific studies that support the effectiveness of acupuncture?

Yes, there have been scientific studies conducted to explore the effects and potential benefits of acupuncture. While more research is still needed, especially in certain areas, here are some key findings from scientific studies:

  1. Pain Management: Acupuncture has shown positive results in managing various types of pain, including chronic pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, and postoperative pain. Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain intensity and improving quality of life.

  2. Nausea and Vomiting: Acupuncture has been found to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, postoperative recovery, and pregnancy-related morning sickness. It is often recommended as a complementary therapy in these cases.

  3. Headaches and Migraines: Research suggests that acupuncture may provide relief for tension headaches and migraines. It has been found to be more effective than no treatment and comparable to preventive medication in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.

  4. Osteoarthritis: Acupuncture has shown promise in managing pain and improving function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Studies have demonstrated its potential to reduce pain and improve physical function when used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional treatments.

  5. Chronic Conditions: Acupuncture has been investigated for its effects on chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some studies have reported positive outcomes in terms of pain reduction, improved sleep, and overall well-being.

  6. Mental Health: Acupuncture has shown potential in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. It has been found to modulate the release of neurotransmitters and promote relaxation, which may contribute to its therapeutic effects in mental health.

  7. Fertility and Reproductive Health: Studies have explored the effects of acupuncture in supporting fertility treatments, such as IVF. While findings are mixed, some research suggests that acupuncture may improve pregnancy rates and outcomes in individuals undergoing fertility treatments.

It’s important to note that individual responses to acupuncture can vary, and more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and effects. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional and seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist to ensure safe and effective care.


Ova Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine provides best in class acpuncture services to the Camp Hill, Coorparoo, Norman Park, Morningside, Greenslopes, Holland Park communities. We are a leading acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine clinic within the South East Brisbane community. 


1/6 Newman Avenue, Camp Hill 


Monday to Friday : 8am – 8pm

Saturday : 8am – 1pm


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are both claimable through private health insurance depending on your coverage details.