D, from Hale, Altrincham, has opted for IVF due to her poor ovulation. She loves food, her weight problem, according to her consultant, is the main reason for her poor ovulation. Her first IVF trial ended sadly with an early miscarriage. She is having a frozen cycle with blastocyst embryos in about two months. Her consultant has advised her to reduce weight for a better chance (implantation, survival and maintaining of pregnancy), possibly 3 stones. During the past 10 months, she has managed to reduce 2 stones through dieting and exercising.

There are two goals that I would like to achieve through acupuncture. One is to prepare and assist IVF. The other is to help her reduce more weight. Therefore, apart from normal acupuncture treatment for IVF (of course, there is no need for stimulation once IVF starts), I have used auricular acupuncture for weight and appetite control. She reported on her second visit that she had lost 2 pounds during the week and she hadn’t felt as hungry as before. Then she lost 2 pounds respectively in the next weeks. Despite that she gained one pound in week 4, she lost another 2.5 pound the week after. She is happy that she has felt less hungry and still she hasn’t lost her appetite.

“Does acupuncture really work for weight problem?” this is a very common question in practice. Yes and no. Yes, acupuncture works for weight problems. We’ve seen many cases in practice. However, to what extent a person loses weight varies from person to person. Once I had a client who lost one stone in a week. No, acupuncture can’t sort all weight problems out. Acupuncture can give an extra push, but no one should expect to have his weight problems sorted by someone else, he needs to be cooperative.

Weight Control Before IVF
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