Acupressure is an ancient form of Chinese medicine which is centred on the belief that numerous ailments in the body are a result of a blockage or disturbance in energy flow.

With acupressure, pressure is applied to certain points to help improve blood flow in the body and balance the body’s life energy, commonly known as ‘chi’. A lack of sufficient blood flowing to and from your uterus or ovaries can often be the cause of many fertility issues, but various acupressure techniques can be used to help improve fertility.

Take a look at how acupressure can benefit you if you are trying to conceive.

How is Acupressure Beneficial for Fertility?

Acupressure helps improve fertility by stimulating the blood flow to reproductive organs and surrounding tissues. In addition, acupressure is a powerful technique that can be used to release toxins from the body and reduce any existing inflammation.

With no side-effects, not only is acupressure a safe, non-invasive technique, it has multiple benefits for anyone trying to conceive.

• It can be used while on medication for IUI or IVF preparation

• It can help the body prepare for pregnancy

• Pain associated with fertility issues can be alleviated

• May help balance out hormone levels

• Decrease stress in the body

Equally, anyone experiencing any reproductive disorders can benefit from acupressure, including:

• PMS

• Painful menstruation

• Absent Periods

• Endometriosis

• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

• Irregular menstrual cycles

• Hormonal imbalance

Acupressure Points for Fertility

With acupressure there are specific points shown to support fertility and help promote regulation of the menstrual cycle. Certain pressure points will be stimulated along the body’s twelve main meridian pathways to allow energy or Chi to flow freely.

Here are five key acupressure points for fertility:

Ren 3

This point is located 4 cun below the umbilicus (a cun is about a centimetre). Often referred to as the “central pole”, stimulating Ren 3 may help regulate menstruation, strengthen kidney function, and help reduce pelvic inflammation and endometriosis.

Ren 4

Ren 4 is 3 cun below the umbilicus and stimulating this area enables the flow of energy to the uterus, helping it prepare for implantation.

Zigong

Located just at the ovaries, stimulating this point of the body helps improve circulation to the uterus and ovaries.

Ren 12

Positioned between the bellybutton and the sternum; stimulating this point can help the body eliminate harmful fluids that have collected in the uterus, Fallopian tubes or bladder.

St 30

The St 30 point is 5 cun below umbilicus and 2 cun lateral to the midline. Stimulating these points can help aid ovulation, and overall function of the reproductive system, such as the ovaries, uterus and Fallopian tubes.