Acupuncture for Infertility

About Dr. Curtin

I am a qualified doctor with 27 years experience in General Practice. I have a special interest in complementary medicine.

My initial medical training was at Sheffield University Medical School, and I qualified as a Doctor in 1984. I then went on to do Vocational Training and became a full time NHS GP in 1989.

Two years later I started to become interested in Acupuncture and after a prolonged period of study I obtained a Diploma in Acupuncture from the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). My understanding of acupuncture was deepened by two extended trips to Japan where I was able to spend time sitting in and observing Acupuncture Masters at work.

Five years ago, I began to develop a special interest in the area of infertility. As part of my MSc I have been looking at the latest research in the use of acupuncture for fertility problems. There are a number of studies which suggest that women who are undergoing assisted conception programmes such as IVF and IUI may be helped with acupuncture. Other studies have failed to show this effect.

As a practicing doctor, I believe that acupuncture does not take the place of orthodox medicine, but that it can work alongside it.