Acupuncture can be very  effective at enhancing both male and female fertility and at Barnsley Acupuncture we have helped very many couples conceive.Acupuncture fertility treatments can be provided either on a stand alone basis or alongside and in support of IVF and assisted conception techniques.

Jonathan Tilt the principal acupuncturist at Barnley Acupuncture is a member of the specialist Acupuncture Fertility Network, a register of acupuncturists who have undertaken extensive postgraduate training and who specialise in fertility treatments.

Our fertility success rate for calendar year 2017 was 64%. ( 2016: 68%) Calculated as the number of female patients attending for at least 5 treatments who had a successful full term pregnancy during, or within 3 months of completing, acupuncture.

Male fertility issues are generally connected with low sperm count and/or poor sperm motility. Acupuncture, along with dietary and lifestyle changes, where necessary, has been shown to improve sperm count and sperm motility.
Female fertility problems may be caused by hormonal imbalances, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries or, sadly and frustratingly, have ‘no known’ western cause.Acupuncture treatment is very helpful at re balancing menstrual cycles and improving egg quality, ovulation and generally promoting a healthy environment for conception to take place.

Numerous clinical studies have shown convincingly that acupuncture can and does enhance fertility. Recently Eric Manheimer from the University of Maryland published a review of acupuncture's effect on IVF treatment in the British Medical Journal. The report was based on seven studies published in English since 2002 (involving women variously treated with real acupuncture, sham acupuncture or no acupuncture) and found that genuine acupuncture could increase a woman's chance of pregnancy by 65%.

For women considering IVF, starting acupuncture treatment at least 6 - 8 weeks before the drug treatments begin will optimise your physical health support you emotionally and help nourish your ovaries to produce good quality eggs. If you are just about to start IVF and thinking about Acupuncture then a few acupuncture treatments can help keep you calm and relaxed through the cycle.


Jonathan has been a source of constant support and encouragement over the the four months that i have been having treatment. And acupuncture really works as I am now pregnant.

Helen, Wakefield

I initially wanted to try acupuncture for fertility.  Although I had not been trying long for a baby, I had come to feel quite negative about trying to conceive (as a result of the stressful job I do and other external pressures).  When I talked to Jonathan he was so friendly and approachable, I had no hesitation about discussing my personal circumstances openly with him.  Jonathan explained the process thoroughly, he was professional and very reassuring.  After my first treatment, I felt supremely relaxed.  By the third session I felt that acupuncture had had a profound impact upon me, to the degree that I could not remember a time when I had felt better, physically or emotionally.  I was surprised to find that with acupuncture, I felt more like 'myself' than I had in a long time. Best of all, I now no longer feel anxious about whether I am able to have a baby, instead I have once again begun to feel positive and excited about what should be a happy process instead of having negative feelings.   I cannot thank Jonathan enough, as I have never felt better, and I am looking forward to continuing acupuncture treatment.   

Sammy, Barnsley

Thanks very much for the successful outcome. We had virtually stopped believing that we could ever have a child , but treatments with Jonathan at Barnsley Acupuncture have completely changed that and we are expecting our first child in a few months time. The acupuncture has been relaxing and enjoyable and i actually miss coming for treatments now that I am pregnant.

Karen, Hoyland

I have been having acupuncture for fertility after my periods stopped at the age of 42 and my doctor diagnosed me as "peri-menopausal". After reading about acupuncture I started treatments at Barnsley Acupuncture, I have also made some lifestyle changes and am taking chinese herbs prescribed by a herbalist who Jonathan recommended. Within 2 weeks of starting treatments my hot flushes had completely disappeared and my sleep had improved dramatically. Three weeks later my periods returned after an absence of 6 months. Acupuncture has given me the chance to have a family and I am very grateful to Jonathan for this.
Hannah, Huddersfield.

Jonathan clearly has very detailed knowledge and extensive experience of treating fertility. More importantly his support and guidance through the daunting IVF process has been invaulable and really appreciated. He doesn't just provide acupuncture but always has time to talk through whatever concerns i have got.

Kate. Penistone