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Fertility Acupuncture Social Distancing – is it possible?

Last updated: May 17th, 2020 at 09:46 am

Fertility Acupuncture Social Distancing

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are all doing things differently.  I am happy to say we are NOT throwing acupuncture needles like darts from 6 feet away!

Fertility Acupuncture Social Distancing : Is it possible?

IVF clinics closed at first, but now many have reopened, prompting us getting many calls about pre & post embryo transfer acupuncture & 2 week wait acupuncture support.  It is obviously impossible to administer acupuncture & also stay 6 feet away from a person.  We can wear masks & gloves & adhere to disinfecting guidelines, but we also don’t want to take masks & gloves away from frontline essential workers.  (I personally already had a supply of gloves & masks long before the Pandemic because some of my patients have medical conditions that make them vulnerable).  This brings us to the next question:

Is an acupuncturist an essential worker?

Here in Ireland the guidelines as to who constitutes an essential worker does have some scope to include acupuncture: A category of essential worker is “paramedical and essential therapy activities” (click through for the Irish government guidelines www.Gov.ie).  However, most acupuncturists I know have chosen to voluntarily close their clinic locations temporarily because we felt a responsibility to help flatten that curve sooner than later (it is a big decision to close your business & stop one’s income). And others who do acupuncture out of their homes should have definitely stopped.

Here is a list of some of the procedures we implemented before the major COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic Social Distancing / stay at home order restrictions.  When we reopen there may need to be further precautions such as the wearing of masks, gloves, etc. for both the Acupuncturist as well as patients :

  • We asked you to NOT come in if you are sick in any way.
  • Scheduling fertility acupuncture appointments farther apart
  • Hand washing &/ or using hand sanitiser before & after your appointment
  • For your use, we provide hand washing facilities &/ or hand sanitiser for your use before & after your appointment
  • Disinfecting door handles with disinfectant after every use
  • Using new, clean sheets in between appointments & wiping down treatment table with disinfectant after/between treatments
  • Regularly wiping down surfaces with disinfectant
  • Not shaking hands
  • Limiting body contact
  • As always, all of our needles are single use disposable: this means a new needle is taken out of a packet & then thrown away immediately after use.
  • No magazines in waiting area, wiping down waiting area seating after each use or asking you to wait a moment remaining standing (which should not be necessary as appointments are scheduled farther apart
  •  Letting you know it is ok for you to cancel a fertility acupuncture appointment at ANY time,
  • You do NOT have to give a reason for cancelling &
  • You will NOT be charged for any cancelled appointment

Reopening & Doing Acupuncture Social Distancing Style:

We may be wearing masks & gloves the next time you see us.  We are looking forward to reopening after the stay at home order Fertility acupuncture Social Distancingis lifted as well as any other restrictions that would inhibit us from safely administering Fertility Acupuncture.  Until then, listed below are a few things you can do on your own to help boost fertility & get that positive pregnancy test result, just click on the links:

Fertility Feng Shui to get pregnant: Quick changes you can make now

Fertility Prayers to get Pregnant- get the words to the famous St. Rita & St. Gerard Fertility Prayers

Fertility herbs: Black Cohosh

Fertility herbs: Vitex

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Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic
Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.