Today acupuncture has become the go to treatment for those wishing to optimise natural conception or support assisted conception and IVF.
Perhaps you know that you will soon be trying to conceive and wish to do all you can to prepare for a healthy pregnancy; or perhaps you hope to conceive straight away, either naturally or through IVF. Some women come to me following miscarriage or to manage conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis and menstrual irregularities. I also offer acupuncture as preparation for IVF, or in between failed IVF cycles.
Men can also benefit from using acupuncture to support their fertility.
Wherever you are in your journey I will do the best I can to support you. I have completed post graduate training in both fertility acupuncture and acupressure and know how to use them to their best effect.
What Acupuncture Can Hope to Achieve
• Regulate hormones and the menstrual cycle
• Improve endometrium quality, thickness and receptivity
• Reduce side effects of fertility medication
• Improve sperm motility and quality, and increase sperm count
• Support erectile function
• Support relaxation and reduce stress
Your First Appointment
Each patient is individual and support for each person will be tailored specifically for them. The approach is holistsic and I generally start by asking you to tell me your story and follow that with questions about physical and lifestyle factors affecting your fertility. Age, details of your menstrual cycle, previous pregnancies, miscarriages, family history and diet are all considerations, as well as your emotional and medical/reproductive health.
It may be that some testing or further investigations are appropriate or you may have recent test results or scans you can bring with you. If you have been charting your basal body temperature (BBT) you can bring the results. If not, and it is relevant to your situation, I can advise you on how to track ovulation and learn more about your cycle.
With fertility the initial consultation can sometimes take up to an hour. In these cases your first treatment is given on the second visit.