For over 15 years, I have helped couples who are interested in boosting their health as they start a family. Whether you have just decided that you’d like to become parents, or if you have found conception a struggle and are embarking on IVF or natural fertility treatment, I can work with you along the way.
With Traditional Chinese Medicine and dietary advice, I can offer a lifestyle path that will help you feel healthier, less stressed, and more revitalised at this important time. I have supported women who have struggled with fertility issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, and unexplained infertility, as well Men who have been told they have poor quality sperm.
I offer an initial assessment as well as follow-up treatments including acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle advice. It is worth keeping in mind that it takes at least 90 days for an egg to grow naturally and about six weeks to boost sperm production, so whether you are interested in natural fertility or having IVF, I recommend a minimum of three menstrual cycles treatment.
I am an affiliated acupuncturist member of the Zita West National Fertility Network for Reproductive Health and a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.
Dealing with fertility issues can be extremely stressful, and this can create a vicious cycle, impacting on your body and hormones, which in turn creates more stress. Having the chance to relax during your acupuncture treatment may help your endocrine system to work better, and I believe this could improve hormone production and your overall health, putting you in a better position to conceive.
If you are considering IVF, it would be ideal for us to begin our treatment beforehand so you can feel your best from the very start. Usually, I would advise regular weekly treatment 3 months before and during your IVF cycle, as well as the day before egg collection and on the afternoon of embryo transfer. However, we can start whenever you are ready, and we can agree on a treatment plan that suits you.
Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial lining grows outside of the womb. You may experience pain, spotting and painful intercourse, or you might not have realised you had endometriosis until you became faced with fertility issues. Whether you come to see me to help with the pain or because you’d like to start a family, I will treat you holistically by taking a full medical history and understanding how your condition affects you. Then we will discuss a treatment plan, which will include acupuncture as well as dietary advice.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a medical condition of cysts on your ovaries which can prevent you from ovulating and may affect your fertility. In traditional Chinese medicine, PCOS is defined as a damp and/or phlegm condition. If you have PCOS you may find that you have irregular menstrual cycles, have excess hair or acne, and that you struggle with your weight. Many women with PCOS have high levels of insulin, and this affects your hormone production. So when I treat PCOS with traditional Chinese medicine, I will also suggest that you try a low GI/high protein diet as well as exercise. Together we can help you find balance.
It can be extremely frustrating to be told that you are experiencing unexplained infertility. Your Western medical tests results are normal, yet you are still not conceiving. With a traditional Chinese medicine approach, I will look at the whole picture of your health, medical history and journey to fertility. Before our treatment we will discuss everything that can affect fertility, such as your menstrual cycles, your diet and lifestyle, tiredness and stress. Then your treatment will aim to help you feel more relaxed, less stressed and more balanced.
Women over 35
Whenever you are considering having a baby, it is important for your body to be as strong and receptive as possible beforehand. It can be more difficult to become pregnant over the age of 35, however, your health is more important than the date on your birth certificate. A healthy, natural lifestyle with regular exercise and a good balanced diet with few vices plus Acupuncture will support you through fertility and pregnancy.
It has been shown that for 40 per cent of couples who are struggling to get pregnant, sperm quality can be an issue. Together, we will assess your health, diet and lifestyle, and come up with a personalised treatment plan for you. If you have had a Western sperm diagnosis, we can look at it together, and discuss ways to improve areas like sperm count, movement or motility, shape or morphology and volume.
You may be surprised to hear, besides Acupuncture, about the simple changes that can have a positive effect on your sperm quality, such as:
- Taking a break from cycling
- Resting your laptop on a table rather than your lap
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Giving up smoking
- Reducing workplace stress
- Improving your diet
- Keeping your mobile phone out of your trouser pockets
Prices and Treatment Programmes
One-hour consultation & initial treatment - £40
In our first appointment, I will take a full medical history, including a tongue assessment and abdominal palpitation. Then I will give you a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis, along with an initial treatment.
I will also give you a prognosis, with an estimate of how many treatments you may need, and we will then discuss one of the treatment options below.
Pay per session
Each 45-minute session costs £35.
6-week treatment package - £195
12-week treatment package - £360
These packages also cover full dietary and nutritional support for both partners, abdominal/ovarian massage techniques and other ancillary treatments.
Note: all packages are paid upfront at the start of treatment.
Most major health insurance providers, especially Medicash and Simply Health, will reimburse you for the cost of your acupuncture treatment, but please check with your insurer before our initial appointment.
After each treatment, I will give you full documented receipts, which will allow you to apply for a refund with your insurer.
If you have any questions about acupuncture for fertility or if you would like to book an appointment in my Childwall, Liverpool or Birkdale, Southport clinic, please call 07929 014575 or email me.