Supporting natural fertility
I work with patients to support and boost Natural Fertility. This is a broad area and includes patients at the start of their fertility journey who have decided to start a family and want to improve their reproductive and overall health. I also work with patients who have been trying to conceive for some time and not managed to get pregnant yet or experienced multiple miscarriages and have not been able to carry a baby full term.
Making sense of what is happening
There can be confusion surrounding the label Unexplained Infertility. Test results may indicate everything is ok and very often people are told to go away and keep trying to get pregnant. Sometimes people have a gut feeling that something isn’t quite right but don’t know what to do next. This is where I can help. I can help you make sense of your test results; understanding what they mean and how they relate to your fertility.
Sometimes, even though hormone levels are in range, acupuncture and lifestyle changes can optimise these so you can get and stay pregnant. If you haven’t had any blood tests or investigations, I discuss with you which tests and investigations are may be necessary to understand your body better and what may or may not be happening for you.
We work together closely and I explain what optimal hormone levels are and creating the right conditions and environment for a healthy pregnancy.
Then we use a combination of acupuncture, dietary advice and lifestyle changes to impact on and support your hormone and immune system. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine theory look to optimise your menstrual cycle and overall health. We work alongside conventional medicine to best understand what is happening and bring your body back into balance.
Menstruation: your body’s natural cleanse
Monthly menstruation is a natural, and necessary, not just for your fertility but you overall health. Period blood eliminates toxins and excess hormones and a healthy period is required to allow a healthy endometrial lining regrow and support a healthy pregnancy. Some women say they have not experienced regular, healthy cycles in many years. Different factors can contribute to this such as contraception and hormone imbalances that alter and stunt the body’s natural menstrual flow. For some women unsupportive lifestyle choices can prevent or restrict a natural menstrual rhythm.
Optimising your menstrual cycle
We work together for you to attain an optimal menstrual cycle. Ideally, your regular bleed will involve no or little pain, minimal abdominal distension, no constipation or loose stools, no clotting or mid-cycle spotting or headaches and mood swings. You experience healthy and balanced vaginal discharge throughout the month as your hormone balance naturally changes. This is the menstrual cycle we work towards and sadly for some women this is very different to what they currently experience.
I use theory from the Natural Fertility Awareness method and the Billings Method to help you understand and recognise different phases of your cycle i.e. Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal, Pre-menstrual & Menstrual. Then you recognise when your body is most fertile and is ovulating and can time intercourse most effectively. You have increased confidence knowing and understanding your body and its natural rhythms.
Acupuncture: supporting natural fertility
The amount of eggs you are born with is finite. Although your DNA cannot be changed, Acupuncture can support your fertility by optimising conditions for pregnancy. It does this in different ways including regulating your menstrual cycle, increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs, supporting reproductive hormone and Endocrine balance and maximising the conditions for successful conception and implantation. Acupuncture helps you sleep better, relax and de-stress. All of these support your body for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
What can I expect from acupuncture treatment?
We work together at supporting your fertility and rebalancing your hormone levels. Acupuncture also promotes healthy immune function and support your Mind-Body connection. The importance of diet and metabolic function are discussed and links between fertility, hormones, exercise, overall health and energy levels. We work to target treatment to support Western diagnosis and the with blood tests and investigations to understand and maximise your fertility. Conditions which can impact on fertility and successful pregnancy include:
- Unexplained infertility
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Fibroids & CystsReproductive
- Immunology Issues
- Male Factor Infertility
A typical course of Acupuncture to support fertility is weekly or fortnightly for between 3 and 6 cycles but this varies from patient to patient and for certain conditions. This makes the treatment results more successful. We need this time working together to make changes to underlying health conditions and implement dietary and lifestyle changes. One of the strengths of Acupuncture is individualised treatment. It is only when I understand your current health and imbalances, I can best support you through your fertility treatment.Book an Appointment