Acupuncture Treatments For All Fertility Issues
Fertility acupuncture & Chinese medicine can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as an adjunct to western medicine.
Some fertility conditions benefit from using both methods at the same time.
I am a fertility and women’s health specialist and I am passionate about helping people take charge of their bodies and optimize their fertility and have the baby they long for.
I know it can be stressful, frustrating and confusing, but together we will work to make you feel stronger, calmer and nourished. I can help you navigate your way through the storm.
High FSH / Low AMH
IVF – ICSI – IUI
Long Menstrual Cycles
No Period / Ovulation
Acupuncture for Natural Fertility
Acupuncture has been treating infertility for over 2000 years and has recently been gaining acceptance in the west as a valuable method of restoring reproductive health.
Because of its ability to relieve stress, regulate hormone levels and influence the menstrual cycle & ovulation, fertility acupuncture is the treatment of choice for “unexplained infertility”.
Fertility acupuncture is not a quick fix and treatment should last a minimum of 3-4 months, changes are gradual and benefits are great.
Planning for a Healthy Baby: routine pre-conception care
Help boost your fertility and improve pregnancy with routine pre-conception care. This consists of a course of 12 sessions designed to give you the best possible pregnancy and birth and the healthiest and brightest baby.
Acupuncture for IVF
Starting an IVF journey is a decision that no couple takes lightly. While it is an amazing opportunity to realise dreams of becoming parents, it is also a stressful and challenging journey filled with uncertainty.
It can take from upwards of three IVF cycles to get pregnant, and sometimes more to carry a pregnancy to term.
However, you can improve your chances of success in your first cycle by preparing and getting your body ready before you get started. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to improve blood flow to the uterus, reduce stress, and to improve IVF outcomes.
It’s important to optimise your chances of IVF success by bringing your best, healthiest and most fertile self to treatment.
Weekly acupuncture treatments in the lead up to your IVF cycle will support you physically and emotionally.
We will build up your energy reserves and create an optimum environment in your body for the embryo to thrive. We will come up with an holistic plan which will include diet, lifestyle and stress management.
IVF acupuncture treatments are extremely relaxing and will help you feel pro-active and feel in control of your IVF experience
When to come for treatment:
3-4 months prior
I recommend starting acupuncture 3-4 months ahead of your IVF cycle.
This is because this is how long it takes to fully mature a follicle, and how long it takes for acupuncture to have an impact on the health of the eggs that will be used in your IVF cycle.
Heathy eggs and healthy sperm are crucial for healthy embryos.
3-4 months gives time for the body to adjust to the new diet and lifestyle changes, and to repair and rebalance.
During this time, weekly acupuncture treatments will improve your wellbeing, increase nourishment to your eggs and your uterine lining, make you feel proactive in your treatment and help keep you relaxed.
This is often when we see women who had been TTC for years conceive naturally….
At the start of your IVF Cycle
While a 3-4 months preparation is ideal, in reality many women get in touch when they are about to start their treatment and there is still a lot acupuncture can do at this time to improve your chances of success.
At this stage, acupuncture treatments will focus on assisting your medicated cycle.
Minimise side effects from medication
Regulate hormone levels
Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
Optimise ovarian function
Optimise uterine lining and receptivity
Facilitate the embryo transfer
Optimise chances of implantation
Because it takes 3 months to fully complete an ovulation cycle, this is the time that can make the biggest impact on egg quality. Your body recruits these primordial follicles 3 months prior and then over the next 12 weeks, they will grow and mature until the best one is then chosen to ovulate and fertilize and become a healthy embryo. This is what 3 months working with me looks like…
Month 1 – Investigations
We start off by taking a full history of your overall health, and also your fertility journey so far. I look at all the tests you have had done up to now, like blood tests, hormone tests, partners sperm tests etc. I may ask for additional tests, like vaginal microbiome or Thyroid tests, or other tests we may need – depending on our initial findings. I also like you to start charting your temperature using a BBT chart and monitoring your cervical mucus. We will look at the length of your cycle, if and when you are ovulating, and other information we need to know. We will formulate a diet and lifestyle plan to support you and your fertility.
Month 2 – Treatments
Month two we continue with our weekly treatments but we can now use the results from the first months tests to further customize those treatments to reduce stress, improve your wellbeing, increase blood flow to nourish your eggs and uterine lining, improve the length and quality of your cycle to optimize and pinpoint your fertility window.
Month 3 – Consolidating
This is when you start to reap the rewards of your hard work in months 1 and 2. You will start to feel so much better. Your new diet and lifestyle changes, along with your acupuncture treatments will have you feeling less stressed, sleeping better, have a healthier cycle and feel more proactive in your health and fertility journey. Don’t forget, conceiving Is just the first step – you need to have a healthy mind and body to carry that pregnancy through to a healthy baby!
I would love to work with you to help support you on your fertility journey. Book a consultation with
me and we can discuss this further.
Acupuncture for Male Fertility
Did you know that men produce millions of sperm every single day? However it can take 2.5 to 3 months for these new sperm to develop.
This means that while there is constant production of sperm, it takes about 3 months for them to grow and fully mature to be able to swim and fertilise an egg.
During that 3 months timeframe, men have the ability to drastically improve their fertility and the quality of their sperm.
But as the saying goes “Nothing changes if nothing changes”. Sperm will only be healthy and able to fertilise an egg after a new batch of sperm has developed under better conditions.
Better conditions means a 3-6 months plan of acupuncture, optimum nutrition, supplements and some lifestyle changes. Acupuncture has been shown to improve count, motility and morphology.
I highly recommend for all men who want a baby to go on this plan, regardless of whether their test results come back “fine” or not.
Why? Because we can always improve sperm!
Sperm counts have declined over 50% in the last 40 years. This quite alarming. What is considered normal nowadays is less than optimal. There is always room for improvement.
Sperm is half of the equation, it’s 50% of making a baby. The healthier the sperm, the healthier the embryo. So why not produce the best sperm possible?
It will take 3 months for acupuncture, nutrition and supplements to have an effect on sperm health.
I first met Phil in late 2022 after an incredibly difficult and unfortunately not very successful first round of IVF.
Phil is so kind and knowledgeable in this area and initially sat with me and together we developed a plan to help support my recovery.
In these initial weeks the thought of doing another IVF round was unbearable however as the weeks passed and I maintained my acupuncture programme with Phil I started to feel strong enough to try again.
I am very happy to say that I have just completed a very successful second round of IVF and will continue to lean on Phil with this ongoing pregnancy journey.
I couldn’t recommend Phil more and can definitely attest to the amazing benefits of acupuncture to go hand in hand with your fertility journey.
I am very grateful to Phil for helping me through my IVF journey. I’ve attended her acupuncture
clinic regularly and I am now pregnant! Not only is Phil extremely professional and knowledgeable,
she is also incredibly kind and supportive. I don’t know how I would have managed without her.
I really recommend attending her clinic. I will continue to do so throughout my pregnancy and going
forward. Thank you Phil x
When we met Phil we were quite desperate. Trying to conceive is not as simple as they say,
especially during a pandemic.
Anyway, we had been trying for over 3 years, running expensive medical checks which turned out
useless. We were told there was nothing wrong with us, but still no baby.
Then I started acupuncture treatments with Phil and 8 months later I was pregnant! Now we have a
lovely 9 month old boy and it is only thanks to her. She went through my symptoms (I have a very
particular immune system) and there was something that all the doctors couldn’t find, but
Traditional Chinese Medicine was able to diagnose and treat, and Voila! We are super happy today.
I will never stop thanking her.