I went for acupuncture with Lindsay after two consecutive miscarriages last year. I was physically and emotionally devastated and exhausted, but Lindsay treated me with such unrelenting empathy and understanding. She is very genuine and knowledgeable and took my aim of a successful pregnancy very seriously and treated me systematically varying to suit my needs on the day.
I am very uncomfortable with needles and have very sensitive skin, but she was very compassionate and allowed me to take it at my own pace. After three months, she had a sixth sense I was pregnant before I even told her. 9 months later (with ongoing support from Lindsay) came a wonderfully healthy 9lb 4oz baby girl! I credit it all to Lindsays help,
and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Fertility is a complex subject area as there are so many aspects to consider, some may struggle to conceive in the first place, others may be struggling with recurrent miscarriages, whilst others may be pursuing IVF to conceive. For many, the process can be very frustrating and emotional.
My own fertility issues introduced me to acupuncture after being diagnosed with endometriosis and having a series of heartbreaking miscarriages. It helped me to recover my health & supported me through two successful pregnancies despite having hyperemesis gravidarum with my second child & severe post natal anxiety.
My aim is to support you in your fertility journey, to support your choices and wishes & to maximise your ability to conceive through balancing the bodies natural cycles, all whilst nurturing your sense of well being throughout your experience.
Initially, we look at your menstrual cycle to address any imbalances and irregularities. A useful way to do this is through analysing BBT charts as this allows us to monitor changes and progress within the different phases of the cycle.
In order to get the best results, the fertility service I provide often involves a combination of acupuncture, bio-resonance therapy and nutritional advice.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is beneficial to help prepare your body for conception - both assisted conception & natural conception. Many people choose acupuncture because they would like to avoid assisted conception, some because they have heard it is a beneficial support during assisted conception, and others because they have tried everything else and want to fully explore all the options that may help them to conceive.
Wherever you are in your fertility journey, acupuncture may be an excellent way to help to bring you into better balance.
MANAGING STRESS & REDUCING CORTISOL
A calm emotional state is very important for healthy conception. Trying to conceive may be fraught with many conflicting emotions ranging through hope, frustration, anger, guilt, sadness, grief not to mention fear... a veritable rollercoaster.
Balance is the key word. The constant emotional switching can be very disruptive to hormonal feedback loops. By allowing your body to relax during your treatment, you may aid the endocrine function to bring your hormones into better function.
It is vitally important to recognise the role that stress has to play in the conception process and how you can benefit from acupuncture during pre-conception.
When we experience stress, our reproductive hormones, amongst other things, can shut down. Stress over a sustained period of time can have significant impact on our sexual function and our fertility.
When cortisol levels remain too elevated this may develop into sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, tension headaches and may easily manifest as gynaecological dysfunction.
Recent well published research has suggested that women who received acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer significantly increased their success rates. This may be to do with the effect that acupuncture has to relieve stress, aiding the body's positive hormone balances and potentially improving the receptivity for implantation.
Stress can also be an important factor in male fertility issues.
//WHAT WE TREAT
FEMALE FERTILITY ISSUES
Assisted/IVF conception support
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Menstrual cycle irregularities
MALE FERTILITY ISSUES
40% of fertility issues are due to male infertility such as:
Low sperm count
Issues with sperm morphology
Issues with sperm motility
//WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?
Research has shown that acupuncture can influence health by:
Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of gonadotrophin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary.
Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs - stress also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop.
Increases blood flow to the uterus, improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
Counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) - PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS.
Lowering scrotal temperature.
by improving sperm maturation in the epididymis, increasing testosterone levels, and reducing liquid peroxidation of sperm.
//WHAT TO EXPECT
FEMALES: The menstrual cycle has 4 phases which require different treatment principles, therefore initially weekly treatments are recommended in order to regulate each different phase. It should be expected to need weekly treatments for 3 full menstrual cycles (10-12 treatments) in order to rebalance the cycle and prepare your body for pregnancy.
MALES: Most of the male fertility issues relate to sperm production which has a 64 days cycle. Therefore 3 months of weekly/fortnightly treatments should be expected before any re-testing.
Everyone is unique and some may require longer and some less, if you have questions please speak to us for clarification.