At the Initial Consultation I will take a full case history, explore diet, lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise factors, consider diagnostic tests, sperm quality, and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Whilst there are many research studies that suggest Acupuncture may help with fertility, and conception, there are also many that don't. More good quality research is required but in clinic I find patients have a very positive experience and frequently feedback that they benefit from Acupuncture.
At the Initial Consultation we will agree a treatment plan together and you will leave the clinic with lots of information, handouts, and guidance to move forward with your goal to conceive.
Sometimes our bodies may need help to optimise the window for conception, and ensure we are healthy to carry a pregnancy to full term. We will discuss possible factors affecting conception with a focus on ensuring you are aware of your fertile times. In the majority of patients I will treat with the cycle at key times, once in the follicular phase (pre ovulation), and once in the luteal phase (post ovulation). So approx. two sessions per month. There is evidence to support the use of acupuncture to help with symptoms like pain, fatigue, stress, nausea associated with endometreosis (Wayne 2008) , polycystic ovarian syndrome (Lim 2010, Feng 2012) , pre-menstrual syndrome (Samuels 2008) , and painful periods (Cho 2010) , for example.
A 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis investigated the effects of acupuncture on sub-fertile women during IVF/ICSI. It found a significant treatment effect in improving birth rates when acupuncture was used during stimulation as well as at embryo transfer, and where the no of people partaking in the research was high . Click to read
I have many years of experience working with IVF patients in the UK and NZ. Through my training I understand the Fertility Clinic protocols used for Ovulation Induction, IUI, and IVF/ICSI/IMSI, and how best to work alongside those protocols. I will support you mentally as well as physically through your treatments. When undertaking specifically timed treatments I will ensure I am always available to treat at the key times required. We will make a treatment plan to optimise your drug plan at key times in the cycle.
$160 for the Initial Consultation and Treatment (up to 2 hours), $80 for follow-up treatment (45-60 mins). Call me to discuss how I may help 022 045 5227.