If you are trying to conceive naturally, we will review your approaches, including:
- Frequency and timing of intercourse;
- Your fertile window;
- The best methods of ovulation monitoring;
- How to keep intercourse enjoyable
Our Fertility Acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of infertility, so the advice given will be scientific, up-to-date and evidence-based.
If you haven't had any infertility investigations, we will advise you on what medical tests you may be entitled to and how to get them done.
If you've already had some tests, we will review your results. It is not unusual for us to pick up on something that's been previously overlooked or misinterpreted.
Our Fertility Acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, has been teaching advanced interpretation of infertility tests nationally and internationally to acupuncturists as well as doctors and consultants. So, she has detailed technical knowledge of all infertility tests and will talk you through them, something our patients find really helpful.
IVF AND OTHER TREATMENTS
If you've already had IVF or similar treatments, we will review how your treatment(s) went to see if there are any aspects that can be improved upon in the future. The areas we usually look into include:
- If the number and the quality of eggs was optimised;
- If the uterine lining (the endometrium) developed as well as it should;
- If the fertilisation rate was correct and, if not, if there are any additional issues that need to be addressed, e.g. sperm issues;
- Any luteal phase (the "two week wait") complications;
- The appropriateness of any "IVF add-on's".
If we find anything that was not optimally managed, we will recommend how to address these in the future.
If you've never had any reproductive treatments, we will assess if any assisted reproductive treatments are likely to benefit you and, if so, we will recommend which treatments and which clinics are likely to produce the best result for you.
As part of this review, we are always thinking about how you can give yourself the highest chance of success while keeping the cost of assisted reproductive treatment down. So, it's not unusual for us to recommend steps that will actually save you money, sometimes thousands! So, acupuncture treatment with us can pay for itself.
BARRIERS TO CONCEPTION
Everybody knows that preparation is the key to successful conception, but it can get confusing as to what is actually proven to improve fertility. So, we find that many patients, when they first come to see us, are doing "everything". This can get expensive, add to already high stress levels and, in some cases, can actually inadvertently reduce fertility.
We review all the major factors that research shows can affect conception, including correct evidence-based dietary approaches, supplements use, weight management, exercise levels, stress and anxiety, alcohol, etc.
But, don't worry, we will not give you a long list of expensive supplements to take or complicated diets to follow. We will only recommend small easy to implement changes that research shows will have the highest positive impact on your fertility.
If you or your partner have been pregnant before, certain aspects of those pregnancies can give us a clue as to why you are having current fertility difficulties. We will review these as part of your detailed assessment.
We will look into your reproductive and obstetric family history as some fertility related medical conditions can be passed on.
Acupuncture treatment is holistic, so we look at every system in your body to see if everything is working as well as it should. It's not unusual for a patient to be "fit and healthy" from a conventional medical point of view, only to have several syndromes (as they are referred to in acupuncture) that need to be treated by acupuncture.
We will also review your case for evidence of any possible underlying medical conditions that can reduce fertility and, if appropriate, we will refer you for further investigations so that they can be ruled in or out.
Once reviewed all of the these factors and analysed the role that these may be having on your fertility, we will put together a treatment plan.
In addition to acupuncture treatment, your plan may include easy to implement steps to reduce or eliminate modifiable barriers to conception, a referral for any additional tests, and recommendations regarding assisted reproductive treatments.
On request, we can summarise key recommendations in an outline report for you to refer to in the future.
Going through infertility is challenging with many ups and downs along the way. This is why we offer unlimited email support as part of our fertility acupuncture service. Whether it's a test result that you do not understand or something you read on a patients' forum that claims to dramatically improve fertility, send us an email and we will respond, usually within 24 hours.