Natural Fertility and Assisted Conception
This clinic's unique approach starts with an in-depth evaluation to uncover any underlying factors that may be preventing you from conceiving or maintaining pregnancy. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with high FSH, as an IVF “poor responder,” had frequent miscarriages, or suffered unexplained infertility, the aim is to discover why.
This clinic views fertility with an integrated approach, basing practices on traditional Chinese medicine within western diagnostic framework.
Here you can find expert care in natural fertility, male infertility and Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART). Working hand-in-hand with you and your fertility specialists, we help you navigate your fertility journey and support you in choosing your best treatment options.
How Might Acupuncture Enhance Natural Fertility?
Improves pregnancy rates of natural conception
Regulates menstrual cycles; timing, efficiency
Regulates hormones (ie progesterone, oestrogen)
Strengthens ovulation efficiency; mucus and timing
Invigorates blood flow to all reproductive organs
Encourages production of follicles, enhances egg quality
Improves thickness of uterine wall lining
Promotes calm and relaxation
Enhances the Immune System
Helps the body naturally clear toxins
Improves Sperm Variables;
Preconception Acupuncture Programme
3-6 Month Preconception Care
Traditional Chinese medicine offers you a natural way to optimise your fertility during the critical 3-6 months before conception. These sessions can be individual, or the fullest benefits for both partners will come by adopting the preconceptual healthcare programme. By combining this programme you get diet therapy, lifestyle counselling, mind-body techniques, reflexology, and acupuncture, all designed to balance your hormones and boost your overall health and well-being.
What to look for in choosing a Reproductive Chinese Medicine specialist
It is important to ask whether the clinic or practitioner you are considering focuses their practice primarily on fertility and has had experience and additional training in Reproductive Medicine. Jess has assisted hundreds of couples for over a decade and stays active in the British Fertility Society, Acupuncture Fertility Network, InfertilityUK and more.
Recent clinical studies show that combining Acupuncture with your IVF can:
- Optimise your chances of implantation and full-term births.
- Reduce stress and help you relax before and during IVF.
- Minimise symptoms associated with ART drugs
Your options range from preconception programmes, to one or two treatments on embryo transfer day, to a course of treatments in a series, leading up to IVF transfer and continuing after. Jess's IVF Acupuncture plans strictly adhere to successfully trialed Acupuncture methods and protocols.
IVF - Acupuncture before and during
the medication phase
Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture performed before and during IVF increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. In addition, acupuncture regulates fertility hormones, which may contribute to follicle development and increased implantation. Generally recommended is at least 4 weekly sessions through one menstraul cycle before medication, then 2 sessions whilst under each medication phase. Acupuncture on Embryo Transfer day then follows - to optimise your result.
On average the success rates for IVF conception is usually 20-30%-- depending on the clinic. A recent German IVF study showed a 26% success rate was achieved for women with NO acupuncture, while a 43% success rate was achieved WITH acupuncture. Other worldwide nations have achieved similar results. Most recently a British journal report suggests Acupuncture could improve IVF success rates by up to 65%.(BMJ. 7 Feb, 2008)
More couples are turning to Acupuncture and finding amazing results, even after several failed attempts. (IVF, ICSI, IUI, FET, PGD etc)
IVF - Acupuncture Before Your Pregnancy Test
During your two week wait:
After the embryo transfer, implantation occurs between 1-4 days, depending on which day the transfer was performed - this can be a good time frame for a post IVF session to further aid implantation or calm anxiety.
A second treatment during the two weeks can support you emotionally, to ease impatience and promote relaxation during your waiting phase. Stress hormones can interfere with reproductive hormones.
Acupuncture for Embryo Transfer Day
Worldwide studies have indicated improved positive results with embryo transfer acupuncture. Treatments with Jess are always derived from research and evidence-based acupuncture protocols.
2 acupuncture sessions on embryo transfer day.
Before embryo transfer: Your first treatment is a fertility Acupuncture treatment increasing uterine blood flow and balancing hormone activity
After embryo transfer: Your second treatment is after transfer aiding implantation and reducing contractions
This protocol is the same for frozen embryo transfers (FET).
Acupuncture during this time is highly recommended by many fertility clinics worldwide and several clinics incorporate Acupuncture as part of their IVF series.
Jess will endeavour to offer flexibility for embryo transfers and has a network of timing and locations available if needed. Home visits are possible when available, at variable rates.
Fertility Reflexology & Nutrition
Following a reasonable nutrition plan and supporting your acupuncture series with gentle reflexology can be monumental in achieving true optimal health in order to achieve your goals!
Nutrition is a medicine in and of itself and becomes knowledge and good practice that you can carry with you forever. In Fertility its importance lies in balancing hormones and enhancing the body's strength. A few examples:
Proteins are the building blocks of cells and life, essential for egg development at this time.
Omegas provide both men and women enhanced hormone balance.
Zinc is among the strongest nourishment to reproductive organ function.
What is proper protein? How do you get more omegas? This is just a tiny sample of all there is to learn and practice when getting proper nutrients before, during and after conception!
Proper nutrition is paramount to success in conception. That's why only our highly trained and experienced experts guide yous and educate you to find your best options, specific to your needs.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, safe therapy with focus on pressure points on the feet or hands, enabling the body into a state of well-being and thus encouraging it to heal itself.
Fertility Reflexology involves the gentle application of pressure to the feet/hands with a special emphasis on the endocrine system and reproductive organs.
Gentle hands-on relaxation patterns release stress held in the extremities and restore free flow of energy, promoting fertility, healthy pregnancy and natural birth.