Fertility problems are as likely to be associated with men as they are women, the HFEA (2008) collected data from IVF patients to find that 32.5% of causes are male factor, and 32.5% are female factor with the remaining 10.8% being multiple male and female factors and 23.1% unexplained which means that no obvious cause can be identified.
The use of acupuncture for fertility is growing for both natural and assisted conception, the benefits of which include
• Regulation of the menstrual cycle and encouraging ovulation
• Improving ovarian function to maximize the production of quality eggs
• Hormone regulation to improve the number of follicles produced
• Encouraging blood flow to the uterus to improve the thickness of the uterine lining to support implantation
• Improving the quality of sperm count, motility and morphology
• Keeping stress levels down which can have an adverse effect fertility hormones
• Making assisted conception a less draining, depleting, and stressful experience
Some women also have problems with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Endometriosis, which can have a devastating effect on fertility, and result in higher risk pregnancies. Acupuncture can be beneficial for these conditions, especially in conjunction with given dietary and lifestyle advice.
With all the stress and strain of not becoming pregnant, Sally offers a safe and comfortable space for patients to express their concerns and fears and to feel calm and relaxed. Recognizing the difficulties around scheduling appointments, especially when undergoing IVF, flexibility is key and out of hours appointments are available when necessary.
Supporting women (with or without a partner), men, or couples, Sally offers a tailored efficacious treatment and aims to offer much needed emotional support, listening without judgment, and helping people to come to terms with their situation and strengthen them at every level.
Sally has completed extensive post graduate training in gynaecology and fertility and is on the steering committee of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN), a special interest group of acupuncturists committed to on going post graduate study of gynaecology working to maintain an understanding of current treatment practices in both Western and Chinese medicine.