Why Egg Health Is Important.

The Number of Eggs

The health of a woman’s egg is the cornerstone of her fertility. It has been a long held belief that, as women, the amount of eggs we were born with remain fixed, and decrease over time. As a woman ages the number of eggs decline. Protecting the eggs that you currently have is vital. ” Women are born with a finite number of eggs within their ovaries and as they age, both the number and qualty of the remaining eggs declines”. comments Dr Nick Raine-Fenning consultant gynaecologist and reproductive specialist at Nurture Fertility and Nottingham University Hospital.

The Cycle of an Egg

The cycle of an egg is 90 days. This is the egg’s journey towards ovulation. During this time the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. The ovaries are programmed . Just one egg grows to maturity each month and is released each cycle. This is the one chance that a woman has to conceive.

Fertility and Egg quality

There is a difference in egg quality between a 25-year-old and a 40-year old. It is more likely that an older woman doesn’t produce a quality egg each month. This is usually not discovered unless she goes for IVF. The bad news is that about 95% of 30-year-old women have only 12% of their orginal number of ovarian follicular cells which can develope into eggs and at 40 only 3% of the cells remain. This information, is according to research carried out by the University of Edinburgh.

The Good News and the Bad News

The good news is that, by the time you reach 30 you still have 88% of the approximately 600.000 original cells. Which still leaves 72,000 cells. During your early 30s your eggs can decline in quality and you might begin ovulating less frequently. By the time you reach 40 the odds drop to about 5% per cycle. according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. http://www.asrm.orgThis is why FSH, AMH and Estradiol testing are important

Health Choices

There are a number of factors for increasing the health of your eggs. Blood flow to the ovaries is key. This can decrease through lack of exercise, dehydration and thick blood. Environmental factors, stress and poor nutrition contribute to hormone imbalance. Good nutrition plays an important part too. There are many things that can be done to protect egg health prior to conception. It’s important that these are done for at least 90 days to have the optimum effect.

Egg Quality To Do List

Improve Your Blood Flow and Oxygenation: Hydrate – drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, walk and hike, have fertility acupuncture, yoga.

Take charge of your nutrition and eat foods that support egg health. The fertility superfoods such as Maca and Royal Jelly should be on the list.

Say no to: sugar, soda, non organic meats and dairy, trans fats, processed foods, cigarettes – cut down on alcohol and caffeine.

Say Yes to: Salmon, halibut, organic eggs, broccoli, dark green leafy vegetables, pumpkin seeds, berries, avocados, nuts and seeds


There are a lot out there to choose from – try not to skimp and buy those targeted for pre conception. CoQ10 has been recommended for many years, along with L-arginine.

Stress: is the big one when trying to improve your egg health. Tackling this should be an important focus because stress produces prolactin, cortisol and other hormones which can interfere with ovulation. Go for a walk or hike. Have a massage or reflexology Take up yoga. Find an acupuncturist specialising in fertility and stress.


New research on sleep published recently, has shown that looking at smartphones in the middle of the night doesn’t affect the body’s overall circadian rhythms. We had been previously told that the last thing thing we should be doing in the wee small hours is looking at our devices. Now new research challenges this belief .

Researchers directly tested how short pulses of light are processed by the brain to affect sleep. What came out of the research , is that two seperate areas of the brain are responsible for short pulses, versus long-term exposure to light. Prior to this discovery, it was thought that all information is relayed through the brain’s nucleus (SNC) which controls and synchronzes the body”s sleep/awake cycles.

The research , led by Northwestern University’s Tiffany Schmidt in the U.S. was in collaboration with the labortories of Fred Turek, The Charles and Emma Morrison, Professor of Neurobiology in Weinberg and Samer Hatar, section leader at the National Institute of Mantal Health in the U.S. Details were published in the journal eLife

A genetically modified mouse model was used in the study. Before this study it was believed that all light informatiom went through the SCN. This is a densly packed area of the hypothalamus known as the body’s circadian pacemaker.

Mice are nocturnal animals and fall asleep when exposed to light. When these mice were exposed to short bursts of light they stayed awake and their body temperature, which normally correlates to sleep, was not affected by the short-term light. This suggested that the overall circadian rhythms remained intact. Which encouraged the researchers to consider that a night of smartphone gazing doesn’t have long term consequences on the body.

Schmidt said that ” if these two effects – acute and long-term light exposure – were driven through the same pathway, then every minor light exposure would run the risk of completely shifting our body’s circadian rhythms. Because it is now know that the light response follows multiple pathways more work, Schmidt acknowledges, is needed to map these pathways. This in turn will give researchers more information on how to change light exposure to increase expose for those who need it most such a night shift workers in different occupations.

” We want people to feel alert while they are exposed to light without getting the health risks that are associated with shifted circadian rhythms, such as diabetes, depression and even cancer”, Schmidt said.



Mostly women of child bearing age are effected by it, although it can occur in women who have been through the menopause and have had a hyterectomy. The endometrium is the tissue lining the inner cavity of the womb. It was once thought to be the same as the endometrium which a woman sheds each month in the form of a period. We now know that there are differences.

Endometriosis is an endometrial like tissue located outside the uterus. It happens when small pieces of tissue from the inner lining of the womb become attached outside the womb to the bowel, bladder, falopian tubes and the lining of the abdomen. The disease is abnormal tissue contaiing endometrial glands and stroma which secrete substances that irritate the surrounding tissue. The immune system responds by releasing inflammatory protens causing swelling and inflammation. It is one of the most common gynaecological diseases and can be difficult to diagnose for many women. Sometimes there are no painful symptoms and the condition is only discovered during fertility investigations.


The number one symptom is pelvic pain, similar to menstrual pain but far worse.The other symptoms are:

Very painful, heavy and sometimes irregular periods.

Pain during or after sex

Pain with bowel movements


Cyclical blood in the urine

Fertility issues

You might also experience diarrhea, constipation or bloating.


It is one of the leading causes of infertility. However, it is estimated that up to 70% of women with the condition will be able to conceive.


There are treatments available to mange the condition but there is currently no cure; Ibuprofen, hormonal treatment and surgery. Surgery offers a good opportunity to have a pain free life and remove all of the tissue in the affected areas. Acupuncture is often used to treat endometriosis as it balances hormones.

Research carried out in Tongji University Hospital China, comparing drug therapy with acupuncture, found acupuncture was more effective than hormone drug therapy. The findings demonstrated that acupuncture relieved menstrual pain and reduced the size of pelvic masses and also reduced the recurence rate. Clinical Observation of Acupunctute -moxibustion for Endometriosis, Shanghai Journal of Moxibustion , 2017.

A recent study at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh, found the cause of endometriosis pain to be a type of white blood cell called macrophages that have undergone changes due to the condition. Senior study author Dr Erin Greaves stated that “we’re trying to find non-hormonal solutions”. It is understood that this new study was to determine “the mechanistic role of macrophages in producing pain associated with endometriosis.” And it is hoped that this will pave the way to non-hormonal treatments.


DO I HAVE PCOS ? (Poylcystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Some of the symptoms are:

Difficulty in becoming pregnant

Weight gain or difficulty in loosing weight

Acne or oily skin

Irregular periods or none at all

Excess body or facial hair

Less hair on the head

Symptoms vary from one woman to the next, and vary in terms of whether they are mild or severe..


This is believed to be a very common condition related to hormones in which the ovaries don’t always release an egg at the end of the menstrual cycle. This indicates that hormone levels are not balanced and can lead to difficulty in getting pregnant. If you have polycystic ovaries your ovaries will be slightly larger than normal and you may have many more follicles.


It’s not aways evident, especially for women with mild symptoms. If a woman is having trouble becoming pregnant , her weight fluctuates and a she cannot be sure when her next period is due. These factors can indicate that polycystic ovaries might be present. The contraceptive pill can stop you noticing you have PCOS. A transvaginal scan will show polycystic ovaries. Blood results will show if you have excess levels of testorone.


You are more likely to have it if your mother, sisters or aunts had the condition.

You have higher level than normal of testosterone, which is often manifested in an increase in facial or body hair.

You are insilun resistant.


Talk to your GP and get a referral to a gynaecologist

Start having acupuncture treatment

You will be advised by both your doctor and acupuncturist to loose weight, eat healthily and exercise. This alone could help, but be patient and allow at least three months.

If after that time you still haven’t ovulated, there are medical options that you will be offered by the gynacologist.:

Clomfiene/Clomid which stimulateds the ovaries to release eggs.

Metaformin to correct insulin resistance.

If the above medication doesn’t work gonadotrophins might be offered. This is a fertility drug and can overstimulate the ovaries. Regular scans will be able to check on developing follicles.

Surgery – a laparoscopy. To kill the tissue on the ovaries that is producing the testosterone.

IVF- the egg is retrieved, fertilized and transferred ack into the uterus.


Medically treatment successes vary. But most women with PCOS are able to have a baby with fertility treatment. For women under 35 the success rates are higher.

Acupuncture successfully regulates hormone, studies show, and increase ovarian blood flow in women with PCOS. Producing significant greater improvement when combined with usual medical care.

Ref: GU Yunxia, Li Jun, Penying (2018) “Effect of Acupuncture Combined with Western Medicine on Hormone Level and Ovarian Blood Flow in Infertile Woen with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine Vol.22 (25)pp3588-3590

How long does it take to get pregnant?


How long does it take to become pregnant?

How long does it take to become pregnant? This is a familiar question that I am asked at my Dublin fertility acupuncture clinic. Some women get pregnant quickly if they are having sex regularly, every two to three days and time sex around ovulation. According to medical statistics, eight out of ten couples where women is aged under 40 will get pregnant by one year. Nine out of ten couples will get pregnant within two years.

Is time running out for me to have a baby?

It is a known fact that fertility declines with age and this declines even further over the age of 35. Largely because the number of eggs decrease. After the age of 40 it becomes harder and women are often offered IVF treatment as an option. One study showed that .

7 out of 10 women aged 30 will conceive within one year.

6 out of 10 women aged 35 will conceive within one year.

About 4 out of 10 women aged 40 will conceive within one year.

How can I improve my fertility?

There are a number of things that you can do to improve your fertility. You can make some lifestyle choices by: being active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, cutting down on caffeine, if not altogether, avoiding alcohol and drugs. If you are chosing the natural pregnancy option acupuncture treatments on a weekly basis for at least 12 weeks will help balance the endocrine system, improve the blood flow to the uterus and increase womb lining.

How do I increase my chances my chances of becoming pregnant?

Having sex every 2-3 days will give you the best chance. That way there should be sperm waiting when the egg is released. An active sex life is sometimes all that a couple need to conceive. But if this isn’t possible you need to have an idea when you might be ovulating. This usually happens between 10 and 16 days before the start of your next period. Make a note in your calendar the dys that you bleed during your period and then count how many days from the frst day of your period to the next period to work out the length of your cycle. Have sex in the days leading up to ovulation and continue during ovulation.

How do I know when I am ovulating?

You can buy an ovulation predictor kit from chemists or on Amazon e.g. Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test that are simple to use. They can detect a hormone in your urine that increases when ovulation is about to take place. The simplest kit tests the lutenising hormone (LH) which increases 24-36 hours before ovulation. This will halp to identify the best two days for conception, although it is possible to be fertile a day or two before and after this time. The kit can be especially useful if your periods are irregular. Acpuncture treatment helps to regulate a cycle. Or you can download an App to your phone e.g. Fertility Friend – there are a number of app options available.

Be aware of cervical mucus. Mucus is secreted throughout the menstrual cycle. It begins as a sticky white supstance and gradually becomes thinner and clearer. Before and during ovulation the amount of mucus increases and becomes much thinner, slippy and stretchy like a raw egg white. This elps sperm to swim through.

Some women prefer to use temperature charts. This can be a useful tool which is used at exactly the same time each morning and shows when your temperature rises by about 0.2c when ovulation has taken place. Sometimes though women find charts stressful to use and can create a buildup of anxiety.

How can I tell if I am infertile?

Usually if a couple haven’t managed to get pregnant within a year it means something isn’t right. Make an appointment with your GP and have blood tests to check your hormone levels. Have tests to see how well your ovaries might respond to fertility drugs and an examination to see if your fallopian tubes are blocked. Infertility is not a word a couple like to hear but it’s always best to know what the problem is and what the available options are. Both your and your partner should be offered tests There are a number of causes for infertility or reduced fertility: Endometriosis, Poor egg quality, PCOS, fallopian tube problems, poor sperm quality, age, premature ovarian insufficiency, unexplained infertility.

What are my medical options?

Drugs such as Clomid to help with ovulation

Surgery to treat abnormalities such as endometriosis and tube blockages

ART/IVF to include donor or egg sperm if necessary

Drug treatments can cause a stress on the body and can induce anxiety. That is why it is advisable to have acupuncture treatment to run in tandem to both complement medical protocols and relieve anxiety and lack of sleep.

Acupuncture for Frozen Shoulder.

Acupuncture for frozen shoulder and pain generally, has been the subject of research for a number of years. Carried out by a highly qualified licensed practitioner, acupuncture treatment has proved effective for both pain reduction and mobility. Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder of the connective tissue in the rotator cuff region where there is pain inflammation and motor impairment.

The high quality contolled trials were carried in both the United States, Germany the UK and China. These include the Department of Epidemology and Biostatistics at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, The University of York, The Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, the Ruhr-University Bochum (Orthopedic Surgery and Research) and the University of Southhampton.

Current research, by Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, carried out trials on two groups. One group was treated with acupuncture alone and the other with a combination of both acupuncture and moxibustion. The results showed that both approaches were effective in reducing pain and improving shulder functiom. But patients had a 93.10% effective rate when acupuncture was combined with moxibustion. The moxibustion was applied immediately after the acupuncture treatment and administered for 40-50 minutes. A 75.86% effective rate was recorded when patients only received acupuncture.

For the study, a total of 60 patients were recruited. In Group there were 13 men and 16 women aged between 46 & 72. Group 2 comprised of 14 men and 15 women aged between 44 & 75 years of age. Patients received two courses of treatment daily , lasting five days each with a two day break between each course.

Gao Ling, Li Xiao, Wang Dong-bin, Du Mei-lu, Xie Jin, Gao Xi-yan (2019) ” Clinical trial of treatment of frozen shoulder by intensive moxibustion plus acupuncture” Acupuncture Research Vol. 44 (4) pp. 297-301

Acupuncture for Fertility

ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY has been accumulating positive news during the last number of years. There have been numerous articles written on the subject. The Irish Times, for example, published an article in May 2017 written by an acupuncturist, entitled ‘Acupuncture – can it help pregnancy?’ this chronicled the way in which acupuncture can make a difference Published articles on the subject and trial based research is helpful to both the practitioner and the patient. The acupuncturist can choose to select the protocols used in research to support her/his practice and can also pass on general information to the patient to confirm the efficacy of acupuncture for conception.


Acupuncture clinical research carried out as far back as 2010 created a media buzz in New York, when the lead investigator and co-director, Maikin Nedergard of the Centre for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Centre stated that, “We have produced the first evidence that acupuncture releases a natural pain relieving molecule into the body.. Adenosine is a key to reducing pain during acupuncture treatment.” While this research hadn’t any direct relevance to fertility acupuncture, it came as a valid endorsement from the medical establishment as to the validity of acupuncture as a treatment.

What the scientists said

The best way to explain this, was to outline the function of adenosine . Adenosine both blocks pain transfer, but also promotes sleep due to the part it plays as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It functions as an antiarrhythmic agent and it not only blocks pain transfer but also promotes sleep because of its role as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It is responsible for helping individuals transform from an abnormal to a normal heart rhythm.

This discovery helped to understand how acupuncture functions from a western medical perspective. While not claiming that acupuncture can contribute towards fertility treatment in this research, it demonstrated how acupuncture alters bodily and brain function. Around about the same time as this news was released Celine Dion created an additional media flurry when she stated that she used acupuncture to help her get pregnant. There is an accumulation of scientific data since then showing how acupuncture produces significant improvements in menstrual regularity, restores ovulation pattern regularity, regulates hormonal secretions and normalises basal body temperatures and increases embryo survival rates.



Fertility acupuncture research carried out in 2013 by the Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Ruikang Hospital which is an affiliate of Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, concluded that acupuncture is a successful treatment for infertility. For this study, forty cases were researched using a standard protocol of electroacupuncture treatment with moxibustion. Based on the pregnancy rate in a follow up visits the effective rate was 85%.

Researchers measured the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on anovulatory infertility . It was found, that following the treatment regime FSH, LH and E2 levels improved. The thickness of the endometrium increased as well as the follicle diameter.

In a published report in 2016 titled The Effects of Acupuncture on the Endometrium in Anovulatory Cases Treated by Clomiphene: A Clinical Observation it stated that the combination of acupuncture and clomiphene combined produced significantly higher rates than using drugs as stand alone medication. Acupuncture, when combined with drug therapy increaded more positive results with reduced side effects according to this source.


In 2014 The Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital in Puyang City tested a four part Traditional Chinese Medicine protocol in restoring fallopian tube effectiveness for pregnancy.

Research and Improvement rates

The research showed that the acupuncture and herbal medicine group outperformed the control group receiving medication. Two hundred patients with fallopian tube obstruction were chosen. The group receiving medications had a total effective rate of 68%. The group receiving acupuncture and herbal medicine had an effective rate of 90%. The pregnancy rate varied between the acupuncture and herbs group and the medication. There was a 65% rate for acupuncture and herbs and a 38% pregnancy rate for the medication group.

References: Ding L, Wang PJ, Zhu Sm, Liu GY & Cao CL (2014) Clinical Study on the treatment of fallopian tube obstructive infertility with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Modern journal of integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine. 23 (17)


Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospial of Hengfeng County researchers compared the results of acupuncture and drug therapy in treating PCOS.

A total of 124 women diagnosed with infertility due to PCOS. were selected. The patients in the control group were treated with conventional drug therapy, and the acupuncture group received a combination of drug therapy and acupuncture treatment.Outcomes of the study included quantifying levels of hormones estradiol, FSH, LH and prolactin. Ovarian blood flow was also measured.

After the treatment, which was administered daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by seven days over a period of six months, the results demonstrated that acupuncture integrative care provides significant benefit for women with PCOS related infertility, including improvements in the regulation of hormone levels and ovarian blood flow.

Reference: Gu Yunxia, Li Jun, Zheng Pengyng (2018)”Effect of Acupuncture Combined with Western Medicine on Hormone Level and Ovarian Blood Flow in Infertile Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” Chinese Journal of Intergrative Medicine Vol.22(25) pp. 3588-3590

Previous research carried out on the efficacy of acupuncture and herbal medicine for treating PCOS at the Hubei Maternal Childcare Service Centre One hundred and twenty patients were chosen to participate in the study. They had been diagnosed with PCOS between January 2012 and December 2016 . The group using drugs and herbal medicine had a total 85.0% success rate. When acupuncture was added to the group, that rose to 95%. Each treatment course spanned three months. Two treatment courses were given to each patient. The study also concluded that acupuncture and herbs are safe and effective and produce no side effects.

References: Yin Y, Zhang H, Jiang DS, Guo GR Clinical therapeutic effects of acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine on infertility of polycystic ovary syndrome in the patients with ovulation induction with letrozole. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, January 2018, Vol. 38 No.!


Acupuncture for fertility has performed well for both the treatment of PCOS and Fallopian Tube Obstruction. Both as a stand alone treatment or integrated into western medicine protocols. The research is ongoing and findings are continually updated and in much more detail than covered in this article..

Fertility Wellness – One Day Workshop






A one day workshop on the holistic approach to pregnancy and the different complementary approaches that are available to create a healthy body and mind for conception. Meditation, relaxing exercises and Indian Head Massage are also included in the package

Complimentary health professionals and coaches will be talking to you about how you can maintain optimum health for the best possible outcome . There wll be practical, easy to follow handouts. accompanying the workshop. You will find out how, by making lifestyle changes, learning visualisation techniques, goal setting and having a nutritional balance plan, you will be giving your body the best possible chance for pregnancy.

You will also learn how acupuncture protocols target different stages of a woman’s cycle to help create a favourable fertile environment. We will discuss how it can, along with meditation and massage dramatically reduce anxiety and stress, and improve sleep patterns.

As part of the package of what we hope will be an inspiring and informative day, there will be Guided Meditation and Indian Head Massage in the afternoon.

Schedule Sunday June 17 2018

9.30 – 10.30 – with Liz Ellicott Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Liz has been treating women with fertility issues for over 13 years and has dealt with a wide variety of problems in that area. She considers that it’s important for a woman to be aware of her fertile time and will explain why. Because it takes 90 days for a woman’s egg to fully mature, she will discuss the importance of setting aside as much time as possible before conceiving. She will give you advice on how best to approach pregnancy holistically; how to apply the ancient Chinese laws of Yin Yang to balance your daily life; how to successfully overcome stress; and will tell you how TCM targets specific times during the menstrual cycle to boost fertility. Liz will also discuss the different complimentary treatment options that are available for women planning a family.

10.30 -11.00 Refreshments

11.00-12.30 – with Health Wellness and Nutritional Coach Jessica Mitton

As a Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coach, Jessica is passionate about helping people realise their goals through an approach that is holistic and realistic

Jessica will talk to you about how to prepare your body with the end goal of pregnancy in mind. She will give you easy to use tools and handouts on how to manage your nutrition, lifestyle, sleep and stress .

Research show us that the reproductive body can be boosted by absorbing the right amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. Egg health, sperm health, hormonal function, blood health and feotal development all depend on having the right nutrition. I

Knowing the right foods for fertility is not as difficult as you might think and it can be fun introducing new foods. Jessica will talk to you about how some foods have specific nutrients needed for egg health, sperm health, hormonal function, blood health and feotal development.

12.30-13.00 – Relaxing breathing and Qi Gong meditation techniques- with Liz Ellicott TCM Practitioner

Qi Gong is the ancient self-healing system designed for health . Qi is the Chinese word for life energy, the animating power that flows through everything. Working with this life energy improves health in both mind and body. We will do some simple, uncomplicated exercises that you can easily do at home. No experience is required and you don’t have to be fit. The exercises are safe to do while a woman is trying to get pregnant and benefits blood, vitality and posture.

Lunch (included) 13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.00 Meditation – with Holistic Therapist Renata Avenando

Experienced in working in the wellness and fitness industry, Renata has exceptional skills in massage and guided meditation. You will complete the session feeling calmer and more centred in both mind and body. She will show you how simple and uncomplicated meditation can be and how you can include it in your daily life. There is a body of very well documented scientific research showing the benefits of meditation to both mind and body. Medition lessens worry, anxiety, fear and depression in mothers to be

15.30 – 16.00 – How to plan your diet – with Nutritional Coach Jessica Mitton

Jessica will talk to you about how some simle easy to cook recipes can make such a difference – as well as being fun and easy to prepare,


16.00 – 16.15 Tea Break

16.15-17.30 Indian Head Massage – with Holistic Therapist Renata Avenando

Indian Head Massage applies pressure to the points of the upper back, arms and shoulders that releases muscles and knots. It assists with a variety of problems, migraines, back pain, anxiety and depression. It detoxifies the body by stmulating lymphatic drainage, it stimulates the flow of blood and renews energy levels. Linked to the Ayurvedic concept of Chakras, Indian Head Massage has been practiced for thousands of years by healers in India. it has a powerful effect in restoring balance within the body.

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Three Month Fertility Plan

My Three Month Fertility Plan is well worth considering when considering acupuncture for fertility, planning.  I always stress that it is  important to begin as early as possible. Three to six months is  the crucial time span for the development of the human egg.  Because only the best of your eggs make it for selection to join the final group of antral follicles waiting at the beginning of your cycle. The healthiest of eggs are then selected for ovulation and possible conception.

Acupuncture treatments should be planned for  at least  90 days in order to  provide a healthy environment for your eggs before trying to conceive , because it takes 90 days for an egg to  fully mature. During this time, before the egg reaches full maturation,  the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation.  Everyone has different time constrains  of course, but it’s worth bearing in mind  that  your chances of conception are increased when you give your body the time to maximise  your reproductive health.ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY 

I have a programme designed to help your body’s energies and prepare you for conception. Each patient is assessed on an individual basis. Regardless of whether you are  just embarking on planning a baby naturally, or have a specific problem impeding your chances of becoming pregnant and are attending an IVF Clinic, there will be a plan for you which will  help you to increase your chances .

An Overview of what to expect from the Three Month Fertility Plan:


1. Knowing the right foods to eat for fertility

2. How to change your shopping list to organic foods.

3. Awareness of healthy and non healthy fats.

4.Veggies to prioritise.

5. Easy to follow recipes.

6. Supplement advice for that extra boost



Acupuncture plays a significant part in the Three Month Fertility Plan. Acupuncture for FertilityPatients can expect weekly/fortnightly  treatments. Acupuncture increases natural fertility considerably because it helps the body to restore endocrine harmony. It improves circulation to the reproductive organs. Blood flow in the uterine artery is significantly increased after a series of eight acupuncture sessions . Acupuncture also increases endometrial receptivity, improves follicular environment and increases the  chances of pregnancy.  It also treats imbalances which  decreases the chances of pregnancy, such as PCOS, Endometriosis ,  Luteal Phase and FSH defects, hormone imbalance and unexplained infertility. Acupuncture is a safe and effective and supportive for patients having IVF.

Acupuncture for Fertility


Almost everyone leads a busy life. This is the time  that you need take a step back and find time to relax and chill. Limiting stress in your life is important. Make sure your partner is sharing the chores. Create special quiet moments just for you.Take exercise that is pleasurable but not taxing.  Make sure you get enough sleep. You need this time to keep your body in balance. We will discuss the various ways in which you can become more relaxed and less stressed.

Acupuncture has a simple effective way of eliminating stress and restoring good sleep.


A rested mind and body is essential at any time in life, regardless of whether you are planning a baby. If poor sleep is an issue, now is the time to put that right. My way of making sure you get a good nights sleep will make a significant difference at this important time.  This  simple way of helping you get a good night’s sleep will be available right through your pregnancy acupuncture sessions.

HEALTH INSURANCE – Most insurance companies will  partially cover up to 12 acupuncture sessions depending on the level of cover. Check with your insurance company.

Sleep Soundscapes

World Sleep Day on Friday March 16 saw the launch of the Sleep Better  CD,  by touring DJ, music producer, composer and sleep coach Tom Middleton. After touring 49 countries over 28 years as a music producer and international DJ, Tom Middleton has worked with some of the biggest names in the world of music. Suffering from sleep deprivation, curiosity led him to delve deeper into the world of neuroscience and psychology and eventually train as a Sleep Science Coach. He has consulted with many experts in that field and uses the most up to date body of research literature as the basis of the CD.


Sleep Better should be played one hour before going to bed.  It is a series of soundscapes that are designed to ease the brain into switching off and preparing for sleep. The soundscapes help the mind and body decelerate through rhythmic entertainment and exposure to psychoacoustic ambient sound techniques. These  have been shown to reduce heart rate, respiratory rate and lower blood pressure.


We are told  by experts that sleep deprivation has become a modern epidemic. I certainly see a lot of people with sleep problems in my Clinic – Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for solving the issue. To be able to have a good night’s sleep should not be a luxury, it should be the norm. We are informed that the  Sleep Better CD is far superior to anything else like this on the market. I have said many times how long term sleep problems can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems right across society. This CD is very welcome indeed.