Around half of the couples we see at the clinic are looking to conceive naturally. Some have started trying relatively recently and others may have already explored other options. Some patients are looking to conceive their first child, while others may be having difficulties having subsequent children. For female patients, the Chinese medicine approach will take a detailed look at the menstrual cycle in order to identify where improvements can be made. In conjunction with blood tests, scan results or Western diagnosis this leads us to a treatment plan. Similarly for men, the overall health is looked at to see what impact it is having on the quality of the sperm production. In practical terms we will see a number of recognised conditions in the clinic, including:
- Unexplained infertility
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Immmunological fertility
- Non ovulation/Amenorrhea
- Sperm quality
Fertility Acupuncture is the most commonly used adjunctive therapy to IVF with many clinics recommending it alongside treatment. Used predominantly to increase success rates, it can also been useful in helping support couples as they go through what can be a challenging the process. While acupuncture works to aid implantation rates and subsequent healthy pregnancy in assisted conception, IUI and donor egg cycles can be supported in a similar way.
Fertility medicine has many ‘grey’ areas and leading consultants frequently have conflicting views on diagnosis and how to address treatment. We are able to discuss all potential options, not only the ones that we provide at the clinic, so clients have a good understanding of their choices. We believe that the more patients know, the more able they are to make the informed choices that will get them to their goal as quickly as possible.