Womens Health

Womens Health

  • Menstrural disorders
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Recovery after Childbirth
Acupuncture in Pregnancy

Fertility & Pregnancy

Acupuncture helps couples prepare for pregnancy in a number of ways. It moves us towards “balance and harmony” in order to optimise health, relaxation and wellbeing. This is useful for both men and women because good general health and feeling relaxed and happy generally has a significant effect on fertility. As acupuncturists ideally we would like to see patients early on, before they try IVF or ultimately even before they think they have a fertility problem. Sometimes gentile treatment alongside some lifestyle or dietry advice is all that is needed.

Acupuncturists know that acupuncture increases the chances of success during IVF as well as optimizing natural fertility. One study said that alongside IVF it more than doubled a womans chances of having a baby. Sixteen years ago the Paulus (2002) study demonstrated excellent results. The paper, published in Fertility and Sterility, demonstrated a 42.5% pregnancy rate in the acupuncture and IVF group verses a 26.3% success rate in the IVF group.

Trials into acupuncture are expensive to run and, unlike drugs companies who fund research to pump their products, no one stands to profit that much from promoting acupuncture. This does mean that the efficacy of acupuncture for fertility is under appreciated and not known about as widely as it should be. So acupuncture has been shown to be effective during IVF but acupuncturists and their patients know that it is probably even more effective to optimize fertility outside of IVF.

During IVF

Experience suggests that acupuncture may improve the growth of the follicles during IVF, helping to balance growth on each ovary. This will help to prepare the endometrium so that the correct thickness is achieved. Acupuncture can also reduce discomfort, constipation and bloating around egg collection; helping to prepare the body for transfer.

An additional benefit is that patients report feeling calmer and more relaxed, releasing endorphins.

Preparation for IVF

Acupuncture can be used in preparation for IVF, or in between failed IVF cycles. Men too can benefit from using acupuncture prior to and during IVF, particularly if there is male factor infertility or they have high stress levels.

Menopause

Menopause in Chinese Medicine is a time of declining Yin.

Acupuncture can treat this effectively and assist a woman with the side effects at this time of adjustment.

Help with hot flushes and the other symptoms associated with menopause.

 

PMS

Find out how acupuncture can help women who suffer with PMS pain. Click on Image.

Recovery After Childbirth

Acupuncture can really help at this time. Stacey can help with regular treatment and good advice about diet, sleep and anything else that may help.

Recovery after childbirth

What to expect when you come for treatment with me:

Acupuncture Near Me

When I first meet a client I take a full case history so I can gain as much insight as possible into their condition and how best to help them. This is because although two people may present with the same health complaint the cause of the condition is often different. So treatment is tailored to the person rather than to the condition.

There are many acupuncture points on the body and depending on your condition we may select points on your arms, legs, torso or back. After your consultation very fine needs are inserted into these points. Most people start to feel very relaxed once the needles are in.

I may also incorporate other healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Gua-Sha, using a specialist tool to help to reduce pain and inflammation, or Tui-Na (Chinese Massage).  I often use cupping, where glass or plastic cups are placed on the body in either fixed or sliding positions. Cupping can be used to release pathogens from the body, promote detoxification from tissues, relax muscles, release tension, break up congestion and strengthen the body.

After the treatment, when appropriate I will offer lifestyle advice. This is usually nutritional but can include environmental or self massage techniques that can be applied between treatments.

I am always happy to discuss acupuncture without obligation so please feel free to mail me if you have any questions.

Stacey

What to expect when you come for treatment with me:

Acupuncture Near Me

When I first meet a client I take a full case history so I can gain as much insight as possible into their condition and the best way to help them. This is because although two people may present with the same health complaint the cause of the condition is often different. So treatment is tailored to the person rather than to the condition.

There are many Acupuncture points on the body and depending on your condition they may be selected on your arms, legs, torso or back. After your consultation very fine needs are inserted into these points, at this point people usually start to feel very relaxed.

I may also incorporate other healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Gua-Sha, using a specialist tool to help to reduce pain and inflammation or Tui-Na (Chinese Massage). More commonly I use cupping where glass or plastic cups are placed on the body in either fixed or sliding positions. Cupping can be used to release pathogens from the body, promote detoxification from tissues, relax muscles, release tension, break up congestion and strengthen the body.

After the treatment, when appropriate I will offer lifestyle advice. This is usually nutritional but can include environmental or self massage techniques that can be applied between treatments.

I am always happy to discuss acupuncture without obligation so please feel free to mail me if you have any questions.