My interest in fertility goes back to my own attempts to conceive in the early 2000’s. At that time I knew nothing about complementary therapies and it didn’t occur to me to seek support in this area. However, an enlightened gynaecology consultant suggested that I give reflexology a try and I was hooked…and a few months later I was pregnant! This interest led to me subsequently training first in reflexology and later in acupuncture. As a practitioner, I have a particular interest in working with couples who are trying to conceive, either naturally or with help from assisted reproductive techniques. I treat a lot of women who are going through IVF or IUI cycles. Many of them continue to come for treatment once they are pregnant and we tend to form a very special bond together.
Here are some comments from one of my fertility patients:
"When I booked in to see Caroline, I had no knowledge of acupuncture or what it could do for me, but she put me at ease straight away. I found comfort and release each week in her capable hands. Although attending for the benefits of fertility, I found myself relieved of my anxiety and panic attacks which I had suffered with for years. Now pregnant after a successful IVF cycle, I couldn’t think of a better way to ease my body and mind ready for my new arrival".
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Both acupuncture and reflexology can be used in the context of fertility work and I’m very happy to chat through with patients the merits of either option.
Acupuncture offers drug-free relief for many ailments commonly regarded as part of a normal pregnancy, such as morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, anaemia, insomnia, anxiety/depression, oedema, sciatica and symphysis pubis pain.
As the pregnancy nears its term, acupuncture can be used as a routine pre-birth treatment to prepare women to have the most efficient childbirth possible. Once a pregnancy has gone past the due date, acupuncture may be used in an attempt to promote labour.
Moxibustion (another aspect of Chinese Medicine which involves the use of a herb called moxa) can be used to attempt to turn breech babies or those presenting in a posterior position.
Acupuncture post-birth and in the weeks that follow can be helpful to aid recovery from childbirth.