In my experience there is lots we can do to improve our chances of getting pregnant. Just because it has’t happened yet, doesn’ t mean it won’t happen. However our bodies need to be in optimum health for conception. As an acupuncturist I see my role as helping to create the optimum environment for a healthy pregnancy to take place.
Here are my top tips for getting pregnant.
Blood tests to check ovulation
Levels of hormones in a woman’s blood are closely linked to ovulation, when the ovaries release an egg into the fallopian tubes. Hormone imbalances can cause ovulation problems, and a blood test can help determine whether this is happening.
Xray of Fallopian Tubes
This is called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). Opaque dye is injected through the cervix while you have an X-ray. The dye will help your doctors to see if there are any blockages in your fallopian tubes. Blockages can prevent eggs passing down the tubes to the womb, and so stop pregnancy occurring.
Get your partner to have a sperm test.I n about one-third of cases, fertility problems are due to the male partner. Sometimes, a lack of sperm or sperm that are not moving properly can cause a failure to conceive. Your GP can arrange a sperm test. The male partner will be asked to produce a sperm sample and take it for analysis, probably at your local hospital.
Check for STDs and get a current smear test to check for abnormalities.
It is a known fact that stress can imbalance hormones and impede natural fertility. It is important to create a work/life balance. Natural ways to relax: yoga, meditation, spending time in nature, good self care and of course acupuncture. Acupuncture is known to block the stress hormone cortisol and stop the fight or flight stress response. Most patients report a feeling of calm and well being after an acupuncture session.
How does Acupuncture boost fertility?
- Improves sperm parameters
- Improves pregnancy rates of natural conception and IVF treatment
- Regulates menstrual cycles
- Regulate hormones by reducing stress
- Reduces miscarriages
- Lessens uterine contractions after embryo transfer
- Improves blood flow to ovaries and uterus
- Improves ovarian function; encourages production of follicles; enhances their quality
- Improves thickness of uterine wall lining
- Aids relaxation
- Lessens side effects of fertility medication
- Enhances immune system
Eat a nutritious diet packed with nutritious foods. Your first acupuncture consultation will include lifestyle and dietary suggestions specific to your individual needs. If you are trying to conceive nutrition is a major contributing factor to your desired outcome.
Colette Assor has been in practise as an acupuncturist for 17 years and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the British Fertility society. Colette has completed post graduate training in fertility acupuncture and IVF protocols and specialized in all aspects of fertility and stress related health conditions. At your first session you will have a full consultation, the appointment is one hour to allow for every aspect of your medical history and lifestyle to be discussed. You will then have a treatment programme made specifically to focus on your individual needs. Alongside your acupuncture treatments, you will be given lifestyle and dietary guidance to achieve optimum fertility. Current research suggests to have weekly acupuncutre for at least 3 cycles, for a period of 3 months to maximise your chances of conception.
Please call 0208 368 1130 for a free telephone consultation or skype call: colette.assor