Female Infertility

Anna’s aim is to help prepare your body for conception and gestation, optimising your health and supporting you wherever you may be in your fertility journey. Book a consultation

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Have you experienced any of the following:

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Endometriosis
Recurrent Miscarriage
Repeated failed IVF cycles
Menstrual irregularities
Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
Stress over AMH levels
Thyroid issues

Reducing Stress

We know that people going through fertility issues have between 25-60% higher levels of anxiety and depression than those who don’t, however, stress and mental health issue do NOT cause infertility, and we think it’s important to reassure women that high-stress levels are not the reason why you are going through fertility issues.

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PCOS

PCOS is the most common cause of anovulatory infertility.
Research has shown women diagnosed with PCOS have a higher chance of pregnancy complications than other women. Acupuncture can help to treat PCOS by regulating hormones and increasing blood flow to the ovaries to reduce ovarian volume and the number of cysts, helping to re-establish ovulation.

Benefits of Acupuncture for PCOS:

• Regulate insulin resistance
• Help with weight loss
• Reduce androgen excess
• Reduce to cysts
• Re-establish ovulation and a regular cycle.

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During an Initial Consultation the following areas will be explored.


• Menstrual Cycle health
• Digestive System
• Vaginal health
• Immune system function Health
• Sleep
• Lifestyle
• Stress
• Potential male factor

Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial in regulating the menstrual cycles, increasing the blood flow to the uterus and the ovaries, and treating underlying health conditions that could impact fertility.

Menstrual Cycle

In TCM, a robust regular menstrual cycle optimises fertility. A balanced cycle with a steady follicular phase as the ovum grows, matched with an even length luteal phase is what we are aiming for. The lead up to a period should be without PMT, and when flow starts it should be without pain. A healthy flow should not be too heavy or too scanty and without clots. Acupuncture treatment is given at key times during the menstrual cycle, depending on your particular needs, to address the disharmonies present and ensure a smooth harmonious cycle.

When treating menstrual issues, Anna will normally ask you to use a BBT (Basal Body Temperature) charting. We use the pattern of the temperature changes to help us determine the diagnosis and to decipher which phase of the cycle needs attention. This information will ultimately determine your treatment plan.

Recurrent Miscarriage

Anna's aim is to help guide you to investigations that may not have been done, and to thoroughly explore all areas of your health and fertility to get your the right treatment. 
Research on Acupuncture and miscarriage is very promising. One recent study on Acupuncture done along with IVF showed a 50% decrease in the miscarriage rate.
Another study suggests Acupuncture may even be a potential supportive treatment for threatened or recurrent miscarriages due to its beneficial effects on serum cortisol and prolactin levels during IVF.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium, the innermost lining of the uterus, grows in other areas of the reproductive system and thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. The tissue is unable to leave the body and becomes trapped, resulting in scar tissue and adhesions.
Women often experience a delay in diagnosis for endometriosis, left untreated it can cause severe pain, bladder and bowel problems and fertility issues.
According to recent studies, acupuncture is more effective than hormone therapy for treating endometriosis. Acupuncture can reduce menstrual pain, reduces pelvic masses’ size and can decrease the recurrence rate of endometriosis, restoring fertility.

Unexplained Infertility

Many couples who are struggling to conceive have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, this accounts for between 30-50% of couples that are having difficulty getting pregnant. Often what is needed are more thorough investigations to try and get to the root of the issue.

Anna can help guide you through all the western medical tests that may not have been thoroughly investigated to help find any underlying conditions which may be impacting fertility. Often by addressing areas such as vaginal health, the immune system, menstrual health and lifestyle, answers can be found.

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