The World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined infertility as falling into 3 different categories
- inability to conceive
- inability to maintain a pregnancy
- inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth.
Analytics by the WHO has stated that 1.9% of women aged 20 to 44 in the worldwide population experience infertility. There is another 10.5% of women who experience sub-infertility after having a child. This means one in four couples will experience some form of infertility.
IVF is the only scientific approach to facilitating a pregnancy. The emotional and health impact from the effect of the fertility drugs are hard to describe. The reproductive system and constitution of a women is full of complexity and the the medical model is symptomatic treatment of infertility. The philosophy in acupuncture is to treat the human body as a whole taking account the physical body and symptoms, and the patient’s mind and emotions.
Acupuncture can work positively in assisting conception. It has been shown to increases the rate of pregnancy. IVF specialists are aware of the combined approach in using acupuncture to enhancing their success rate. These in turn has increased the inquisitiveness of medical practitioners to research the effect of acupuncture on IVF and several studies have investigated the potential of acupuncture improving the outcome of IVF:
I first came to see Elaine after a failed IVF treatment. I was very low and confused and could not understand why the IVF had failed. Elaine was amazing she helped me with putting together a plan of action to get me ready both physically and mentally for my second round of IVF. Her support has been amazing and given me the hope and strength to go through the IVF cycle again. Thanks to Elaine I understand the process much more clearly and feel more in control and most importantly more positive this time around.
RD from Cox Green, Maidenhead
I started attending Elaine’s clinic after my second miscarriage in July 2012. I would highly recommend anybody going through similar issues to do the same. Elaine has helped me enormously, I am stronger both physically and mentally. I have just had a baby girl, who I believe, would not be here without Elaine’s help. Aside from being so good at what she does she is an incredibly kind, patient and supportive person.
Emily from Windsor
I cannot recommend Elaine highly enough. From the challenges of fertility treatment to pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, Acupuncture has proved an invaluable support to me both physically and emotionally.
Elaine provides a relaxed, caring and secure environment in which you feel free to discuss any problem or concern; she is an excellent practitioner and listener.
We are now blessed with one beautiful daughter and another on the way, Elaine has helped make this possible. Thank you so much.
E.W. – Marlow, Bucks
My partner and I had been trying to conceive our second child for 18 months and had tried all different strategies. We were finding it all very stressful. A friend had recommended Elaine to me following the birth of my first child and so I contacted her to see whether she could help us. I visited Elaine a few times and received acupuncture but also was given advice and much needed support and care. After just two months, we conceived our second child and welcomed him into the world as a healthy and beautiful baby nine months later. The acupuncture made me feel physically stronger, mentally more positive and emotionally more in control. I would highly recommend acupuncture and Elaine.
Antonia from Maidenhead
I first went to Elaine for acupuncture in January 2013. I wasn’t in a great place following 2 unsuccessful ivf treatments and 2 unsuccessful iui treatments which had taken place from March to December 2012. By this point I felt helpless and hopeless, alone and overall I felt extremely low. I decided to get in contact with Elaine after researching Zita West accredited acupuncturist and I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made.
After going to previous Acupuncturists I felt totally different in Elaines hands, I could sense from my first consultation that she was different. I just knew that Elaine ‘genuinely’ cared, she took the time to listen patiently to me and reassured me, she gave me the best treatment programme tailored to me as an individual, not only for fertility but also for my general well being.
My treatments are never rushed and Elaine always greets me with a lovely warm smile, I always look forward to my treatments.
I initially started seeing Elaine on a weekly basis and now that I am 28.5 weeks pregnant with twins I see her every 2 weeks.
I would absolutely recommend Elaine to friends and family and any lady out there who is going through the journey of trying to conceive. Elaine never promised me I would conceive and as we know there are never any guarantees of anything in life but personally I believe in my heart that Elaines knowledge, skill and empathy encouraged my mind and body to relax which has ultimately lead me to the dream I am living right now.
Elaine – a heartfelt thank you for everything you have done for me.
Anna-Marie from Ascot
After a year and a half of trying to conceive, resulting in 3 miscarriages I decided I needed to restore some balance to my body. After an initial chat with Elaine I felt she had a holistic approach to her clients care. There was no hard sell and I felt I could try the treatment and then see if it was for me.
Needless to say I have found my sessions with Elaine invaluable. Even my husband who was initially sceptical noted changes both physically and emotionally. Four months after starting to see Elaine I fell pregnant. I continued to see her to help maintain the pregnancy but also to help with the severe nausea and vomiting that I was experiencing.
Now 30 weeks pregnant I am still attending regular acupuncture session with Elaine and find it is a therapy that has and still is supporting my needs. I have recommended Elaine without hesitation.
Thank you Elaine not only for your professionalism and clinical skill, but also for your kindness and support over the last year.
Anne from Burnham