For thousands of years Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to promote fertility. Simple prescriptions can tonify the blood and qi in a woman’s body making her body stronger and more fertile in preparation for pregnancy.
Fertility can be expressed as the perfect balance of yin and yang in the body. In this sense, there is no internal disharmony – the body is healthy, the menstrual cycle regular, libido good and daily stress well handled.
When working with fertility we begin by regulating the menstrual cycle which can become disrupted by a variety of reasons including contraception methods, stress, diet, and underlying gynecological conditions.
Basal Body Temperature
One way to understand what is happening during the menstrual cycle is to track your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). Once we understand what is happening internally we can harmonise remaining conditions of excess or deficiency to create the optimal conditions for becoming pregnant. Acupuncture can be used to address:
- Period pains and cycle irregularities
- Low libido
Couples planning a pregnancy can take advantage of our 'Fertility Boost.' This combined approach of diet and acupuncture helps prepare the body for pregnancy in couples where there are no underlying fertility, hormonal or gynaecological concerns.
See our section below for more details of the Fertility Boost and Sanna Sumner, the nutritionist who partners with me to run it.
Basal Body Temperature Tracking
Tracking the basal body temperature allows us to know what is happening in the body over a number of cycles.
This tells us when ovulation is most likely to have occurred and will also give indications on why it might not have happened.
While it is important to see snapshots of the cycle (dates of the fertile window, ovulation and bleeds) what is more valuable to us are the patterns that occur over time.
Temperature fluctuations over the whole cycle tell us a lot about the yin and yang levels in the body and what is required to build or harmonise them.
When beginning to track your basal body temperature:
- Choose a thermometer able to read two places after the decimal point
- Take your temperature the same way over the cycle/s (mouth, rectal, under arm)
- Take your temperature before you get out of bed at the same time each day
- Mark if the time of temperature taking changes
- Mark if you are sick, travelling, stressed or on medication
- Mark if you have any cramping, bloating acne or irritability
Download your BBT Form here
The Fertility Boost is a package of 10 acupuncture sessions and 3 nutritional sessions aimed at maximising fertility in couples looking to get pregnant who have no underlying medical issues.
The Fertility Boost can be used by men and/or women in preparation for pregnancy.
Acupuncture sessions include an intake, plus ten treatment sessions. Sessions run over three months and are generally weekly.
Nutritional sessions by Nutritionist Sanna Sumner include a pre-conception intake and diet and lifestyle plan, plus recipes and two follow up sessions.
Fertility Boost Options
The Fertility Boost is 850 euros.
You can follow part of the Boost using only acupuncture, or nutrition at the following prices.
Acupuncture only: 650 euros
Nutritional support only: 190 euros.
For information on the Fertility boost and nutritional support with Sanna Sumner click the button below.
Acupuncture is covered by most insurance companies. Please check your individual policy for details.
Heavenly Star Acupuncture host a dedicated Fertility & Pregnancy page, with useful articles and links to support pregnant women, those wishing to become pregnant and those who have just given birth. Visit Heavenly Star Acupuncture - Fertility & Pregnancy on Facebook.