Fertility and Pregnancy

Our Fertility Clinic

If you are having issues with trying to conceive or are about to undergo IVF treatment, then our team of fully qualified expert practitioners are on hand to support you every step of the way.

Here at Napiers Clinic we have experience of working together with people with a wide range of fertility issues and take a holistic approach, suggesting a combination of therapies including:

We can advise and support you in the following areas:

  • Unexplained infertility and Secondary infertility
  • Support on the lead up to, and during, IVF treatment
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Low sperm count and poor ovarian function
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS)

Planning your treatment

Before appointments are made we would like to talk to you about your specific situation to make sure that we can put together the most effective treatment plan for you. This can be done with a telephone chat for 15 with Dee Atkinson. Simply call our reception on 0131 225 5542 and book an initial 'Fertility Planning' telephone consultation, or if you prefer you can book a thirty minute face to face in the clinic.

All our practitioners will treat you as an individual and tailor any treatment to your specific needs. During your initial appointment a medical history will be taken and we’ll find out a bit more about your lifestyle. Sometimes it is necessary to change some aspects of your lifestyle, for example cutting down on alcohol or stopping smoking as well as maintaining a healthy weight. These are all changes to your lifestyle that out practitioners can support you in making.

Trying to conceive can be a very stressful and emotional time. All our practitioners strive to create a caring and safe environment in which clients can be assured of the utmost confidentiality.

ACUPUNCTURE AND FERTILITY

Practitioners: Quintus Farrell LicAc, BAcC. and Xing-Hui Liang MB, BAcC

Acupuncture is based on the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese Medicine and uses fine needles inserted into specific points on the body to enhance the flow of ‘qi’ around the body through channels called meridians. Acupuncture is often cited as an effect treatment for issues around fertility and has been shown to be effective in:

  • helping with Endemetriosis, PCOS and Dysmenorrhea
  • helping to trigger ovulation in some women with ovulatory dysfunction
  • helping to regulate the menstrual cycle
  • helping to improve sperm count
  • combating stress which, in turn, may increase the chance of conceiving
  • increasing blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries
  • clinical research suggests that Acupuncture can help to enhance success rates in IVF

What to expect during your first visit to an Acupuncturist

If you have not had acupuncture before then it is natural to feel slightly apprehensive but many people say that they find the sensation quite pleasant. Some say that they experience a dullness or tingling around the site of the needle but soon this settles down and a state of deep relaxation can be achieved.

About the practitioners

Quintus Farrell has been practising acupuncture since 1996. He studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, Berkshire. Quintus also spent time in China in the city of Hangzhou at the Zhejiang College of Chinese Medicine studying Acupuncture and related subjects.

Read more about Quintus.

Xing-Hui Liang trained as a traditional Chinese medical doctor at the Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medical University in China for five years and qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine (MB) degree from the university in 1983. She worked as a traditional Chinese medical doctor and doctor-in-charge in Chinese Medical Hospitals in China before working as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine doctor in Edinburgh from 1991. She has been practising at Napiers Clinic since 1993 and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

Liang has established her reputation in helping patients with the management of a wide range of complaints with acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. These include conditions associated with women’s health such as menopausal symptoms and endometriosis, assisting IVF and fertility, chronic pain, skin ailments and problems associated with allergy, stress related illness and general well-being.

Read more about Xing Hui.

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY AND FERTILITY

Making sure that both you and your partner are well nourished is a very important first step when trying to conceive. Many issues with fertility arise when one or both partners are not getting a well balanced intake of nutrients. Our Nutritional Therapists will take an indepth look at your diet and create a programme specifically tailored to your needs. We will also address any negative eating habits as well as giving advice on supplements and vitamins. A Nutritional Therapist is there to support you through the changes to your diet and the way you approach what you eat so regular reviews are strongly advised. It can take around four months for both egg and sperm to develop and mature so it is advisable to begin your nutritional programme for a few months before attempting to conceive.

MEDICAL HERBALISM AND FERTILITY

Practitioner: Clare McQuade

Medical Herbalism is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Herbalists are primarily concerned with establishing and eradicating the cause of ill health through holistic treatment of the individual. Herbalists use whole plant extracts and believe that by using plants in their natural form, many of the side effects associated with modern medicine can be avoided.

Herbal Medicine has long been used in the treatment of fertility issues and can be very effective in helping to regulate hormonal imbalances which can, in turn, lead to conditions such as Endometriosis; Poly cystic ovaries, heavy and irregular menstruation; or fibroids. Herbs are used to help with issues of low sperm count or low sperm motility.

Herbs act to support the whole body and a herbalist will work with you to improve your general health as first step to conceiving. Herbs work to nourish and heal the reproductive system, enabling it to work more effectively. Herbal medicines are usually taken in the form of tinctures, tablets or capsules, as well as herbal teas and must be taken on a regular basis to be useful. This is a gentle and non invasive way to approach issues with fertility and you should allow several months before you see noticeable progress.

HYPNOTHERAPY and NLP

Practitioner: Valerie Walker Bsc. Dip.CAH. HPD, Dip. Hb(KG), Licensed Master NLP Practitioner.

Hypnotherapy helps calm anxiety levels in general and during medical examinations. It encourages you to develop a positive attitude, which is crucial to conception and a successful pregnancy.

Physiological healing can be stimulated by visualisation using colours and images. Through hypnotherapy you will learn how to visualise conception and pregnancy in a way that allows your body to function healthily.

Hypnosis is a normal, natural state of deep relaxation and concentration during which you remain completely in control. It is the same state of altered awareness that you experience while day-dreaming or when involved in a book or film. In this state between being fully awake and fully asleep the unconscious mind becomes accessible, and therapeutic suggestions can be given.

Valerie can also use NLP techniques (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to help you achieve your desired goals. You can also learn the tools of self-hypnosis for use during medical procedures, and the hypnotherapy session can be recorded so that you can use it at home. Other therapies such as Reflexology and Chinese Medicine can also be very effective in treating fertility issues.

Read more about Valerie

FUNCTIONAL TESTING AND FERTILITY

A Fertility Profile test with nutritional therapist and functional tester Charlotte Heald will assesses any underlying hormonal imbalances and other factors associated with infertility.

Read more about Charlotte

Next steps

To make an appointment with any of our practitioners call on 0131 225 5542 We suggest you make your initial appointment with one of our Medical Herbalists and a programme, including other therapies, can be tailored to your specific needs.

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