FERTILITY

fertility acupuncture

Acupuncture can be of great benefit for anyone wanting to start a family by ensuring you are in the best health possible to maximise your fertility.

For couples who have been trying to conceive for a while acupuncture can also provide the extra help needed to increase your chances of success.  It is especially beneficial to the 20-30% of cases of ‘unexplained’ infertility. This is because acupuncture treats the person rather than the disease, which makes it particularly good at dealing with fertility issues that don’t have a medical diagnosis.

Furthermore research has shown that acupuncture can regulate the menstrual cycle; lower raised levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), relieve symptoms of endometriosis; induce ovulation in women with polycystic ovaries (PCOS); improve the quality and motility of sperm and release endorphins that reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Treatment helps couples to make changes to their diet and lifestyle as well as helping to resolve underlying emotional or physical imbalances that can affect fertility. You can read more about women’s health issues here.

Male Fertility

Lifestyle factors such as stress and obesity and environmental factors such as pesticides and chemicals are all thought to play part in men’s rapidly declining fertility – up to a fifth of men now have low sperm count.

However there is a lot that can be done to improve its function and research has shown particular benefit on sperm quality and quantity. Acupuncture can benefit men’s:

  • Sperm count – morphology, motility, antibodies
  • Immune system issues
  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction/impotence
  • Testicular health

Because it takes 60 – 90 days to develop mature sperm, for the best results treatment is ideally given over a 3 to 6 month period prior to conceiving.

Assisted reproduction

There are many studies that show that acupuncture administered at certain points during the assisted reproductive cycle (ICSI/IUI/IVF) can increase the chances of successfully conceiving and support couples emotionally and physically along the way.

A recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that acupuncture may increase the success rate of implantation and pregnancy during IVF by as much as 65%.

  1. During IUI – improving thickness of lining of uterus
  2. Downs Regulation – reducing side effects such as hot flushes, headaches and mood swings
  3. Up regulation & ovary stimulation – helping to thicken the lining of the uterus and preventing ovary hyper-stimulation
  4. Prior to egg collection – helping to soften the cervix and encouraging relaxation
  5. Day of transfer – increasing pregnancy rates from 26.3% to 42.5%
  6. Post-transfer – improving blood flow to the embryo and providing emotional support to the couple

For more information on research into acupuncture, ART and fertility please visit the BAcC

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Your acupuncturist

Acupuncturist - Katy Bradshaw

I’m Katy Bradshaw. I’m a highly regarded acupuncturist with over ten years of clinical experience. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and a graduate of the renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.

Why I became an acupuncturist…

I became an acupuncturist after receiving treatment myself; firstly as a child and then later in life. The treatment I received had a hugely positive impact on my life. As a result of my personal and professional experience I truly believe acupuncture can transform a person’s health – both physically and mentally.

I already had a degree in Social Anthropology from Sussex University so took a great interest in people. After several years working in the public sector I began looking for a way to make a real change to people’s lives and decided to train as an acupuncturist.

Since then I have also undertaken further study in fertility and specialised pain relief techniques. I am also a member of ACT – the Brighton Acupuncture Childbirth Team.

What kind of acupuncturist am I?

As a result of my training I draw on both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements theory and use a combination of styles and techniques. These include full body acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and auricular acupuncture.

My integrated approach means that I can treat a range of emotional and physical complaints and any underlying constitutional imbalance patients may have. I strongly believe that our emotional well-being plays an important role in our physical health and vice versa.

I also blend my treatments with ongoing lifestyle and dietary advice which enhances the benefits.

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Top tips for preparing for your first acupuncture session

If you’re thinking about booking in for an acupuncture treatment there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

ASK SILLY QUESTIONS

Trying something new for the first time can be daunting and you may have questions that you feel awkward about asking.  Firstly – don’t worry about asking ‘silly’ questions! I for one welcome anyone’s questions about acupuncture as it gives me a chance to talk about my favourite subject.  It’s easy as a practitioner to forget how much we know compared to our patient and we sometimes gloss over things that you need to know more about.  So before you book in, have a think about what questions you have and ask them on the phone or during your initial consultation.

CHECK YOUR PRACTITIONER’S CREDENTIALS

Your first question should be whether your practitioner is a member of a regulatory body.  The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) regulates the majority of acupuncturists in the UK and ensure that we are suitably trained, qualified, insured and that we keep our continuing professional development up to date. Acupuncturists should carry the logo on their website and you can check directly with the BAcC for registered practitioners in your area. If you are visiting someone who isn’t BAcC registered you should make sure that they are regulated by an organisation that is listed on the Public Standards Authority (PSA) register.

REFLECT

Once you’ve booked in it’s worth spending a bit of time thinking about where you are now and where you want to be following treatment…. Read More

Acupuncture – an effective alternative to HRT?

women's healthThe menopause can so often be a time that brings disruption and misery to a woman’s life.  It can involve one or more of a range of symptoms, which are experienced to varying degrees and levels of distress. These can include night sweats and hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, palpitations and genital and urinary problems.

It is estimated that up to 60% of women’s lives are sufficiently disrupted to warrant visiting the GP, where the standard treatment is a prescription of HRT (hormone replacement therapy). For some, this brings immediate relief with no or little side-effects and the added benefit of preventing the development of osteoporosis.

For others the side-effects of HRT (weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness, nausea, cramps, indigestion, fluid retention, headaches, mood swings, depression acne and backache) outweigh the benefits.

A woman may be reluctant to take HRT because of the associated risks of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Others feel uncomfortable about taking medication for such a long period of time. Some are not able to take it because of a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure. Some have been on HRT for many years but feel unsure about stopping because of the return of the original symptoms.

So what’s the alternative…?

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Locations

Acupuncture in Brighton – Fiveways

I currently have appointments available from 9.30am to 2.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

37 Stanmer Park Road
Brighton
BN1 7JL

There is plenty of free on-street parking outside.

Alternatively you can catch the 26 or 46 bus from town to Fiveways and I’m just around the corner.

To make an appointment please contact me directly on 07967316964 or via the contact form.

Contact me

To make an appointment

To make an appointment for acupuncture in Brighton or for a chat about your symptoms and what acupuncture can do for you please contact me on 07967 316964.

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what to expect

what to expect from acupuncture treatment

During the first appointment I will ask a number of questions to make a diagnosis of your main complaint and to get an overall picture of your health. I will then take a look at your tongue and feel your pulses and carry out an examination of any external physical complaints.

Follow-up sessions will involve a discussion of your progress along with the appropriate treatment for that time.

How many treatments will you need

You will feel a difference after your first acupuncture treatment but to see a permanent shift in your health you will need to complete a course of treatment.

For basic acute conditions you should see a significant improvement after 6 treatments.

For chronic and more complex cases you should see a significant improvement after 10-12 treatments.

You will need to come twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks and as long as your symptoms are improving you will need to then come once every 1-2 weeks for the remainder of the treatment plan.

After you have completed a course of treatment you will need to return for a follow-up monthly tune-up to prevent symptoms returning.

Remember some acupuncture is better than no acupuncture so even if you can’t come as often as you’d like still give it a go. However you may find that treatment is not effective or that your symptoms take a lot longer to improve if you do not come as often as outlined above.

What does it feel like

The needling sensation is often described as a dull ache, warmth or a tingling sensation. The needles used are extremely fine and treatment should not be painful. In general patients report feeling relaxed during and after treatment.

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What is acupuncture

what is acupuncture

When people ask ‘what is acupuncture’ they may already know that it comes from China and that it treats pain. What they may not know is that today it also forms part of a rational and evidence-based system of healthcare and that over a million healthcare practitioner use it worldwide. Furthermore practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of physical and mental health illness.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into acupuncture points and/or warming or massaging the points.  Glass cups may also be used to create a vacuum over areas of the skin to dispel stagnation. In these ways the acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response in a completely natural way.

What can it treat

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and consequently many health professionals are happy to recommend acupuncture to their patients.

Patients come for treatment for:

  • chronic and acute pain
  • sports injury
  • arthritis, joint pain and stiffness
  • anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia
  • digstive disorders including IBS
  • chronic fatigue syndrome and ME
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and acne
  • migraines and headaches
  • allergies
  • PMT, fibroids and endometriosis
  • menopausal symptoms
  • infertility
  • pregnancy and post-natal support
  • Urogenital problems
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Diabetes

If you would like to know more about a specific health concern then please contact me.

How it works

Traditionally acupuncturists explain its effects in relation to the flow of ‘qi’ in the body and the balancing of Yin and Yang – a framework of health which maps very closely to the Western concept of homeostasis.  The way that we ingest, store and transform qi and the balance and harmony of its flow within the human body is the basis on which acupuncturists practise Chinese medicine.

From a modern perspective acupuncture has been shown to stimulate nerves and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system including regulation of key areas of the brain.

Is it safe

All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) must observe a Code of Practice, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for needles and other equipment. The Department of Health have approved these procedures which provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

Find out what to expect from an acupuncture treatment…