Our 3-step plan has been developed over the years based on the direct experience of our practitioners, and their success in achieving lasting pregnancies for our clients.
Step 1: Preparing yours & your partner’s body for conception
During this stage we identify any underlying problems that are preventing you from achieving a successful pregnancy. We can work with one partner, or with both, depending on your needs and preferences.
- Assessment. During an initial consultation at our London clinic, we examine your full medical history, review any previous testing that has been done, review your diet and lifestyle, and identify any immediate changes that you can make to improve your fertility health.
- Testing. We may recommend further testing if we believe other aspects of your fertility health need further investigation. For example, immune-related causes of infertility are rarely investigated by either the NHS or IVF clinics.
- Monitoring. If all of your previous tests have checked out fine, and there is no clear explanation of your difficulties, we will usually recommend that we monitor your cycle for a period of time using a Basal Body Temperature (BBT) chart. This is an incredibly precise way of assessing any small imbalances in your menstrual cycle that can cause infertility.
- Comprehensive treatment plan. We will provide you with a comprehensive plan to address any problems that we find. This plan may include lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, relaxation), treatment (acupuncture, herbal medicine, supplementation), testing to be carried out, guidance on the things to ask of your doctor or hospital specialist, and how to better understand the subtle signs of your body. Click for more information about comprehensive treatment plans.
The duration of this stage is unique to you and your partner. We aim to address the biggest hurdles first, so that you can get on with trying for a pregnancy as soon as possible.
Step 2: Getting pregnant
Once the major hurdles to pregnancy have been removed, your body should be ready to conceive. Our focus during this step is to fine-tune your body to make that pregnancy as likely as possible.
If you have decided to follow an assisted reproduction technique (ART), such as IVF or IUI, this step is still very important, and will enhance your likelihood of success with ART.
During this stage we will often continue to support you closely with treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and supplementation. We are also always just at the end of a phone for the inevitable questions that you’ll have, or sometimes just reassurance that you need.
It can be very useful to continue to monitor your cycle with a BBT chart as well. This is particularly useful for clients over 35 whose cycles have previously been irregular or disturbed. We can quickly make adjustments to your treatment that will correct your cycle.
Step 3: Helping you through a successful and happy pregnancy
The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most fragile, and this is also a time during which the support you will receive from the NHS has not begun in earnest. Many couples decide not to share their news with friends and family too early either, so your full support network may not yet have kicked in.
Our goal is to reduce your risk of miscarriage and help you make your pregnancy as comfortable as possible. We’ll be ready to answer your questions, provide you with treatments to minimise the risk of miscarriage, but also to help you cope with the ‘symptoms’ of pregnancy, including nausea, heartburn, UTI’s, tiredness, and constipation.
We can also guide you on the best diet for you during your pregnancy. There is no one right answer here, but we can identify the foods that will best suit you.
Some of the hurdles that we can help you overcome
We commonly treat clients who come to us with fertility problems, including:
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Male fertility problems, including all types of sperm abnormalities
- Failure to ovulate
- Luteal phase problems
- Unexplained infertility
- Immune-related infertility, including high Natural Killer cells (NKCs).
- Low AMH
- High FSH
- Ovarian & uterine cysts