The elbowroom clinic offers advice, guidance and treatment to individuals or couples who would like to increase their chances for a natural conception and pregnancy and to offer supportive treatment for couples undergoing assisted reproduction.
A report published in Fertility & Sterility Journal found the pregnancy rate in the group receiving acupuncture was 42.5% compared with 26.3% in the group that did not.
The elbowroom clinic:
- Offers pre-conception care enhancing the chances of successful pregnancy,
- Services to address fertility concerns for women and men including nutrition and life style, cycle analysis and supporting therapies,
- Provides support for those undergoing IVF and other Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ART).
Our fertility services include Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Nutrition, and Reflexology.
The best combined approach for fertility boosting
Acupuncture – Acupuncture works best when a functional problem is the cause of infertility, specifically when endometriosis, ovulatory problems or hormonal imbalances are the cause for not getting pregnant.
Studies have proved the effectiveness of acupuncture for infertility. A 2004 study conducted by the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado found that 51% of women who underwent both IVF and acupuncture treatment at the same time became pregnant, while only 36% of those who only underwent IVF did. The latter group also had higher rates of miscarriage (20%) compared to those women who had received acupuncture (8%).
Your possible benefits of acupuncture, are:
- Improved pregnancy rates during IVF treatment cycles, when acupuncture takes place on the day of embryo transfer
- Increased blood flow to the uterus, leading to an improved endometrial lining
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels
- Possible improvement in ovulation for women with PCOS
- Possible improvement in sperm count and quality in men with infertility
- Possible regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn could help regulate ovulation
Nutrition– It Takes 12 months to make a Baby – three months for a sperm to develop and three months for an egg to ripen, so you should ensure that you start a healthy diet and lifestyle before you plan to conceive.
In order to maximise the chances of conception and pregnancy, a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals, proteins, complex carbohydrates and natural fatty acids is essential. There are also specific supplements that will help boost both male and female reproductive health.
Nutritionists at the The elbowroom clinic are trained specifically to help you achieve a healthy diet and life style, suggest effective supplements, and to give you and your future baby the best possible chance for health.
Osteopathy – Pelvic alignment will affect how the tissues within lie within your uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes. Misalignment will have a contributing effect to how they function. Congestion will affect nerve and blood supply.
Therefore we feel it is essential for anyone with fertility problems to get assessed by an osteopath. In your treatment, we can diagnose any alignment problems and help free the pelvis to return to it’s optimal position.
For instance, if your pelvis is tilted too far forwards (noticed in those with an exaggerated curve in the lower back), this will effect the position of your cervix, perhaps also tilting it into a posterior position unfavourable for conception.
We can release congestion caused by misalignment, adhesions from surgery or long term gynecological problems.
Reflexology – Stress is the most important contributing factor of infertility, stress can lower prolactin levels (a hormone that, in excessive amounts can inhibit infertility), stress in a woman disrupts the hormonal communication between the brain, the pituitary gland and the ovaries, interfering with both the maturation of an ovum and the ovulation process.
Reflexology treatments can be done to reduce stress through relaxation to help normalise menstrual cycles, improve the ovum and increase the likelihood of fertilisation and implantation.
During a reflexology treatment, the whole of your body and mind will be calmed and all of your bodily systems (immune, digestive, nervous, reproductive, hormones, etc) strengthened. In this way, you will be able to nurture yourself, relax and, as a result, improve your chances of conceiving.
Reflexology will be able to assist you no matter which route you choose. Should you select the conventional conception route, then it will help you cope with these stresses as well as help your body maintain a balanced state and improve your chances of conception. Or if you elect to take the more natural route then reflexology can assist in much the same way by stimulating and balancing hormones and bodily systems.
Homeopathy – homeopathy is highly successful in getting to the root of fertility issues – be they physical or emotional, male or female. homeopathy is a gentle but powerful alternative to many of the invasive conventional treatments with a very high success rate.
Aromatherapy – Can be used in conjunction with conventional and alternative approaches to helping with fertility problems. There are essential oils which help to rebalance hormone levels and promote menstruation. These in conjunction with stress reducing massage can help you to cope with the pressure and the worry of fertility problems. It is this pressure that can lead to emotional upset and imbalance that aromatherapy can soothe for both men and women.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.