Linda Carter

What To Eat During Different Phases Of Your Menstrual Cycle

So, you’ve decided you feel healthy and you are ready to start trying to conceive, you’ve followed my tips on what to eat to improve fertility and you want to take it to the next level. 

Now you want to consider what you should be eating at the different phases of your menstrual cycle.

The First Phase

During menstruation you should of course rest as and when you can, and eat foods that nourish and move your blood; green leafy vegetables, beans, pulses, seaweed, seeds, nuts, fish, aubergines, eggs, leeks, radishes, onions, spring onions, sticky rice and turmeric.

When the period has just finished, eat lots of nourishing foods such as bone marrow, beef, eggs, dates, figs, kale, leafy green vegetables and watercress. I recommend that you avoid all coffee and alcohol.

The Second Phase

During the follicular stage after your period, it’s important to nourish the blood and realise this is the growth part of your cycle.

Avoid over stimulating foods such as spicy foods, coffee, caffeinated drinks, junk food, excessive amounts of fried food.

Instead chicken soup can be your best friend. You can also have bone broth and if you are vegetarian seaweed broth.

During this time it’s good to eat mangoes (if they are in season!), apples, avocados, bananas pineapple, pomegranates, seaweed, watermelon, yams, kidney beans and some light meat.

The Third Phase

Ovulation is in a 28 day cycle. Normally, on day 14 (this may be different for you as we are all unique), you will either feel ovulation or track it with your menstrual app. You can also use an ovulation predictor kits or observe your cervical mucus.

During this time it is important to support your digestive system and have good energy along with a balance of rest and exercise – fresh vibrant healthy foods are just what you need.

Women often say it is difficult to convince their male partners to eat more healthily and drink less. In my experience once they begin to enjoy the feeling of health benefits and increased energy, they will automatically want to do it for themselves, not just for the period of time you are trying to conceive.

The Fourth Stage

In the luteal phase it is often underestimated how long it takes for implantation to occur this could be 8 to 10 days after ovulation so rest, healthy food, gentle movement and keeping the abdomen warm during this time is important, as well as getting as much sleep as possible. 

Eat foods that support your yang energy, as you are trying to create cellular growth – pineapple, warm vegetable soups, leafy greens, carrots, cantaloupe melon and sweet potatoes. During this time particularly stay away from cold foods raw vegetable ice cream and ice in drinks.

Put This Into Practice

I recommend getting out your calendar and making notes of the types of foods you need to eat during the phases of your cycle.

For example, if you particularly love pineapple, make a note to buy some for the fourth stage of your cycle.

Use the guidance here to plan your meals to maximise your fertility.

One to One Advice

Everyone is different. Every woman trying to conceive would benefit from tailored advice on what to eat during the phases of their cycle.

I can discuss your current diet with you and create a unique plan for you.

Book in a 2 Hour Call with me to thoroughly review your diet for improved fertility.

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What Men and Women Should Eat To Improve Fertility

Improving your fertility can be fun and enjoyable!

Why not connect with your partner by doing some cooking together?

You could take a walk to a local farmers market, enjoying each other’s company while you plan a meal and then cook together in a relaxed way.

When it comes to nutrition and preparing to start a family, my two most important words are balance and moderation.

For both men and women, it’s important to be a healthy weight.

Not overweight, or obese, or underweight but to be in the middle of your healthy BMI number is what you should aim for.

Here are some tips on how men and women can eat in balance and with moderation to improve fertility.

What Men Should Eat

Minerals & Supplements

Foods such as pumpkin seeds, rye, oats and almonds are a good form of zinc, which is essential for healthy sperm, also oysters if you like them.

Selenium is present in whole grains, avocados, shellfish and sesame seeds.

Ginseng supplements improve the bloodflow to the penis and may improve sexual function for some people.

Avoid Alcohol & Fast Food

Alcohol should be abstained from completely as it reduces the ability of the gut to absorb nutrients. If drunk in excess, it can lead to reduced sperm quality, increased abnormal sperm and lower motility, lower sperm counts, lower testosterone, decreased libido and increased risk of erectile dysfunction.

Junk and fast food should be avoided as a diet high in saturated fats significantly reduces the sperm count and makes the sperm weaker and poor quality, fast foods not only carry health risks like cholesterol, obesity and heart disease but it is detrimental to sperm and the energy of the body is unhealthy.

Protein & Fresh Foods

A high protein diet can make the sperm more acidic, which is not desired, a healthy diet will help you absorb nutrients.

When you’re eating vibrant colourful fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and organic meat and fish products the whole body feels and is healthier.

What Women Should Eat

Women are more prone than men to follow fad diets, to have been yo-yo dieters or may have cut out certain food groups. 

In my opinion, we need to support the yin aspect of the woman, the fluid and the bloods, as we want the endometrium to be healthy, the cervical mucus to be plentiful and the eggs to be in the best condition possible to be released and carried through the fallopian tubes to your uterus. 

Some foods support the yin aspect of a woman’s diet such as fresh fruits – pears, pineapples, pomegranates, lemons, apples, bananas and avocado and vegetables such as asparagus green beans spinach and seaweed.

You may also want to include some duck, crab, oysters, rabbit, spelt and dandelion, fennel or nettle tea. 

Clean Out Your Body

If you have phlegm and mucus in the body which is sticky or have had candida or thrush you could, before trying to get pregnant, clean out the body with; beans, asparagus, barley, buckwheat, celery, garlic, green tea, jasmine tea seaweed and plentiful fresh herbs such as basil cardamon, caraway, cloves, fenugreek, parsley and watercress.

Eat Seasonally

Try to eat food which is seasonal and local to where you are as possible, like your grandmother did.

Having more warming foods in the autumn and winter and raw and salads more consumed in the summer when the weather is sunny.

Eat Mindfully

How you eat it is also important, try to sit down at the table and just eat without distraction as you will chew your food much better. You can put your knife and fork down between mouthfuls, and my advice is not to have your mobile phone at the table.

If you are alone and you eat in silence you will notice perhaps how you are looking for your phone or you’re used to reading articles while you’re eating. My advice is don’t do this, just sit quietly and rest and chew your food well.

Try to dress your table, put a tablecloth on, have some flowers or something beautiful to look at, nice plates to eat off and beautiful bowls that means something to you.

Don’t drink lots with food

Don’t drink copious amounts of fluids while you’re eating because digestions starts in the mouth so you want your digestive enzymes to not be too diluted, don’t eat very cold foods, don’t have ice in your drinks. Try not to eat if you are worried, have had an argument or feel angry.

Eat Regularly

Try to eat regularly but only when you are really hungry and if you feel you have a weak digestion have small meals which are easy to digest, try to observe if you have any bloating, cramping or excessive gas after you’ve eaten for example.

Some people although it’s used widely in all worlds cuisines decide not to have onions and garlic because they don’t digest them well and all of the small changes become a matter of habit.

Over to You

What do you think of these tips?

Which of these tips will you action today? 

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The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

You may also want to investigate a Three-Months Programme, a One-Month Programme or a Two-Hours Intensive.

Opening The Discussion Around Fertility on The Harley Street Edit Podcast

Fertility Solution The Harley Street Edit

I had the wonderful opportunity to join Shradha Nund on The Harley Street Edit Podcast to discuss fertility and how I support people in their fertility journey.

In the podcast episode we discussed:

  • My background and how I got into Fertility Coaching
  • What is a fertility coach?
  • Fertility journeys and when to see a fertility coach
  • Opening the conversation around fertility in a relationship
  • Feeling on the outside
  • A male’s emotional journey
  • The financial implications

It was such a pleasure to open the discussion about fertility and to be on this podcast. 

The podcast is available here

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

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The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

You may also want to investigate a Three-Months Programme, a One-Month Programme or a Two-Hours Intensive.

Five Ways To Manage Mental Health To Improve Fertility

It can be overwhelming trying for a baby. It’s easy to become caught up in all the things that you should be eating, should be reading and should and should not be doing, etc, etc. 

The list goes on and on. 

You’re trying to do all the things to get pregnant to the point that you are now becoming less fertile because of the stress. 

If one more person says “just relax”, you will scream!

This doesn’t need to be your reality.

The mind is incredibly powerful. When you have a healthy mind, you are more likely to have a healthy body and therefore be more fertile, and more likely to make your dream of being a mum come true!

As an expert in fertility, here are my top five ways I suggest you start implementing to manage your mental health for improved fertility.

Five Ways To Improve Fertility With a Healthy Mind

1. Get Honest

We all live increasingly busy lives and become easily overwhelmed, we are not honest about what we do and don’t do. 

Make a promise to yourself to be absolutely honest about what you want and why you want it now. 

Lack of clarity is a huge hurdle to achieving your goals. Get clear about what you want!!

2.Observe Your Stress

Do you have any of the following signs or symptoms ? If so please be honest and write down how it affects you.

  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Continuing fatigue that’s not eased with rest
  • Foggy thoughts
  • Lethargy doing daily activities
  • Poor memory
  • Not feeling truly awake until after 10am
  • Low energy between 3 – 4 pm
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Light headed when standing up quickly
  • Not very productive
  • Tired when you stop moving
  • Low mood
  • Less enjoyment with life
  • Increased hormonal feelings
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed

If you are feeling any of the above, it’s likely that you are feeling stressed. The more of these signs and symptoms you are currently experiencing, the more stressed you are. 

Once you’ve identified that you are feeling stressed, you are in a better position to take action to improve your mental health.

3. Stay Hydrated

Many illnesses which trouble people worldwide come from a simple unrecognised cause – we don’t drink enough water! 

What happens if we drink tea, coffee, or caffeinated drinks in place of water? These are central nervous system stimulants and at the same time, they are dehydrating agents because of their strong diuretic action on the kidneys. 

So be kind to yourself and get creative with your drinks menu.

Include fresh cold pressed vegetable juices with a small proportion of fruits for sweetening. 

Stock your kitchen cupboard with herbal teas – some now come in variety packs or ask for samples from companies to expand your choices. 

I suggest you make a cup of herbal tea at least twice a day and if it’s within arms reach you will drink it!!

Invest some money on good quality cordials and non carbonated soft drinks or a fresh coconut.

4. Journaling

Writing is a way to express your feelings and thoughts.

Let the words spill out on the page and you will feel better.

You can always turn to your journal when you are in need of inspiration, clarification, or consolation.

It can be a confidante and a safe place the place to script your inmost dreams and your authentic voice.

Journals can exist in many forms, it can be a much longed for beautiful artistic large book, something handy to carry around with you or a basic notepad – whatever is your preference.

Just start to write and be honest with yourself.

If you prefer to do this digitally you can make your accounts passcode protected.

Most of all get honest and be clear.

5. Get Tailored Advice

If you are looking for further tailored advice on how to improve your mental health, consider booking a call with me to discuss.

A  2 hour call with me could be exactly what you needed to get you back on track or start your fertility journey with the right frame of mind.

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The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the

You may also want to investigate a Three-Months Programme, a One-Month Programme or a Two-Hours Intensive.

How To Manage Anxiety When Your Period Is Due

As you’re scrolling through your notifications with your morning tea you notice an alert on your phone: “Period due next week”.

You have been using an app to help you identify when you ovulate and this a reminder you can do without.

You feel your heart drop and your stomach clench with anxiety.

If your period comes it means one thing:

I’m not pregnant again. 

To help with your mood on a daily basis, it’s important to manage your anxiety in the run up to your possible period date.

If you allow your anxiety to run unchecked then it’s likely that it will build up, you’re stressed out, you don’t sleep properly, you may not exercise or eat properly in the lead up to the start of your period.

In the end, the stress and anxiety about possibly getting your period leads your body into a raised cortisol level, which is perpetuating a circle of fear.

So, how can you manage your anxiety when your period is due?

Let’s go through some simple tips to manage your anxiety, specifically for when your period is due.

3 Ways To Manage Your Anxiety

We’ve chosen just three actionable and easy ways to manage anxiety and to help you cope in the run up to when your period is due.

1. Talk Through Your Thoughts and Fears

One way to manage your anxiety is to talk through your thoughts and fears with a professional coach who knows you and can be your mighty companion on your fertility journey. There are things you can do to increase chances of implantation such as rest and gentle walking and certain activities it is best to avoid.

2. Be Honest With Your Partner

Be honest with your partner about how you feel. Couples are often avoiding talking about the anxiety that is building within each of them, each one not wanting to burden the other. In my couples coaching I encourage talking about how you feel (and if it suits the couple then doing something else) so you are not making it 100% your point of focus until it drives you mad. Create intimacy and remember not only your goal of creating a new life but why you fell in love with each other.

2. Get Creative

Plan to do something creative. This can be painting, reading, walking in the park together and really seeing nature, taking an art class, learning a new skill that interest you both, cooking a special meal or listening to a beautiful meditation.

What if I do get my period?

Getting a period when you’re trying to get pregnant is incredibly disappointing.

It’s important that you acknowledge your feelings and allow yourself to feel what you are feeling.

Allow yourself to be angry, sad or disappointed for a while, there is no right and wrong way to feel and pushing your feelings down and squashing your emotions is not helpful in my experience it is better to allow yourself to express fully without denying the rage and justified anger you may have.

Then, remind yourself that you can cope with this and you can move forward, healing the pain and finding hope.

You are not alone

Finally, it’s a nerve wracking time before your period, you’ve worked so hard to try to get pregnant.

It can feel lonely at times, especially when it comes down to dealing with something so personal as getting your period.

You don’t need to feel lonely and there’s support out there for you.

Tailored Anxiety Advice

As everyone is different, getting tailored advice on how to cope with anxiety from a professional is an excellent way to manage anxiety.

Not only will they give you advice on how to cope but being able to talk openly with someone relieves stress considerably.

At Fertility Solution, I offer a complimentary 30 Minute call, consider taking this opportunity if you are struggling with anxiety.

If you want further support then you can book in a 2 hour Intensive to come up with a thorough plan for you.

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My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

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Is Chinese Herbal Medicine really effective in Pregnancy?

Chinese medical for pregnancy

The Chinese have always paid special attention to medicine for women during pregnancy. It is important to keep the Qi or energy flowing and blood in harmony for both the foetus and the mother to ensure a smooth pregnancy. Herbs are usually used as a nourishment or a tonic, bearing in mind that some formula should not be used during pregnancy and formulas should only be used where there is more benefit than just leaving nature alone.

If there are underlying constitutional weaknesses in the mother Chinese herbal formulas can prove to be invaluable, however usually women who have previously found formulas to be beneficial are more willing to take them throughout their pregnancy. Western women are more reluctant to start taking Chinese herbs unless they have severe morning sickness, however I remind my clients there are billions of women in China who have used them successfully for hundreds of years.

In the United Kingdom there is an organisation called the RCHM Register for Chinese Herbal Medicine and as with acupuncture as I have previously stated, I always recommend clients use practitioners who are registered with a professional body as this guarantees a standard of compliance which is absolutely vital and of course very important when taking herbs for treatment during pregnancy for conditions such as for morning sickness or threatened miscarriage.

Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy

It is important to remember that Chinese herbal medicine was the only form of medicine in China for over 3000 years and of course the area of the Orient expands from Vietnam, Japan and Korea as well as mainland China. The long history does not mean TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine is backward in comparison to ‘modern medicine’ however there have been less clinical trials. Chinese medicine is still used as the primary form of healthcare in much of South East Asia and is provided by the state throughout China.

I do not see this as an alternative but rather a complimentary form of medicine. Herbal remedies and acupuncture and now used regularly to treat a wide range of illnesses pain and medical conditions. The first consultation determines an individual tailor-made prescription and then it is usual for a professional practitioner to review the patient every week or two in the first trimester or for a new patient and then every 2 to 4 weeks thereafter.

Chinese medicine for pregnancy

Ancient Chinese Art of 'sitting the month' 

The first 40 days following the birth of the baby in some countries, customs or religions is known as a confinement period with strict rest for the mother to recuperate and bond with her baby, which is wonderful. Sadly in so-called modern cultures this has now all but disappeared. In the postpartum phase it is important to nourish new mothers with fresh home-made food, soups and bone broth along with support from the female members of the family. With herbal medicine a woman’s qi and blood would be nourished with the appropriate Chinese formula if she is breastfeeding.

What can research tell us? the register for Chinese herbal medicine has a collaboration with the Centre for evidence-based Chinese medicine in Beijing and also the Southampton Complimentary Medicine Trust where there are many published research papers which can be studied to back up their evidence.

So in conclusion my answer would be yes Chinese medicine is effective during pregnancy so long as the process and prescriptions are provided by a qualified professional who is registered. Please do contact me today for my fertility coaching programmes, pregnancy and post part care.

Coping with heartbreak

Fertility Expert London

Women who do not have support will struggle more.

When a couple or individual undergo fertility treatment at a Fertility clinic in London or elsewhere, there is a fine line between being optimistic and being realistic.
Some practitioners believe that meditation and visualisation, welcoming in the spirit of your baby into your life, imagining holding your baby in your arms can help you prepare you and your womb.

It is really really really hard when you have tried to walk that fine line between being positive and being pragmatic then having to cope when Fertility Treatment does not work out the way you wanted, personally I really dislike the phrase failed cycle, that is a somewhat more medical term.

It is completely devastating to get a negative test result and this is usually when a woman gets her periods after the two week wait, during which time everything is out of control, (this is particularly difficult for someone who is used to working hard, being very focused and then achieving their goals) This is the time when nothing you can do will change the outcome. Some of my clients feel very anxious, others try to cary on as normal and forget about it but it is always at the back of their mind. The anxiety can cause sleepless nights and this is often when clients contact me as the need to express themselves without judgement.

It is has been described to me many times by my clients fertility coaching clients as a grieving similar to a bereavement and in a way, choosing my words carefully, it is the death of hope, the end of a dream that you had dared to allow yourself to imagine. This is also a time when having a fertility coach by your side is particularly beneficial, someone who has known you and your history and can be there to guide and support you.

Pregnancy expert London

There will come a time when you begin to decide whether to undergo another cycle of treatment and if so trying to figure out if there’s anything you can do to improve your chances of a successful pregnancy and how to increase fertility naturally.

Should you have add on treatments? There are many available such as embryo glue, endometrial scratching, IV drips, different types of supplements and acupuncture for pregnancy.

Whether to try again or to stop is an enormous decision. I feel that it is one which should be made getting plenty of support emotionally with myself as a fertility coach and also medically of course with your treatment doctor.

You may have frozen embryos ready to use, you may be concerned about your age – there are so many things to consider, your fertility clinic may suggest a different approach and of course there are endless sometimes conflicting pieces of advice available about when is the best time to transfer embryos.

I have spent years advising, listening and helping couples and individuals through this process and I really encourage you to choose a professional person to support you. I know where the best London consultation for fertility treatments are, I know what you need and I will support you fully.

For the best fertility advice London– contact me today

Complete Confidentiality With Your Fertility Coach

Confidentiality in pregnancy

Complete confidentiality

What I will offer you in my programmes is a promise of complete professional confidentially it is regarded as one of the foundations of a therapeutic relationship. Women and couples trying to take care of their health in preparation for conception or those actively trying to get pregnant need confidentiality.

Until I started to work online all of my clients came to me through recommendation which, of course, meant that a friend, a work colleague or a relative would recommend me, and the matter of confidentiality was particularly important.

It’s challenging talking about your health and well-being at the best of times but when it’s such a sensitive, emotional and also sometimes financially challenging subject confidentiality is of paramount importance.

The conversations I may have are ones about –

 

Bodily functions

Every question I ask is a diagnostic one and it has a reason for being asked. I often start consultations by explaining why I ask questions that may to seem unusual or irrelevant but there is always a good reason. 

The functioning of the digestive system including how well food is digested and how often the bowels move and if this is with ease. 

The menstrual cycle and it there are symptoms of pre menstrual tension, the flow of the period and if there is clotting or cramming with the bleed.

Intimacy between a couple 
It can be difficult to be spontaneous when you are focused ono or actively trying to conceive the romance seems to disappear and men can begin to feel like they must perform to order and in some cases are a sperm donor. We will find ways to keep the your lovemaking spontaneous and tender.
Pregnancy advice
Sexual activity  
Once a woman is used to accurately identifying their ovulation time it is surprising how often I ask if they had sex during this time and the answer comes back as “No”. If one person in the partnership is repeatedly “Too tired” or “Too stressed” the may be an indicator that they are not fully expressing how they feel about having a child or are simply not at the same stage as the other person and they are not ready or committed. These things ned to be discussed and I will offer you the best way to deal with them.
 
Hopes and dreams 
 
There is a fine line to be navigated between hoping and dreaming, staying positive and being realistic and not getting overwhelmed when trying to have a baby – particularly if you are undergoing treatment at a fertility clinic where you may be investing a lot of your money trying to have the baby you are holding in your heart.
 
It is absolutely vital to have somebody who can be completely trusted for their confidentiality. 
 
There are so many things to discuss, work your way through and explore that having total confidence that somebody is completely invested in your interests and will listen deeply with compassion and be able to hear and receive anything you have to say.
 
I recommend journalling as a way of expressing yourself once this becomes an easy habit it is almost like talking to yourself, expressing and unfolding your self on paper so you are able to honestly recognise and reflect how you are feeling and which patterns are coming the you many not want to recognise.
 
Act today and choose to have a trusted professional fertility expert by your side so you can navigate the way though with me to help and yes you can get pregnant !
 

British Acupuncture Council

british acupuncture clinic
Why choose a member of this organization?

The British Acupuncture Council has a membership of around 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists. It is the UK’s largest professional regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture and I am very proud to say that in July 2020 I celebrated 25 years of being a qualified acupuncturist

I think you should always choose a practitioner from a professional body as they are heavily vetted, tested and  the organization regularly enforces clinical auditing and continuous professional development for their members.
 
I combine my knowledge as an acupuncturist and herbalist to help women get pregnant faster. Yes you can get pregnant over 40 and your desire to become parents and have a healthy baby will be achieved more easily with a professional fertility coach helping and supporting you.
I love the subject of Oriental Medicine for its varied and wide subject matter and the ever expanding breadth and depth of knowledge it constantly reveals when you choose to dive deep and become an eternal student.

It naturally evolved through the course of my career that I specialized in women’s health and ultimately fertility as I was seeing so many patients who had concerns about the menstrual cycle be it painful period, absence of period or erratic cycles. 

I am very happy to say it is now more widely known and acknowledged that Acupuncture can be of enormous benefit to women trying to get pregnant, from regulating the menstrual cycle to supporting the whole fertility journey and acupuncture can regulate fertility hormones. 
I have worked with women and couples for many years to help them find the best way to get pregnant, stay pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby. I have knowledge of all pre-natal support services including finding the right doula or hypnobirthing practitioner for you and post natal support such as maternity nurses, breastfeeding experts or sleep training.
 
Previous to working on line ALL my clients came to me through referral. I was recommended from one person to another as people value my highly confidential expert advice and many comment that they feel very supported and they definitely benefited from the guidance and solutions I could offer.

Many studies have shown acupuncture treatments have a really positive impact on the success rates for women undergoing assisted fertility treatments such as IVF and ICSI and improves birth rates.

Often women have come to see me when they are trying to reduce their stress and anxiety levels during Assisted Reproductive Treatment. The psychological and emotional impact of many doctors appointments and trying to balance hope and protect from possible disappointment can be nerve wracking and exhausting – just when you are being told to be healthy and relax.  

The question will arise as to what is the best time to have acupuncture? 

Getting the menstrual cycle regular and making sure both partners are as healthy as possible before fertility treatment is very important. 

I like to have an in-depth discussion about a treatment plan which will often extend over several weeks or months (to regulate and optimize the menstrual cycle). This should be done taking into consideration what is a reasonable and achievable program for the patient – travel times accessibility, convenience and proximity should all be considered. 

In my personal opinion regular sessions are optimal. I usually recommend a weekly treatment for 6 to 8 weeks then review with the patient the next step of the program. This may seem quite often or intense but in certain cases traditionally a patient would be seen every day for 14 days then have a 7 day rest and then resume another 14 days of treatment. This would however be in China where the treatment was most state funded for serious health conditions. 

Clients frequently say how amazed they are at the improvement of their next period when initially coming to me for treatment. The PMS symptoms are less or completely absent and the period itself is virtually pain free. This is great as pain is a sign of stagnation in Oriental medicine, a sign of disharmony within the body.

Acupuncture can be carried out during ovulation to help influence the follicles, improve blood and energy circulation in the lower abdomen and to help with relaxation.

There are very well established protocols for before and after transfer of embryos where a patient will visit me immediately before attending the appointment for the transfer when they are usually feeling a little apprehensive and then on their way home after the transfer. There are well established tried and tested point protocols for this. 

Implantation is one of the most vital parts of conception and a healthy endometrium of a desired thickness enables this to happen. In acupuncture language we talk about the holding action of the uterus and pulling up and connecting with the ancestors points DU20 and spleen points are important.

The two-week wait (or tww as it is known) before one can take a pregnancy test, is actually one of the most awful times for a woman. There is so much uncertainty about the outcome. Depending on the personality of the woman they may have spent months thinking positively, welcoming their baby’s spirit to them, placing their hands on their lower abdomen and talking to their unborn child and the balance of this along with knowing the chances and statistics of conceiving depending on their age and procedures undertaken …… are very very tough.

I love working with my clients. For me my career is a vocation and I hope to be able to support and guide you on your journey.

The Cost of ART

Assisted Reproductive Technology

The desire to have a baby is a strong, primal, internal and somewhat unexplainable force that can come slowly or suddenly for a woman or a couple.
Treatment can have an emotional, physical and financial cost, that at times can seem overwhelming and lonely.

I coach women and couples at all stages of their fertility journey and having expert professional guidance can help you get pregnant faster and support you while you successfully navigate a myriad of choices and decisions.
You will find other articles in this Library about choosing the right clinic for you and your particular needs, here I want to talk about the way to mitigate the cost of ART.

I have guided hundreds of couples through assisted fertility treatment and it is a unique and personal experience for everyone.
Before I started to work online all my clients came to me through recommendation – 100% were friends, family or work colleagues of those who have already found success with me and my fertility coaching support and solutions.

We have all seen the sensational articles in newspaper and magazines about “My £60’000 IVF baby”
“I spent $45’000 on IFV and it was worth every penny.”

It is not just the financial cost which can be huge – but the emotional and physical cost of going through treatment and you will benefit greatly from having a coach by your side who is 100% focused on you and your best interests, not a clinic selling you more expensive treatments, procedures and confusing add on treatments.

The Physical
“I feel my body has let me down, why isn’t it working properly, what have I done wrong”
Before you have tried to conceive you may not have questioned your body’s ability to do what you want it to do.
You want to boost your fertility – but what is the best way to do it naturally, an observed cycle, assisted fertility treatment and if so which one?
Do you try IUI or go straight to IVF or ICSI?

You need to have fertility awareness; you need to know your body and how to maximize your options.

If you start fertility treatment the changes in the body can be frightening and confusing and the way I help as a fertility coach is by being your constant professional companion, on hand to listen and advise.
I will give you a clear plan on how to increase your chances of getting pregnant, how to choose your fertility clinic and support you – you are not alone.
Sometimes we may need to focus on your goals and why you started this fertility journey and your original desire to have a baby as it can get lost when you are going through challenging and physically uncomfortable treatment.

The Emotional
“I feel my body has let me down, why isn’t it working properly, what have I done wrong” These are phrases I often hear my clients utter in our consultations Guilt, Shame and Blame.

The problem is these thoughts are often going round and round in your head – without an outlet, without the voice of reason helping you to see it’s not your fault.
This is how I benefit you on your fertility journey.

Let’s take a clear overview of where you are now, what has worked for you and what has been emotionally most challenging?
The emotional aspect of this cannot be ignored, squashed down or underestimated – this is not good for your cortisol stress hormones, your mind – heart – uterus connection, the cells of your body, your sleep or general health.

Over many years I have found the emotional support I provide is one of the most valuable aspects of my professional relationship with a client. We will have a weekly discussion about how your plans are progressing and you will have a chance to fully express yourself in the most honest and confidential way possible.
I can help you get pregnant over 40 and help you take back control. I provide bespoke fertility care to fast track your journey to success.

The Financial
How much is too much? When do you decide to take a break? Can you do it all again?
These three frequently asked questions could fall into anyone of the headings above but the financial strain of ART is one that causes a lot of stress to a couple, can cause arguments and should not be ignored.

If you are self funding your fertility treatment the amount of money that you initially feel you can afford may in time be surpassed and there are questions about being able to obtain further funding for treatments how and where to get that money from what other things in your life you may be willing to forfeit for this.


Do you reduce weekly spending, stop going out for dinner, not take a holiday, reduce memberships, cut costs wherever possible?
If you choose to do this for a short time of 3, 6, 9 months or one year that may be done fairly easily however if your fertility journey is one that encounters complications the question often arises of how much quality of life today you are willing to sacrifice in order to start your family or add to it?

This is an issue I have talked to my clients about repeatedly. It may be the woman wants to forge ahead with another round of IVF and the husband is reluctant to do so, it may be that there have been multiple rounds of IVF and family members are directly discussing with you and questioning the wisdom of putting yourself through this again emotionally, physically and financially.

This of course are very personal decisions for example some people buy a car that costs £5000.00 other people spend 250,000.00 on a car and it’s within their budget, some people just use public transport and taxis if they live in the capital city and this broad spectrum of expenditure can also apply to people’s personal ability to fund multiple assisted reproductive treatments.

I have heard my clients liken this to ‘playing at the roulette wheel’ taking yet another gamble on a round of treatment. I know without a shadow of a doubt the clients I have dealt with, if they could guarantee they would have a healthy happy baby for $10,000 they would willingly spend it, however in some cases the thought of spending 10 or $20,000 without a tangible guaranteed outcome is simply too much

Yes, you can get pregnant! Choose to have me by your side for support, overcome the negativity of doctors and get pregnant faster.