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Fertility, Gynaecology and Pregnancy

Claire Battersby is a specialist in the field of fertility, gynaecology and pregnancy.  In 2007, she established Conceive, a busy acupuncture clinic, which specializes in male and female infertility, IVF support, gynaecology, miscarriage, pregnancy and all aspects of women’s health.  It was founded on the growing body of evidence to support the overwhelming efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in this field.

Acupuncture has become steadily more recognized by the medical profession in the UK, and an increasing number of gynaecologists, obstetricians and midwives now work together with acupuncturists to support their treatment.  It has become the number one complementary treatment recommended by fertility clinics.

Studies indicate that acupuncture triggers the release of prostaglandins, which stimulate production of chemicals in the nerve endings, which, in turn, transmit a message to the hypothalamus. Located at the base of the brain, the hypothalamus is the regulatory control centre for all hormone activitiy. It is of particular interest in regards to gynaecology, as it also controls the discharge of gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRH), which govern ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy.

Amongst other things, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can:-

  • regulate the hormones

  • Improve egg quality

  • Lower stress hormones

  • Increase blood circulation in the testes, ovaries and uterus

  • Improve sperm motility, morphology and count

  • Thicken the endometrium

  • Improve patency of fallopian tubes

  • Increase fertile mucus

  • Modulate immune response

Claire can support you in your fertility journey, throughout your pregnancy and prepare you for labour.  She can also effectively treat specific gynaecological conditions, such as PCOS, endometriosis, painful or heavy periods, PMS or hormonal imbalances, as well as menopause.  

Acupuncture has been also been shown to increase IVF success rates by 60%, and it can help alleviate side-effects of the IVF drugs.  Claire is dedicated to preparing patients for IVF, from the lead-up, to down-regulation, stimulation and through to embryo transfer.

To read more about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for fertility, gynaecology and pregnancy, please see Conceive

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