Your Initial Fertility Consultation Explained

You are anticipating your first visit to The Acupuncture Fertility Centre. What should you expect for your Initial Fertility Consultation?

Your Initial Fertility Consultation Explained

One or Two?

First of all the invitation to attend will be open to both of you – as appropriate. Secondly you will be asked to bring along a completed consultation form. This will be emailed to you in advance as part of your welcome pack. This process will help speed things along and allow me to tailor the treatment to your circumstances.

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During the session the questions will fall into the following categories:-

  •  Tests, evaluations and previous treatments
  •  Lifestyle changes you have made
  • Your general health
  • Your reproductive health

The assessment is also likely to include a check of your pulse and tongue and an evaluation of your abdominal temperature. The aim of the session will be to put together a strategy to your desired outcome.

why are you taking my pulse?

And ladies (depending on circumstances) you will be asked to start taking your daily temperature (the so-called basal body temperature) so that we can evaluate how effectively your menstrual cycle is working. This was discussed in a previous blog.

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Three Steps

The three steps to take you forward will be:-

  • diagnosis
  • plan
  • treatment

The diagnosis will be individualised according to the principle of traditional Chinese medicine, developed over more than 2,500 years. Treatment may include acupuncture needles, moxibustion (warming therapy to improve circulation), massage, cupping, dietary advice and exercise.

These are clearly not the work of just one session – after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day – but the aim is to put the explained into the unexplained so that you can feel confident that you are in good hands..

Here’s to making a difference!

Thank you for all your help throughout our journey in bringing this little man into the world!  R.

Dear Magic Martin,

There are no words that can really say how eternally grateful we are to you. You helped to change our lives and give us this special gift.    A.H.

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I Can Never Get My Temperature Right

Bright Red And Rolling With Sweat

You never know what to wear. One moment you are frozen and the next you are bright red and rolling with sweat. You put on layer after layer of clothes so that you look like Michelin man! Your hands and feet are always blue and freezing cold.

Full or Empty?

If any of these apply to you then acupuncture might be a helpful friend. But how does this ancient treatment deal with temperature regulation? To make sense of this let us boil the possible variations down into two key questions. These are –

  • Hot or cold?
  • Full or empty?

So what does this mean in practice? The distinction to an acupuncturist is important as each of the four possibilities requires a different treatment strategy. Distinguishing whether we are hot or cold might seem obvious – do we prefer a warm or a cold room, do we look pale or red and flushed, do we like our drinks hot or cold? Does heat or ice help? Do we wear more or less clothes than other people around us?

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But what about full or empty? Full conditions are generally stronger and give rise to fuller symptoms, with a stronger presentation. Empty conditions on the other hand arise from deficiency and may become worse when we are tired.

To give a couple of examples, mild menopausal night sweats are usually characterised as empty heat and often show their hand in the afternoon and at night when we are more tired. They come and go as flushes, as does the redness in the face.  Full heat would be exemplified by tonsillitis. Symptoms of this condition  include a sore throat aggravated by swallowing, along with  a continuous fever. The symptoms will often feel more intense than with the first example, and less inclined to variation. We may feel more restless.

The Red Tip Of This Tongue Indicates The Presence Of Heat

A similar set of principles applies to cold. It is curious to note that many of my fertility patients that exhibit low progesterone levels also present with empty cold. Commonly their abdomen will  be cold as will be their hands and feet.

Deciphering The Signs

The skill of the acupuncturist lies in deciphering the signs presented by the body which involves listening, touching, asking, looking and smelling. This will include a reading of both the tongue and pulse. Treatment such as clearing and nourishing will be applied as appropriate until the signs diminish. Lifestyle changes can help too. Foods can be added/subtracted to your diet to cool you (avoid ginger and chili), warm you (soups and stews, ginger, black pepper) and nourish you (miso soup, beetroot soup).

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You may also exhibit a combination of these symptoms (eg freezing during the day and hot in bed), which would require two parallel treatment principles. And yes men do get night sweats too!

Would you like to be better regulated? Call Martin Dean on 07969413158

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