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Expanding our Coventry Clinic

It’s been a busy few months at the Fertility Support Clinic; alongside helping lots of couples to start there dreams of having a family we have been expanding our Coventry clinic.

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We now have three beautiful treatment rooms at our clinic in Coventry.

Our clinic in Leamington Spa will be moving to 39A Regent Street.

Our clients come and see us from Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Solihull and sometimes even further afield.

Please contact us in confidence about the fertility and pregnancy support services we offer.

No other route left but Jacqui showed us new light

When IVF fails you feel you have no other route left but Jacqui showed us new light and after one months session of seeing her we conceived naturally. Jacqui has always given her full time at each session she is extremely knowledgable, reassuring and encouraging. Each time I went home feeling more positive and relaxed. We can not thank Jacqui enough for helping us through this difficult time.

we’re now expecting non identical twins.

Hi Jacqui

Following on from support and treatment with our fertility treatment, I wanted to let you know that we’re now expecting non identical twins. They are due around 15th December, and following my scan last week, both are perfect. I just wanted to thank you once again for your advise and help. I really do think it made a difference with such positive results. Keep up the fab work.

Kind regards, A

I decided to try acupuncture

After trying to conceive naturally for seven months, I decided to try acupuncture in an attempt to boost my fertility after reading about it online. Through the Zita West Clinic website, I found Jacqui and within two weeks had started my acupuncture “treatment”. From our first meeting, I immediately warmed to Jacqui and felt hugely reassured and well supported by her. The advice and counsel she provided was invaluable and really helped me to understand the TTC process and manage my expectations and emotions surrounding it. Jacqui recommended several additional supplements and vitamins for me to take, which I started on immediately. After my first month of seeing Jacqui, I was delighted to discover I was pregnant and couldn’t believe how quickly it suddenly seemed to have happened -post acupuncture- after a seemingly very long and hard few months.
Since becoming pregnant I have maintained my sessions with Jacqui, once a month (but actually genuinely miss seeing her more often!!). For anyone TTC -either naturally or assisted – and struggling, I can whole heartedly recommend Jacqui! Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in her field, she is also kind, reassuring and encouraging. Making that initial phone call was the best thing I’ve done this year (after getting pregnant!)

To Jacqui

To Jacqui 
words can’t describe what a truly wonderful lady you are.You are my guiding light on my fertility Journey . You’ve provided me with support, advice, confidence and peace every step of the way. I can’t thank you enough 
love D 

This lovely patient is now 6 weeks pregnant and just seen her little fatal heart beat, D had suffered 3 miscarriages and came to see me just a year ago. I signed posted her to “The Proff” ( Proff Quenby and Proff Jan Brosen ) she was diagnosed with very high NK cells. D has also been under the care Dr Rina Agrawal  at CRM ( Coventry Reproductive Medicine ) and was diagnosed with very high Thyroid levels and raised prolactin levels. This was going to be D’s first  IVF which was abandoned due to irregular stimulation. No Egg collection was made , D was upset of course be remained  optimistic  , D came to see me for Acupuncture  ovulation Tx and is now pregnant .

Diagnosing, understanding and treating male fertility issues

The holistic therapies we undertake in our clinic follow the principles of Chinese Medicine. From this perspective, the main causes of male fertility issues fall into two categories: stagnation of blood and circulation; and deficiencies in other areas caused by lifestyle.

A study conducted by The College of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine reported that acupuncture treatment can enhance semen quality and quantity of sperm, while improving the spermatogenic environment and normalising sex hormones.

I first look for good blood flow to the pelvic area and then other pathogenic factors that may cause stagnation, such as Damp and Heat. Doppler ultra sound scanning equipment can also look at the blood flow to the testicles. This may detect Varicocele, or other issues underlying the male fertility issue.

I always look at lifestyle, diet and supplements, as so much improvement can be made in just this area alone. A low sperm count diagnosis is becoming far more common, with environmental factors influencing the quantity and quality of the sperm being produced. Once lifestyle changes have been implemented, and the count remains a problem then we will look further into underlying medical conditions.

Sperm production is a complex, daily process that takes about 100 days from beginning to end. On average it takes 74 days to mature the sperm and a further 20 days for the sperm to become capable of fertilising an egg. This process takes place in the testicles, and the fragile tubes that transport the sperm to mix with the semen. It also involves the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. If there is an issue with any one of these systems, it will have a detrimental impact on the sperm.

10 medical conditions that can cause low sperm count:

1. Being over weight or obese:

Researchers suspect that hormone imbalances due to obesity, extra heat around the testicular area, and/or other hormone issues may be factors.

2. Hormonal disruption:

The pituitary gland, hypothalamus and testicles are integral to the hormone production required for healthy sperm. If hormones are out of balance, sperm production will be affected. Thyroid and adrenal issues can also cause hormone imbalance that leads to male infertility.

3. Undescended testicles:

This may have happened in childhood, having ramifications later on in adulthood. Sometimes, one or both of the testicles fail to descend from the abdominal cavity and into the scrotum. This can lead to issues with sperm production by keeping the sperm at higher temperatures than their preferred 94° F climate.

4. Ejaculation problems:

A low sperm count can be the result of retrograde ejaculation (where the semen enters the bladder rather than emerging at the tip of the penis). Ejaculatory issues can be the result of several medical conditions, like diabetes, a history of bladder or urethra surgeries, spinal injuries or can be a side effect of medications that are alpha blockers, often used to treat high blood pressure.

5. Infections and STDs:

Certain infections can cause problems with sperm production and/or can cause scar tissue that blocks the sperm’s ability to make it out of the penis. The most common infections are STDs such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Prostatitis (an inflamed prostate) and other urinary tract infections can also be culprits.

6. Varicocele, varicose veins in the testicles:

Veins can become swollen in the testicles and this condition causes the internal temperature to rise which can reduce sperm count and sperm quality. Treatment can vastly improve quantity and quality of sperm.

7. Tumors:

Both cancerous, and non-malignant tumors close to any of the organs and systems required for healthy sperm production can effect it. If the tumors themselves don’t affect it, potential treatments can also have a significant effect on sperm health.

8. Immune disorders:

Some men have anti-sperm antibodies that mistake the sperm for foreign entities and begin attacking them as if they were a harmful pathogen.

9: Defects in the Sperm Ducts:

Sperm rely on sperm ducts to travel, so any deformity or blockage in these ducts will prevent them from reaching their destination. Some men are born with blockages in the part of the testicles where sperm are stored (the epididymis) or in one of the tubes that carry sperm out of the testicles (called the vas deferens). Other men are born without any sperm ducts at all, although both of these conditions are fairly rare.

10: Chromosome Defects:

There are certain chromosomal disorders that cause abnormal development of the male reproductive organs. One example is Klinefelter’s syndrome, where a man is born with two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome instead of only one of each. Others include Kallmann’s syndrome, Kartagener syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

If you are having problems conceiving then sitting down with a fertility specialist to discuss yours and your partners’ fertility history, medical conditions and lifestyle is an advisable starting point.

Proxeed Plus for men is specifically designed to aid fertility an is advocated globally by key fertility physicians.You can purchase both Proxeed Plus and Proxeed Women by clicking on the  image below to purchase:

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Happy easter!

J-4“Hi Jac,
I hope you and Ray are well. I miss you and think of you often! I have just been so preoccupied with visitors and the babies. I never got to tell you just how grateful I am to have met you. I truly believe these two beautiful babies would not have been here without your help. You are such a wonderful person and I wish so much happiness for you. Your positive spirit is infectious! You are truly one of the best people I have ever met. I hope I will see you soon xo
Lots of love,
J”

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Supporting those seeking fertility treatment abroad

We have worked with a number of couples and individuals seeking fertility treatment abroad, below is a case study which I have anonymised where I worked with a lady who wanted fertility treatment abroad.

Fertility Treatment Abroad Case Study:

A 29 year old lady suffering from premature ovarian failure and also has extremely high killer natural cells. The couple contacted me in Nov 2014 after the first NHS funded IVF cycle had sadly been unsuccessful, after research they decided to have fertility treatment in Reprogenisise in Bruno, Chez Republic.

The reasons behind this decision were:

  • Extremely high success rates
  • No waiting times
  • Choice of donor anonymity
  • Lower costs

Having made the decision to seek treatment abroad, the couple had already researched and felt very comfortable with their choice, they had already had counselling from their Hospital after the failed IVF cycle in preparation for Donor Conception. They had taken a trip to visit the clinic in Bruno for the weekend to have bloods taken and give a semen sample.

They came to Fertility Support for help during the monitored cycle. The patient was taking prescribed HRT (hormones replacement therapy) and because of the diagnoses of very high NK cells this patient was very keen to have intra lipid treatment. I was able to assist her locating a Hospital that was able to offer this treatment in the UK.

Alongside her fertility treatment I carried out a course of Electro Acupuncture over a period of 15 days to help thicken the endometrial lining then during the middle of her treatment cycle our trained sonographer, Suki Rai, carried out an ultrasound scan to determine endometrial thickness – the results were sent over to Reprogenises.

The couple then traveled over to Bruno a few days before the donor eggs would be collected, so that sperm samples could be taken and collected eggs fertilised. The donor eggs were successfully fertilised with one blastocyst embryo being transferred to the patient and a further four were frozen.

After the transfer the couple traveled back and I saw them that same day, for post transfer acupuncture treatment and then 2 days later Acupuncture treatment to help with implantation. I am happy to say the couple had the fantastic news of a positive pregnancy test.

At just 7-weeks we carried out another Early Pregnancy Scan, the baby looked perfect.

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For some the idea of seeking fertility treatment abroad is their first choice, for others it may be an option after one or many failed cycles of fertility treatment in the UK. During our initial consultation we are able to discuss the options and how I can help during the process. I have worked with couples that are excellent at resourcing many aspects of their treatment and require acupuncture and ultrasound scans, others may need a little more help and support, my aim is to be here to support you throughout your journey as an individual or couple.

Please contact me with any questions re fertility treatment abroad or to book a 30 min free consultation.

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Morning Sickness

“I was suffering with acute morning sickness during my second pregnancy, completely exhausted as I was unable to keep water or food down. It was then that a friend recommended Jacqueline for acupuncture. From the very first visit I felt reassured by her calm and caring nature and after a couple of days my symptoms and sickness began to improve. Following a second treatment a few days later, my nausea disappeared and I was not sick again for the entire pregnancy….a truly wonderful relief after constant nausea and sickness for around ten weeks! I feel incredibly grateful that I was put in touch with Jacqueline as I was able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy with regular treatments throughout. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jacqueline for acupuncture.”
F. H

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Acupuncture and recurrent miscarriage

I feel really passionate about the patients that I see suffering with the heart break of the loss of their baby through miscarriage or those suffering from recurrent miscarriage. It is documented that one in four women have at least one miscarriage, so that is estimated at around a quarter of a million women in the UK each year. Recurrent Miscarriage is defined as 3 consecutive miscarriages, meaning that this affects approximately 1% of women.

Research has shown that when you combine acupuncture and IVF the success rate goes from 26% to 43% and it has also understood that acupuncture reduces the risk of miscarriage, also showing that when undergoing IVF 20% miscarried not having received acupuncture compared to 8% of those that had acupuncture treatment.

The Causes of Miscarriage:

Miscarriage can be a result of genetic, hormonal, immunological, physiological, anatomical or environmental factors.

Recurrent Miscarriage may also be linked with blood clotting disorders. acupuncture is known to help with improving blood flow to the uterus, and also improve hormonal production. Of course helping mom to feel more relaxed and reducing stress levels greatly enhances success rates. As a practitioner and a counsellor I find this area of my work most satisfying, and find such satisfaction in helping couples that have been struggling with this very difficult issue.

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Beyond Perfect

“Isabella Charlotte born 7.50 this morning 8lbs 3oz (May 2014).

Jacqueline was recommended to us by our Consultant at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine. After 3 unsuccessful rounds of ICSI (one of which resulted in a miscarriage at 6 weeks) over 2 long years, I was keen (and a bit desperate!) to try something new.

Jacqueline immediately put us at ease & I commenced regular sessions. The appointments gave me the opportunity to completely focus on this round of ICSI & truly relax. During this time, Jacqueline provided constant emotional support & advice.

I had a very positive response to the stimulation treatment & produced 16 eggs of which 9 developed into embryos. We were able to have 7 embryos frozen; something which had never been an option for us.

My pregnancy was confirmed on 14 September 2013. We were in shock & Jacqueline was one of the very few people we told about our news. I continued to see Jacqueline throughout my pregnancy & the appointments gave me the confidence to believe in the pregnancy & focus on my unborn baby.

Isabelle was born May 2014 & is perfect. After years of unsuccessful treatment, we honestly believe that we wouldn’t be in this position today if we hadn’t met Jacqueline & are so grateful for what she was able to do for us.”

IVF / ICSI | Pregnancy

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Acupuncture assisting hormonal balance

Hormonal imbalance can trigger off an immune reaction. This may lead to conditions like premature ovarian failure. Hormonal disturbance of the thyroid may be diagnosed by a simple blood test. In studies carried out by RESOLVE it was found that 23% – 35% who have suffered from recurrent miscarriage have antithyroid antibodies, compared to 10% – 17% who carry to term. Antithyroid antibodies can be an indication of hypothyroidism, a very common complaint in the UK and may contribute to a woman’s tendency to miscarry.