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How I Work

I have a very integrated approach; I combine my knowledge of how to diagnose underlying health imbalances and support fertility from a Chinese acupuncture perspective with extensive experience in working out how to diagnose causes of infertility from a Western med perspective. 

 

I will be as interested in your blood hormone levels as I will be in your Chinese medicine diagnostic signs and symptoms. I use classic acupuncture diagnostic tools like the pulse, the tongue and patterns from major health indicators such as sleep, digestion and mood, but I also like use information from blood tests, scan results etc to guide treatment and advice.

 

Fertility Acupuncture

I recommend weekly treatment initially, if possible, to get the most out of fertility acupuncture - in my experience this produces the strongest response when it comes to making changes to menstrual cycles, improving blood test results, improving semen analysis parameters etc. Once a good response has been established (as evidenced by better menstrual cycle, improved sleep, improved stress levels, improved libido, better digestion) then we can start to space treatments out more. 

A 3-4 month preparation window is preferable prior to IVF to give us a chance to improve egg and sperm quality and underlying health (and in some cases to avoid IVF altogether). This 3-4 month preparation window is based on there being no specific underlying issues that need to be resolved - if we uncover issues along the way that need to be worked on and resolved, it can mean that things take a bit longer. If necessary we can minimise the acupuncture treatments to free up funds for other interventions, or even pause altogether while you work on a specific aspect that we have uncovered (digestive issues, varicocele repair etc). 

See below for prices,

Treatment Prices

CURRENT PRICE LIST (AUGUST 2021)

Online Zoom Consultation 

This is the place to start for anyone considering my Fertility Acupuncture VIP Service, but this can also be used as a standalone option if you would like me to cast an expert eye over your situation and provide some advice and direction. This is normally held over Zoom, but it is also possible to hold this consultation in person if you would prefer. 

You need to fill in and return my fertility questionnaire to get the most out of this consultation.

£150 (preparation, 60 minutes Zoom Consultation)

  • Optional +£30 for written report following the consultation

     

Fertility Mentoring & Fertility Acupuncture VIP Service (55 mins)
A limited number of spaces are available for this service
    

  • Extended acupuncture appointments, plenty of time for us to discuss everything and time for a relaxing, nourishing acupuncture session

  • I am available on email for queries, questions and moral support between weekly appointments

  • I will teach you to track and understand your cycle and show you how to support a healthier, more fertile cycle

  • I will support you to understand more about what you can and cannot expect from your GP and help you to feel more confident managing those awkward conversations where you are asking for something that they don't understand or don't want to do

  • I work with tests and investigations that are not available on the NHS and unlikely to be run by a private IVF clinic - tests that might be able to show what the problem is and how to fix it

  • I will have time to explain things to you as we go along - why I am recommending certain tests, what the results might show us to empower you and teach you to self-advocate
  • I will help liaise with and coordinate any additional testing or referrals that seem necessary and help you to understand the results and see what action is recommended
  • I will try my very best to ensure you feel supported and listened to throughout the whole process

 

​Clients using my VIP service will be front and centre in my mind, and I will be fully committed to supporting your fertility journey and to working with you through this.

£95 for 55 mins in Danbury & Burnham on Crouch, Essex

£140 for 55 mins in Scrutton Street, Shoreditch

 

Simple Acupuncture (30 mins)

This short, basic appointment is just long enough for a very quick symptom recap, pulse assessment and acupuncture treatment. There is no time for any in depth discussions, this is about as pared down as I can make it and email support will be minimal. For most of my clients, this appointment will not allow us the time we need but it would work for

- follow on appointment for male fertility

- as an occasional ‘quickie’ for a client who wants to pop in for an extra dose of needles between VIP appointments

£60 for 30 mins in Danbury & Burnham on Crouch, Essex

£90 for 30 mins in Scrutton Street, Shoreditch

Couples Mentoring & Fertility Acupuncture VIP Service (90 mins) 

See above for details of how the VIP Service works.

A couple can either have a simultaneous consultation and treatments or come one after the other:

£130 in Danbury, Essex

£180 in Scrutton Street, Shoreditch

Couples Fertility Acupuncture Simple Acupuncture 

Treated together, one after another in 60 mins

£110 in Danbury, Essex

£160 in Scrutton Street, Shoreditch

 

Fertility Osteopathy 

Visceral/cranial osteopathy with Gill Hind (specialist in fertility, pregnancy and post natal recovery) (60 mins)

£60 in Danbury, Essex

£100 in Scrutton Street, Shoreditch​​

The Non-Acupuncture Option

(For people who would like to work closely with us but who really don't want acupuncture) 

It is possible to work with Gill as your primary practitioner, and work with me in advisory capacity. This works well for someone who needs some physical support and mentoring/guidance through infertility investigations, but doesn't want acupuncture. 

If you would like to work with us with, send your details to alex@essexfertility.co.uk and we can arrange an initial Zoom consultation (or initial in-person consultation and treatment session):

-          Name

-          Date of birth

-          Address

-          Email address

-          Mobile Number

-          Permission to contact you for booking appointments, SMS appointment reminders etc