I would love to walk with you on your fertility journey, to support you emotionally and physically through my acupuncture practice.

If you would like to meet with me to talk about your story, I will try my very best to help you.

Kind regards, Alex

Fertility Acupuncture Specialist

Essex Fertility





114, London Wall,


(within the Light Centre, Moorgate)

Mon/Wed:           114.30 - 20.15



Holicity Heatlh

140 Station Road,
Burnham on Crouch, CM0 8HQ


Tuesdays:               9.00 - 13.00

24 Maldon Road,

Danbury, CM3 4QH

(within Danbury Dental Care)

Thursdays :            9.00 - 14.30

Fridays:                   9.00 - 12.30

Saturdays:             12.00 - 17.30

To book please email


01245 226007

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Advice for Two Dads

If you know you need to use IVF and surrogacy to create your family, you may feel that the health and wellbeing of your developing baby is out of your hands. What difference does it make what you eat, how you live, what stress you live with? It may come as a surprise that it can make a significant difference, and it is definitely worth paying attention to your own health and wellbeing as you roll towards the day of your big contribution.

In the Short Term

Poor sperm health has been linked to a wide variety of issues such as poor implantation and an increased risk of early miscarriage. Implantation is the process through which the embryo burrows down into the womb and starts to lay down the roots of the placenta which will then be used to provide nourishment and waste-removal for the developing baby. The DNA of the sperm has a strong influence on the way the placenta develops through the implantation process, and this in turn can have influence on how secure the developing foetus is in early pregnancy.

Research data shows that there seems to be a direct link between a high BMI and both poor implantation and higher rates of miscarriage. If you are carrying excess weight, make a concerted effort to reduce your BMI prior to launching into IVF as it will improve your chances of success.

In the Longer Term

The long-term health and wellness of the potential child can also be influenced by sperm health. Lower quality sperm has been linked to higher rates of heart disease, blood pressure and other life-long health issues for your offspring..

Can Sperm Health Be Improved?

In the vast majority of cases, YES!
Sperm take about 9 weeks to develop, so anything you do, everything you eat and any major stress you are under in the 9 weeks prior to IVF can have an impact on the sperm that are taken into the lab. It can make a huge difference to sperm health if you follow these basic guidelines in the 3 months prior to IVF:

  • Clean up your diet – eat a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables, each different colour brings in a different range of antioxidants which help to improve the environment in which the sperm are developing.

  • If you are smoking, stop. If you are vaping, stop. If you are partaking in recreational drugs, stop. You don’t have to stop forever, but try to stop for the 2-3 months prior to IVF. All these things can have a seriously negative impact on the integrity of the DNA within the developing sperm, and have a negative impact on the pregnancy and the health of any child.

  • If you drink alcohol, reduce this to 4 units a week or less – any more has been shown to have a negative impact on the safety of early pregnancy because it can damage the DNA of the sperm.

  • Start to snack on nuts and seeds – a single brazil nut contains your daily Selenium requirement for the manufacture of healthy sperm!

  • Put effort into reducing your stress levels, find ways to relax, laugh and rest. It will improve the quality of your sperm.

  • Keep your mobile phone out of your front pockets, keep your laptop on a table, not on your lap for hours. This regular, long-term exposure to low level radio signals is thought to be counter-productive for healthy sperm development.

  • Fertility Acupuncture – research shows that regular acupuncture can improve sperm test results, in many cases it may lift a low score result into a good score result.

But What If You Need ICSI?

ICSI is a lab procedure that involves removing the DNA from a selected sperm and placing it directly into the egg. This process means that sperm does not need to be super-healthy in order to create an embryo – but this artificial selection means that the best sperm is not necessarily the one that gets used to create the embryo. If you have had a test result that indicates you may need to use ICSI, it is possible to improve the situation so you don’t need to use ICSI when it comes to it. You can do this by making some of the changes outlined above, and having regular fertility acupuncture.


Action Plan . . .

Put these positive changes into action for the health of the pregnancy and the long-term health of the child. It is quite possible to improve sperm quality, and definitely worth it!

For those who find there are not enough hours in the day, I am able to offer 40 minute appointments right in the heart of Moorgate . . . 

See Below for Ways to Support Sperm Health . . .

Dietary Changes

Clean up your diet, less processed food, less sugar.

Avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats which decrease motility.


Eat more fresh fruit, particularly dark berries and citrus fruits which are loaded with antioxidants to support healthy sperm.


Don't keep your mobile phone in your front pocket, or sit for hours with your laptop or tablet on you lap to protect the area from harmful radiation and wifi.



Cut alcohol intake down or out. A binge night can have a really negative impact on sperm for the next 2-3 months.


Include nuts in your diet. Nuts are particularly rich in sperm-supporting micronutrients; walnuts, almonds and brazils.

A single brazil nut contains your daily Selenium requirement!


A preconception supplement for men can help ensure you have all the best vitamins and minerals to build healthy sperm. For the older man, it may also be good to take ubiquinol.


Switch to decaf or switch to herbal teas - caffeine can have a negative impact on sperm if you drink more than 2 cups a day.


Switch to loose fitting boxer shorts to help everything to stay cool - overheating is harmful to sperm development so no long soaks in a hot bath.



Stress hormones play havoc with fertility hormones, so make sure you take time to relax and unwind. Acupuncture can also really help to lower your stress hormones.


Increase your vegetable intake, particularly spinach, kale, broccoli, avocado and sweet potato. Locally grown and seasonal veg is best. 


Acupuncture has been shown in trials to have a really positive effect on sperm morphology and motility - and before you ask, the needles go in the wrists and lower legs!



Get a pot of seeds to sprinkle over porridge, salads, scambled eggs and even curries to give yourself a super-sperm boost.

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