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Your Journey Can Begin with a Few Extra Steps. Traditional Acupuncture Increases IVF Success

A Patient's Perspective - My story by Clare

After years of severe stomach cramps, painful periods & being hospitalised I was given a laparoscopy to discover that I was suffering with endometriosis at the age of twenty-two.

After 4 years of trying for a baby without success a second laparoscopy was performed & I had laser treatment to remove the endometriosis. Again we tried for 12 months to conceive, but had no joy. I then received two IUI treatments but both failed.

On the third treatment we were given a positive pregnancy test, what a joy it was... but unfortunately I miscarried at 8 weeks. We were devastated but we did not give up hope! I under went two further IUI treatments, again more disappointment – I miscarried.

A friend who had gone through the same pattern of failed conceptions recommended that acupuncture treatment by Toni Tucker may help with my problem. Toni is an experienced midwife & consultant acupuncturist specialising in fertility, infertility and care of women in pregnancy and childbirth. I was relieved to hear that this paradigm of medicine, known as traditional acupuncture, could assist with my conception. This gave me new hope. I saw a light at the end of this tunnel of darkness, within which I had been traveling for years!

I had a consultation with Toni, who was reassuring, hopeful and extremely helpful. She suggested individually planned pre-conceptual care and recommended that using acupuncture would hugely assist IVF treatment. She also referred me to Jo Habberley, a nutritional therapist with whom she works extensively, as described in the article below.

My consultant totally supported Toni's work and I started my pre conceptual acupuncture programme, followed by the IVF cycle treatment in London . Acupuncture treatment assisted with process of egg collection and embryo transfer. My pregnancy test was positive on the first attempt and I was delighted with the news. My progress was monitored closely by my IVF team as well as Toni, allowing me to benefit from her specialised skills and experience within this field.

I am now 40 weeks pregnant and have had the most amazing pregnancy. I did not show any reaction to IVF drugs such as migraine attacks, weight gain and mood swings and suffered no morning sickness. I have had an extreme sense of well being throughout my entire pregnancy, which I believe is due to acupuncture treatment. Any minor ailments such as frequency, constipation and backache were also relieved by acupuncture during my pregnancy.

Our miracle baby is now due and I am planning to have acupuncture to help to enhance natural labour.

Toni says, "As pregnancy is a natural physiological process, not an illness, women prefer to have drug free modalities for improving fertility, unexplained infertility and disorders of pregnancy and childbirth. While other therapies are helpful, traditional acupuncture can be the principal modality. The safety of the treatment is recommended by acupuncturists who have an extensive training in midwifery and obstetrics, enabling the practitioner to bring safety and efficacy in caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth. East and west can work together to provide quality care."

Toni has merged with consultants working with IVF units in London and locally

Grace our miracle baby was born alive and healthy, she is the most beautiful and priceless gift we have ever had. Thank you to the science of the east and the west.

Toni is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society as well as the British Acupuncture Council and the Royal College of Midwives.


For further information please contact Toni Tucker:

01628 525 299/ mobile 07958 730 157.

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