It is estimated that one in four couples have trouble conceiving, a problem which appears to be on the rise and a West Swindon-based acupuncturist and fertility specialist Su Bhagi (pictured) has decided to bring couples together to discuss ways to help them.
On Saturday 6 November she is hosting a seminar to share information about how chances of conception can be improved, either naturally or via IVF or ICSI, by paying attention to a number of life-style factors.
“This seminar is especially important as it will help women understand how crucial it is to prepare their body for conception, whether this is to occur naturally or otherwise,” said Su. “A holistic approach is useful where the fertility problem appears to be unexplained, after all the medical tests for the man and the woman have been done and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong physiologically.”
Conventional medicine typically advocates a three to six month programme of hormone therapy for women before advising either IVF or ICSI.
“It is incorrect to assume that the IVF drugs will do all the work. If optimum health isn’t achieved beforehand it may take longer to conceive by any method,” Su said. She has demonstrated in her clinic that greater success rates can be achieved by addressing such issues as poor diet and emotional state of mind.
She added, “much of the meat we eat is very rich in hormones such as oestrogen which can confuse the body. So keeping the meat content of our diet quite low, eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding too much caffeine and alcohol all play an important role in improving fertility.
“From an emotional perspective it’s important to understand that prolonged periods of stress can prevent ovulation. For example juggling a busy career and trying to get pregnant at the same time is very demanding on a woman.
“Learning how to let go and understanding that conception is not entirely in our control is a vital part of improving fertility too.”
For details of the seminar call Su Bhaji on 608776 or mail: email@example.com