Natural Fertility Care
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natural Fertility Care
aking babies is in our DNA. It is
part of what makes us human; so
when couples find themselves
struggling to conceive it can be deeply
Not least because many people plan
their future around the inevitability of
having a family to nurture, and when that
plan fails to materialise they feel an
inescapable sense of emptiness.
Even more harrowing can be expensive
failed attempts at IVF as well as repeated
miscarriages. It can all cause stress,
depression and can push some couples to
the point of separation.
When even IVF doesn’t work, rather
than give up altogether many aspiring
parents are now turning to the increasingly
sought-after practise of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture.
A research study published in the
British Medical Journal (February 2008)
concluded that “acupuncture can boost
women’s chances of conceiving through
IVF by 65 per cent”.
Dr. Li Qin Zhao is one of the UK’s
leading practitioners of TCM and
specialises in gynaecological and
reproductive treatments including
She is qualified in both Western
medicine and TCM including acupuncture
with 25 years’ experience working both in
the UK and in China.
“Many people come to me with
complicated fertility conditions or having
gone through years of trying to conceive
using IVF or IUI without any success,
however most of them achieved the
pregnancy they so desperately desired
after following my TCM programme,”
said Dr. Zhao.
“Poor diet and lifestyle can contribute
to infertility but there is also the fact that
more and more people are trying to
conceive later in life.”
Long term use of the contraceptive pill
can also have a significant impact on
fertility according to TCM philosophy.
TCM is aimed at treating the underlying
causes of illness using a range of
The treatment works by stimulating
certain pressure points in the body with
the insertion of ultra-thin sterile needles
and a combination of Chinese herbal
prescriptions to encourage the body’s
natural healing mechanisms.
Dr. Zhao uses acupuncture and Chinese
medicine to help rebalance the hormone
levels, increase blood supply to
reproductive organs, improve egg and
sperm quality, make the lining of the
uterus more receptive to an embryo and of
course promote eventual conception.
She has a study of 326 patients in her
clinic aged between 28 and 50 who
received TCM treatments; 67 per cent
became pregnant which compares to the
UK average success rate of 29.6 per cent
for women aged under 35 through IVF
Dr Li Qin Zhao B.Med.Sci, M.BAcC,
Zhong Jing TCM
74 Ecclesall Road South
Sheffield, S11 9PG
Tel: 0114 268 1868
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Four of Dr. Zhao’s
patients told us of
their success stories…
Nurse Kate Harrison, 36, had been
trying to conceive with her partner for
eight years when she decided to try
“I was open minded about the effect of
TCM as I had read articles (in medical
journals) stating that TCM can help
“I decided to have TCM treatment with
Dr. Zhao in preparation for, and during
my first IVF treatment. The first two
cycles failed as I had tremendous stress,
accidentally broke my arm and developed
severe cystitis during the treatment.
“However I became pregnant on my
third attempt (from a frozen cycle) with
twins. Sadly I miscarried one at seven
weeks and the other embryo was in the
fallopian tube and I had to have an
emergency operation for a ruptured
ectopic pregnancy and had the right
fallopian tube removed.
“I was very ill and my menstrual cycle
was very irregular and I felt extremely
low physically and mentally so I went
back to see Dr Zhao for further treatment.
“She managed to regulate my cycle
very quickly and then as I waited to
start another IVF cycle I found I was
pregnant through TCM alone with only
“I was amazed and am eternally
grateful to Dr Zhao! We had a beautiful,
“When we wanted to try for a sibling
for our daughter we decided to give the
embryos we had frozen from our
previous cycles a chance and I became
pregnant on the first try with Dr Zhao’s
“We now have two beautiful perfect
girls! We would have been happy to try
using TCM alone again however as the
embryos had already been created we felt
we should give them a chance of life.
“I would absolutely recommend the
treatment. My menstrual cycle went
from being completely erratic to a 28-
day cycle. Most importantly it works. I
have two amazing examples of Dr
Rebecca Ford, 34, had been on the
contraceptive pill for 13 years and had
stopped menstruating altogether after
she came off the pill at the age of 27.
“After being married for two years we
wanted to start trying for a family but
after a year of nothing happing I went to
my GP. I was soon referred to an
infertility specialist at our local hospital
where I was diagnosed with Polycystic
Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
“For the next two years I underwent
investigations and different treatments
but nothing seemed to work, every
month felt like a failure. I was eventually
started on ovulation induction and
finally I was responding but too much;
they cancelled all of our treatment telling
us there was nothing left they could do
for us. We were left devastated.
“A friend introduced me to one of her
friends who was pregnant following
IVF. It was her who told me about Dr
Zhao. She had had four failed IVF
attempts and got into a lot of debt. She
got pregnant on her first IVF cycle
combined with acupuncture.
“I was a little sceptical about
acupuncture as I didn’t understand how
it would work and I was a little nervous
about having needles stuck in me.
“But I found the treatment very
relaxing and it eased my stress from the
whole situation. It never hurt, the
needles were so fine I could hardly feel
them going in.
“I had acupuncture throughout the
IVF process and finally I fell pregnant! I
continued with the acupuncture
throughout my pregnancy and had a
baby boy in December 2005.
“In 2008 we wanted to have IVF again
to try for a sibling. We didn’t expect it to
work first time again, we didn’t think
we’d be so lucky. But I continued with
the acupuncture and later found I was
pregnant. We were amazed! Again I
continued with acupuncture throughout
my pregnancy. We had a daughter in
January this year. I have all faith in Dr
Zhao, she is amazing.”
Linda and Mark Russell, both 45
years old, proud parents of a four-
year-old daughter Minnie, had been
diagnosed with male-factor infertility
as Mark had poor sperm motility and
“We had been trying to conceive for
eight years and had undergone nine IVF
attempts and achieved two pregnancies
but both miscarried.
“We were referred to Dr. Zhao by our
consultant when we were going through
our tenth cycle of IVF.
“After both of us receiving a
combination of acupuncture and Chinese
herbal medicine I had seven eggs
collected and six of them fertilised and
divided. We were told they were the best
quality embryos we had ever produced
so I continued with acupuncture before
and after implantation.
“When I found out I was pregnant we
were over the moon and we had a
beautiful baby girl in January 2005. We
are absolutely convinced that Dr.
Zhao’s invaluable professional help and
advice made our dream come.
“There are a lot of people that might
not realise how TCM could help them
overcome infertility, they probably
wouldn’t even think about it but yet it
can offer a lot.”
Janet Dibbs, 34, was diagnosed with
cancer at the age of 18. After surgery,
chemotherapy and five years on
Tamoxifen, she went into a
chemically-induced early menopause.
“I was told that it was very unlikely that
I’d ever be able to have children without
IVF. At the age of 33 I decided that I
wanted to try for children as I had just
been told that my cancer was genetic
and could affect my ovaries.
“Tests revealed I had very high FSH
levels, too high to be considered for IVF.
A friend who had seen Dr. Zhao and had
a successful pregnancy recommended I
give acupuncture a try.
“After six months of acupuncture and
Chinese herbal treatment from Dr. Zhao,
my hormone levels had improved
remarkably and I was ready for IVF.
“However, I continued my treatment
with Dr. Zhao and a few months before I
was due to start my first cycle of IVF, I
discovered I was pregnant naturally. My
specialist was astonished yet extremely
delighted for us.
“I had a very healthy pregnancy with
no morning sickness and I now have a
beautiful baby daughter who is a total
miracle. She is a dream come true.
“I cannot thank Dr. Zhao enough for
all her support, guidance and care but
above all, expertise. I highly recommend
her to help you achieve pregnancy.”