What are complementary fertility treatments?

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Fertility treatment can be a daunting and stressful process. Not only might be you be facing a number of clinical procedures which can cause anxiety in themselves there’s also the added worry about the success or failure of such an enormous investment of time, money and emotion. This can become a self-perpetuating situation as the stress of dealing with infertility makes the chances of the treatment succeeding less likely and adding further to the anxiety.

Fortunately, there are a number of complementary options that are designed to work with people undergoing fertility treatments to ensure that, not only is some of the stress relieved, but also that the body can be in the best shape for optimising the treatment and subsequent pregnancy, if it’s successful.

Fertility counselling

Counselling is available to anyone undergoing fertility treatment as a matter of course. At Chiltern Fertility, we can put you in contact with trained counsellors who are used to the tensions, worries and fears of infertile couples, undergoing treatment and will be on hand throughout the process to provide support and an empathetic ear.

Sometimes counselling is a required part of the treatment and the clinic will not proceed until satisfied that the individuals are fully aware of the implications of the treatment. This is mainly in the case where a donor has been used or a surrogate has been found as there are a number of potential social pitfalls including the rights of donors and subsequently the children’s rights to seek out the donor’s identity once they have reached 18 years old. It also a normal step in receiving a sperm donation to ensure that the donor provides his consent that the sperm can be used in the future, particularly in cases when the donor may be incapacitated or are no longer alive.

Diet and nutrition

It’s important to eat a good balanced diet if you are considering fertility treatment. The fitter and healthier your body is the more likely you are to become pregnant. A high Body Mass Index (BMI) could be a problem for anyone thinking of embarking on treatment as it has been proven to have a negative impact on likelihood of conception. Also, a high ration of body fat can prevent certain surgical and anaesthetic procedures.

Good nutrition will generally improve the chances of conception by stabilising hormone levels, lowering stress as well as tackle problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome.


For many couples, IVF treatment can be one of the most stressful times they face in their lives and although it may not be for everyone there are holistic remedies available which can help to reduce anxiety. Acupuncture is one of the complementary therapies that can aid individuals to relax during the stresses of the fertility treatment. Some acupuncturists will claim that their therapy can help stimulate fertility without additional treatment because it helps to remove stress whilst stimulating blood flow and helping to regulate hormone levels.

At Chiltern Fertility, we can arrange appointments with the relevant practitioners and Mr Julian Norman-Taylor will discuss this in full during your consultation. Fill in the contact form and Mr Norman-Taylor’s private secretary will be in touch. If you wish to check availability, click here to look at our online booking calendar.