Fertility and Gynaecology Specialty
Testimonial (11) First time pregnancy! with low AMH and other issues, :
" My husband and I tried to have a baby for a year before we went for testing. I wasn't too concerned as I was only 33 and pretty healthy in general. His results were fine, however, I was shocked and devastated to learn my results indicated a low ovarian reserve with a high FSH reading of 18.4 and low AMH and follicle count. As well as my low fertility, I also was experiencing very heavy painful periods and also mid-cycle bleeding. I saw a fertility specialist in Harley street and he recommended IVF which would be an expensive route as due to my poor FSH, I wouldn't be able to qualify on the NHS. I also didn't feel it was the right path for me, and decided to look into TCM.
I came across Catherine after she treated my friend and helped her have a successful pregnancy following a miscarriage. Even though I live quite far from Catherine, I had been to previous acupuncturists nearer me without success and I thought I'd give it one last go with someone recommended.
During the consultation, Catherine analysed various things and worked out a specific treatment plan for me which included drinking a herbal tea twice a day. As I lived quite far, I only planned to have acupuncture once a month. During the first month of treatment, I noticed my period was slightly less painful, however very heavy, and it felt like I was being 'cleared out', I don't know how else to describe it! My digestion also improved which was a surprise! In general, my body just seemed to be functioning better. During my next menstrual cycle I noticed for the first time that I had no bleeding between periods, and looked forward to a less painful period. However, I didn't even get to that point, because just 7 weeks after my initial appointment with Catherine, I discovered I was pregnant - my first ever positive pregnancy test! Catherine was the first person I rang and I was in total shock.
I am now 13 weeks pregnant and so far so good. Just want to thank Catherine and all she's done for me. I truly don't think I would be in this position without her. Since my treatment, she has also helped my dad with sciatica in only 2 acupuncture sessions, so I'll definitely be recommending her going forward.
Mrs. D, London 25.05.0218.
Testimonial (10) Improved egg quality, success with low AMH :
"At 37, I desperately wanted a third child, however after suffering hormonal challenges, miscarriage and a gap of 6 years since my last child, things were looking bleak. I was told after a variety of tests by my GP, that my egg quality and quantity were poor and it was very unlikely to happen. I was left feeling very disheartened and told the only thing on offer to me was medical intervention which was unlikely to be successful. I sought Catherine’s expertise. Catherine is a true professional and whilst she didn't promise anything, I underwent a course of care with her. Only 3 months later I was pregnant, and had treatment though out pregnancy and am now blessed with a beautiful daughter (who has 2 amazing big brothers who are completely in love with her). I am so grateful to Catherine for her support, positive advice and treatment. I have no hesitation in recommending Catherine. If you want to have a baby and feel all hope is lost, or just want the support of someone caring, compassionate and very skilled at their craft- then it’s a must. Thank you Catherine, my family is complete and I am hugely grateful for the part you played." 18th November 2013
J. Davison. Maldon, Essex.
Testimonial (9) Success after failed IVF and ICSI for a new couple :
"My husband and I had been trying for a baby for about two years and as nothing had happened, a friend recommended that we should think about checking our fertility. The results were devastating as it showed that I had poor quality eggs and my husband had low sperm court and motility.
We tried lots of fertility improving drugs/vitamins and diets only to be left disappointed. It was then we made a decision to go down the IVF route. We had one cycle of ICSI which unfortunately wasn't successful and on our follow up appointment we were told that I would never be able to have my own children and an egg donor is recommended if we were to try the IVF route again. I was devastated, this first cycle had left me feeling very down, I had gained a stone in weight and the drugs had left me with severe acne. My confidence had sunk to rock bottom and the thought of going through that again was terrifying.
I confided to a friend who was in a similar situation and she suggested acupuncture and gave me Catherine’s details. After the first appointment I felt instantly happier, Catherine filled me with confidence that she could help us and she said for us to give her three to six months with us both being treated once week, she also said she would be able to do something regarding my acne.
After two months of seeing Catherine my period was two days late which was quite unusual but I did not want to get my hopes up as it had only been eight weeks of seeing Catherine. We waited a couple more days and then decided to do a pregnancy test which to our total amazement was positive. We could not believe it and the smiles have not left our faces. I am now 20 weeks pregnant and have acne free skin and it’s all thanks to Catherine.
We cannot recommend her highly enough." 15th February 2013
Mr and Mrs Taylor, Grays, Essex
Testimonial (8) Cross-Channel Fertility Success:
"I suffered from 3 miscarriages. After taking all the medical exams my husband and I, the occidental medicine was not able to find the cause of my miscarriages and was therefore unable to offer me a solution to my problem. I was desperate, reaching almost 39 years old, the clock was also ticking.
I had read about acupuncture treatments and the benefits of it in the fertility field. A friend of mine gave me the contact details of Catherine. It was a hard decision to take since I live in Paris. After my last miscarriage in July 2012, I decided to take an appointment with Catherine. It was a long trip for me, but I felt that it was maybe my only chance to have one day a baby. When we first met, she really listened to me and she gave me lots of support, I was extremely affected by the last miscarriage. I decided to follow her treatment and to arrange one appointment per month. She gave me herbal treatments to help me and we met once a month for the acupuncture treatment. I travelled every month to Billericay to meet her. Catherine is extremely professional and positive. She gave me lots of hope and reassured me a lot. In March 2012 after 9 months treatment with Catherine, my husband and I went on holidays and when we came back I discovered that I was expecting a baby. I continued to follow the treatment with Catherine. I am so pleased to tell you that I am at this present time 35 weeks pregnant, the baby has already turned around, my little boy is doing very well & he is moving a lot. During the all pregnancy my scans were excellent; I had not bleeding at all, no threat of miscarriage at all. I actually felt really calm and Catherine once again gave me lots of support. My doctor was really amazed of the benefits of acupuncture. I am totally sure that Catherine really contributed to this successful pregnancy, she made it happen! My little boy would never be here without her professional help. In 5-6 weeks this little boy will be with us. When he gets bigger, I will of course travel to Billericay to introduce my little boy to Catherine!"
A Barboza, Paris. 23. Oct. 2012.
"Dear Catherine, I would like to thank you with all my heart for this amazing gift you gave me for Christmas. Our Little boy is gorgeous. This amazing present happened thanks to your support. We will come over to visit you when he is a little bigger.
Very Warm Regards."
A,R,W. A Barboza, Paris December 2012
Testimonial (7) Miscarriage:
“After having suffered four miscarriages over a three year period I contacted Catherine for information on how acupuncture could possibly assist in revitalising my depleted body. At our initial consultation Catherine offered comprehensive advice and assurance that acupuncture would not only help with my recovery but could also positively assist with any future pregnancies. I was sceptical about the pregnancy angle as we had already consulted various doctors, fertility clinics and had endless tests all of which found no physical explanation for why the miscarriages had occurred.
Soon after our first consultation, I had complications related to the fourth miscarriage and I was offered an operation at a local hospital. Under Catherine's supervision however I delayed the operation and she provided treatment which quickly aided my body in completing the required process thereby avoiding another operation.
After six months of treatment, using both acupuncture and herbal remedies, my health was restored and I became pregnant. Almost immediately the familiar problems, such as early bleeding, reoccurred and Catherine interpreted these symptoms and tailor-made a treatment for each of them. All of her remedies and actions throughout were carefully explained. She monitored my progress, often daily, and managed each new stage ensuring that I had all the advice and relevant herbal medicines required. After an intense first 12 weeks we were so delighted to see our baby developing as at this stage we had reached a crucial milestone.
During the remainder of the pregnancy Catherine continued to fully support both myself and the baby, her professionalism and positivity during this time were invaluable. At a 28 week check the midwife found that the baby had yet to turn and therefore wasn't lying in the correct position for birth, again Catherine successfully provided treatment ensuring that the baby turned and I'm delighted to say that on the 19th October our son was born, happy and healthy.” N Brown, Billericay
Testimonial (6) Induction of labour:
"After being diagnosed with severe endometriosis causing infertility, I decided to try a course of acupuncture. I attended weekly sessions with Catherine before, during and after my first, successful, cycle of IVF. I enjoyed a wonderful pregnancy but when my baby was more than a week overdue, I decided to have a session of acupuncture to induce labour. My acupuncture session was in the afternoon and the following morning I went into labour. My beautiful baby boy was born less than 24 hours later. Catherine has been a wonderful support to me and I would have no hesitation in recommending her." Mrs D. Rayner, Essex.
Testimonial (5) A couples' fertility plea:
"I started acupuncture as I was struggling to fall pregnant. I thought that this was due to my irregular menstrual cycle. With both acupuncture and Chinese herb medicine my menstrual cycle went from being anything from 35 to 56 days to be being exactly 28 days. However, we later discovered that my husbands sperm had poor morphology and motility. Our GP told us we would struggle to conceive even with IVF and I was given an appointment with a fertility doctor for two months time. Catherine offered to help my husband and he began having acupuncture and Chinese herb medicine as well, with hope that this would help enhance our chances of conceiving with fertility treatment. However, I became pregnant naturally within 6 weeks of my husband starting treatment with Catherine and didn't need to attend my fertility appointment. I continued to visit Catherine throughout my pregnancy. I suffered from bleeding at 7 weeks and she was able to stop this. Additionally, her treatment helped reduce morning sickness and other pregnancy discomforts. I recently gave birth to beautiful baby girl and my husband and I are so grateful to Catherine for all of her help." Mrs S, September 2012, Essex.
Testimonial (4) Fertility issue:
"Following treatment for severe endometriosis, causing infertility, I attended weekly acupuncture sessions with Catherine in the months leading up to, during, and after my first IVF cycle. I also had acupuncture immediately before and after embryo transfer, and was lucky enough to conceive. I continued acupuncture for the first three months of my pregnancy and am now 28 weeks pregnant. During the IVF cycle I felt calm, in control and suffered no side-effects - I believe this was due to my weekly acupuncture sessions.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Catherine. She takes great pride in her work and was a wonderfully calming influence at what should have been a very stressful time for me. I can't thank her enough." Mrs D. Rayner, Essex.
Testimonial (3) Sickness during pregnancy:
"I was 12 weeks pregnant and had been suffering from severe morning sickness for 6 weeks. My GP wanted me to take medication to stop the vomiting. I wanted to avoid taking medicine and a friend suggested that I try acupuncture. After 3 treatments on consecutive days, I went from being sick anywhere from 6 to 10 times a day down to 2 to 3 times. I continued having treatment twice a week for about a month until the sickness stopped.
When I became pregnant with my second child, the sickness started at 4 weeks, and rapidly increased in frequency. Within 4 days I was vomiting in excess of 10 times a day. I immediately contacted Catherine, and after 2 sessions in 2 days the vomiting had been reduced to 2 to 3 times a day. As a result of the acupuncture, on both occasions, I was able to avoid taking medication.
On returning to see Catherine for my second pregnancy, it felt like going back to see an old friend. Her calm manner, experience and qualifications made me feel secure in her ability to treat me.” Mrs. B, Billericay
Testimonial (2) - Successfully conceived with the help acupuncture:
"Following a diagnosis that I suffered from polycystic ovaries, I decided to combine acupuncture whilst taking the drug clomid to help me conceive. I was very fortunate to fall pregnant two months later after acupuncture treatments given by Catherine, and was glad that I had given everything my best shot. I had read so much about acupuncture helping with fertility problems and conception. Catherine was a great help as I was very upset following my diagnosis and she was very understanding and always had time to listen... I felt I needed to do all I could to enhance my chances of conceiving. Thankfully for me, I didn't need to have too many sessions and I am glad to this day that I gave it my best shot at achieving my dream of having a second child. Anon,Billericay
Testimonial (1) Successful fertility treatment of a challenging case:
"After one year of trying for a baby we were devastated when we discovered that not only my husband had very low sperm motility and extremely low morphology, but also I had very high FSH, 27. Consequently we visited three fertility clinics and did many tests only to be told that even if we went for IVF our chances of having our own child would be of 5% and they recommended us to go via the egg donation route. After doing some research, acupuncture seemed like the most viable way to lower my FSH, which I needed if we were to have free IVF on the NHS. We both started having weekly sessions and herbal medicines at Catherine's clinic. By November my husband’s sperm count, morphology and motility had all improved significantly and my FSH had come down to 15. Just when we least expected we were far more pleasantly surprised to find out that I had conceived naturally by the end of January, two to three months after seeing Catherine; she also helped me through my pregnancy especially in correcting the baby's position from breech to cephalic presentation. We are just days away from our first son's birth and we know that this would have never been possible without the guidance, care and professionalism of Catherine to whom we are immensely grateful." Mrs E. Chelmsford, September 2010