Fertility and Pregnancy Acupuncture in Bristol
Are you in your 30s or 40s and trying to conceive or maintain a pregnancy, and it’s just not happening?
Have you been told you have unexplained infertility?
Are you confused about why you haven't conceived but don't know where to look?
Are you wondering whether male factor infertility is causing a problem but don't know what to do next?
Are you looking for fertility support with acupuncture throughout IUI/IVF/ICSI?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then my "Preparing For Pregnancy" package will be perfect for you.
Acupuncture clinics based in Horfield, Bristol BS7, and Bishopston, Bristol BS7 serving the areas of Horfield, Bishopston, Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym, Clifton, Stoke Bishop, Cotham, Southmead and St George in Bristol.
In my 3 month “Fertility Boost" package, I help women and couples in their 30s and 40s who are trying to conceive and are feeling stuck, lost and like they’re failing each month, to get clarity and optimise their fertility so they can fall pregnant and enjoy the journey feeling understood, supported and empowered.
Working together over three months, I provide and deliver an acupuncture treatment plan and advice based on their Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis that quickly boosts their fertility. In addition, I show them how to make simple, positive lifestyle changes to maximise their chances of conception, provide them with dietary and supplement recommendations, carry out tests and make referrals to effectively resolve underlying issues, give them the skills to get the most from other medical professionals, provide them with the tools to take control of their menstrual health for good, and act as an emotional support and guide for them through the process so they never feel confused or alone.
I am a Fertility Support Trained Acupuncturist with advanced, ongoing levels of training in fertility, hormone health, pregnancy and the immune system. My approach is based on the most recent research and medical techniques – and is further supported by my community of fertility experts. We regularly discuss case studies and bring our combined knowledge together for the benefit of all of our clients.
I have worked with 100s of fertility clients and know when a treatment plan is going to work. This does take commitment from the woman or couple. Yet the combination of simple lifestyle changes and a course of acupuncture leads to transformative results within 3 months of working together for my clients. Including, reducing or completely resolving menstrual pain and PMT, doubling follicle numbers and number of eggs collected during IVF, clearing hormonal headaches and migraines, and more balanced energy levels. Although it does vary, my clients typically conceive after three months of treatment, with some falling pregnant on their first cycle. Where there is no pregnancy after six months and all relevant tests have been done, I may recommend considering IVF and am able to guide clients through that process.
While I provide you with recommendations based on my knowledge, experience and expertise, you make the final decision on your treatment. I will always support you in your choices.
Acupuncture for Fertility and Hormone Health
If you live in or around Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Bath, or just over the bridge in South Wales, I would be happy to see you in clinic. If you live elsewhere, I can offer online support.
How can I help you today?
The acupuncture itself is relaxing and a time when I would really switch off and rest, which was something I really needed.
Just a big thank you for all your help and guidance as I truly believe this wouldn’t have happened for us so quickly without your help.
You made me feel so much calmer and reassured us that I likely had more time than I was originally told. I started to feel in control of the whole process, whereas I was previously feeling a bit helpless.
You go through so many different aspects of health and lifestyle that I wouldn’t even think could affect fertility, and help to fix small problems that together make a big difference. You were also there to listen at times when I felt overwhelmed and upset and so I didn’t feel stupid for bursting into tears every now and then! If i had any questions or worries I knew that I had my session with you coming up and would get answers and hopefully reassurance which was really comforting. (continued ->)
We knew we wanted to start trying to get pregnant in the next few months, but after being told I had low AMH and would likely go into menopause early, I was completely stressed about our chances of falling pregnant and felt the pressure of time being against us.
We got in contact with you because we wanted to make sure we were in the best possible health to fall pregnant as quickly as possible once we had started trying. (continued->)
I’d had several failed rounds of fertility treatment and several pregnancy losses. I felt deflated, frustrated, confused and very unsure about where to turn. After a really successful round of IVF in April 2023 having started acupuncture with Valerie in August 2022, obtaining four top quality embryos. The third embryo transfer worked and I am now 17 weeks pregnant.
I genuinely believe I would not have made it here without Valerie’s expert support and advice. The fertility journey was long and very hard, but I feel positive about it, as it led me to my rainbow baby.
Just a huge thank you!
We started trying for a baby in 2020 and couldn’t believe that I got pregnant straight away, however, I sadly miscarried a few weeks later. Following that, we’d been trying for around 8 months before I came to see Valerie. I was feeling quite obsessive and lonely with the whole process.
It’s been a long journey since then but I’m now 17 weeks pregnant following our second IVF transfer and we are so excited. I feel relieved, thankful and am enjoying each milestone of pregnancy.
Valerie has supported us with advice and regular acupuncture sessions. These sessions quite quickly lengthened my luteal phase and I found them very relaxing. I also noticed improvements in my energy. I think the most valuable thing over the past 2+ years has been having an ally to navigate the fertility system with, which can feel so overwhelming.
She has advised us on what to push for or do ourselves, from tests with our GP, referrals for additional tests that are not covered by the NHS, IVF and supporting my husband with his varicocele removal. Our funds are limited, and she really helped us to prioritise and persevere through the NHS system.
She’s helped me to feel in control and like we were doing all we can at each stage, despite it being a long process.
Thank you Valerie!
I first approached Valerie after becoming concerned about my short cycle lengths and how it could be impacting our attempts to conceive.
Following an in-depth consultation, Valerie provided insightful advice on my diet, supplements, lifestyle plus some handy tips and tricks. No question was too silly.
After working hard to make some big changes alongside weekly acupuncture sessions, my cycles adjusted and I’m pleased so say I’m now 16 weeks pregnant. Like many women, getting to this point has not been straight forward for me and the amount of information out there is overwhelming.
I decided to build a team of support and I have found working with experts like Valerie to be invaluable. I’m very grateful to her and would recommend her services to anyone who needs help navigating their way through the fog.
Back in December, before working with Valerie I was feeling a bit lost and quite low in energy. I definitely recognized that I didn’t physically feel in a great place. Now, I feel more confident and could not be happier with the outcome we have had post treatment. Acupuncture has really been a game changer for us as we have achieved a pregnancy and are now in our second trimester. The most helpful part has been knowing that we are working with an expert in the world of fertility which can be a bit of a rabbit hole. It has been really helpful to have a plan and be guided through the process. We cannot thank you enough for getting us to this stage and we are so grateful for all your help.
When I started seeing Valerie 5 months ago, I was at the start of my second IVF cycle and felt out of options. I felt unsure of my next steps and how to navigate the fertility process. We spent 3 months preparing for pregnancy and I am now 3 months pregnant and feel positive about the next few months. I now realise the importance of putting me first and making time for me. I have found that having regular acupuncture forces me to stop and gives me time to focus on what is most important.
“My husband and I first started seeing Valerie in November 2020. We had been trying to conceive through IVF (ICSI) since 2016 and had suffered four miscarriages, as well as two unsuccessful embryo transfers. By October 2020, we had no more frozen embryos and no explanations of the causes of the miscarriages, so we decided to do some research ourselves and contacted Valerie. As well as the acupuncture, Valerie gave us a wealth of other information and advice. After our first appointment, she gave us a comprehensive report with all the tests she recommended we have and where and how to do them, specific dietary and supplement suggestions and other lifestyle changes to make. She referred us to a fertility nutritionist who was also incredibly helpful, and she gave us a huge amount of emotional support in addition.
It was fantastic to have another avenue to go down and so many changes we could make to try and improve things for us. We saw different consultants recommended by Valerie, which proved very insightful and successful, and we have made huge changes to our diet and lifestyle as well as seeing Valerie for acupuncture every week. She opened our eyes to looking into angles that other fertility specialists had not mentioned to us before (for example, exploring DNA fragmentation) and led to my husband having treatments to improve sperm health that we would not have previously considered.
I am pleased to say we are now 13 weeks pregnant, and I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone trying to conceive.”
“I came to Valerie for help with heavy and painful periods. I found the initial consultation really helpful, with lots of advice sent to me in a report that I could look back over to remember what I needed to do. After just a few sessions, my next period was noticeably lighter, and I needed fewer painkillers. My next period was again much easier to manage with just a couple of paracetamols needed for mild pain. Everything seems to be going in the right direction, so I would definitely recommend Valerie if you needed help with your periods.”
“I suffered from morning sickness. None of the usual stuff worked, but it was definitely better after my sessions”
“You’ve been great and have helped me loads.
Will be recommending you to my friends. Thank you again.”
“I have really enjoyed first session and was very impressed.
Even just talking to you made me very comfortable and I look forward to another session.”
“I feel good, thanks. I’ve slept a lot since – I was awake in the night but not for long and slept in quite late today.
I feel refreshed, and my head feels clearer than it has for a few weeks.”
”Thank you so much for my treatment and for squeezing me in today!
I feel a lot more relaxed, and my nose isn’t as runny, which is great!”
“Despite the pandemic, I have never once had the slightest concern of being at any risk. Valerie takes safety very seriously.
Her professional appearance and the way she conducts herself means I would definitely recommend her.”
“Highly recommend Valerie, currently having acupuncture with her for hormone imbalance and already – within a short space of time – am seeing a big shift in my health.
My only wish is that I had done this sooner and not suffered so long.
Thanks, Valerie; see you next week!”
“I have been very happy with the treatment you provide, and you have a calm and relaxing way. I really appreciated your advice about the supplements to take, and I feel the acupuncture sessions helped me feel prepared for the embryo transfer. It was so helpful on the day of the transfer to have the sessions before and after, especially after the stressful time at the clinic, it helped so much to come back and have an hour to get totally relaxed again.”
“I contacted Valerie when I was a few months into my journey to conceiving, having had a miscarriage six months previously. I really appreciate the thorough consultation Valerie did with me and my partner and her friendly, practical/ realistic and non-judgemental approach. I then started having weekly acupuncture sessions with Valerie and found out I was pregnant within the first month of these sessions. It was incredibly reassuring having Valerie as support through this time. From the simple aspect of having someone to check in with each week in relation to what I was feeling and experiencing and to give advice on diet and symptoms such as nausea; to the more therapeutic aspect of receiving acupuncture treatment helping to maintain/balance my energy, alleviate fatigue/ nausea and general aches and pains. During this time, I also had Covid and a cold and felt immediate improvements to reduced breath capacity/ blocked sinuses after acupuncture treatment with Valerie.”
“After several years of worsening menstrual migraines, I came to Valerie to try to find an alternative to my migraine medication which often made me drowsy and lethargic and was ineffective if I left it too late. I was starting to miss days of work every month and my migraine attacks were increasingly severe. After several weeks of acupuncture treatment, I have experienced my first migraine-free months in years without the need for medication. This has been transformational for me and my quality of life.
Valerie has been superb throughout. As someone new to acupuncture and TCM she made me feel immediately comfortable, and her careful, thorough approach means she is able to use treatment to help me in a holistic way, for example, supporting my recovery from Covid post-viral exhaustion as well as treating my migraines.
Her advice is always comprehensive and detailed, including clearly explained recommended supplements and an opportunity to reflect on lifestyle issues that may be impacting wellbeing and any areas to prioritise, but always in a non-judgemental way.
I would highly recommend Valerie. Her expertise combined with her compassionate, holistic approach makes her a gifted practitioner, and the results of her treatment have been fantastic.”
“I first went to Valerie after my frozen embryo transfer was cancelled due to my uterine lining not being thick enough. The fertility clinic didn’t give any further advice on how to improve the situation for the next cycle, so I was looking for some outside help.
Valerie was really helpful and asked a lot of questions at our first appointment to really understand my situation and general health. She recommended a couple of supplements and gave some advice about diet as well as the weekly acupuncture. The acupuncture helped me to relax. Especially with a new job which was stressful, it was important to take some time out.
Alison W, South Glos
“I’m now 21 weeks pregnant and so happy to get success with our first embryo transfer, as it had already been a long journey to get to that point. I would recommend acupuncture with Valerie to anyone going through fertility struggles to get the mind and body as ready as you can whether trying naturally or with fertility treatments.
After a couple of months, I was ready for the transfer, and the nurse said my uterine lining looked top quality. Valerie went out of her way to provide acupuncture before and after the transfer, which was midday on a Sunday. It gave me a lot of reassurance and was really helpful to help me relax after the stress of the transfer, as well as having someone knowledgeable to talk to.”
Alison W, South Glos
Valerie Salt, Acupuncturist & Naturopath
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
I am a fully trained and experienced acupuncturist and naturopath based in Bristol, who specialises in fertility and easing the side effects of painful periods, pregnancy and perimenopause.