“I went to Maria for acupuncture as a complementary therapy for IVF as I'd heard that acupuncture works well with the IVF process. I found Maria simply through the Internet as she was registered as being a Zita West affiliated acupuncturist and I was a bit unsure as I hadn't had a personal recommendation. However, from the first treatment I found Maria to be extremely professional, polite and kind. Her rooms are spotlessly clean and relaxing. I found the treatments a bit strange at first but then got more used to them and found them very relaxing - often falling asleep, like I know others have done previously.
I also got a treatment on the day of my embryo transfer, pre- and post-transfer itself. As it happened, it fell on a Sunday and Maria very graciously obliged me without a fuss, treating me out of hours and having to hang around and wait while I attended my fertility clinic. I was very grateful for that given that I had only been a patient for a short while.
Throughout my IVF process my results were better than expected and, whether that was luck or the acupuncture treatments or a combination of both, I'll never know, but I am now pregnant! I'm glad I went to Maria and would continue to use her if I had problems in any other area again.” Marjorie
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be very effective in treating natrual fertility, infertility (male and female), and in supporting women during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.
This is an area of special interest at AcuWell. Maria Maher has undergone further professional training in this area, notably with Zita West of Zita West Clinic, UK, with Jani White of Nature Child, UK and with Debra Betts, international lecturer and author based in New Zealand. Maria is a founder-member of the Zita West affiliated acupuncturist network for reproductive health, which was established in Ireland in 2009, and is a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network, UK.
The diagnostic processes and treatment protocols used at the Zita West Clinic in London are followed at AcuWell. These cover a wide range of treatments to help:
Boost fertility and conception
Improve chances of IVF success
Support post-natal recovery
AcuWell also has access to the Zita West Clinic and other members of the Network for consultation and advice purposes
Fertility acupuncture at AcuWell can help relieve common conditions which affect the ability to conceive. These include:
Low Ovarian Reserve
Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Acupuncture can also benefit pregnancy, labour and post-natal women. At AcuWell, the following are some of the conditions often treated:
"I went to Maria while I was having IVF. I felt very safe in her hands because of her knowledge and understanding of fertility and pregnancy. After I conceived I continued to go to her during the three trimesters of my pregnancy and really looked forward to the treatments. Acupuncture helped relieve some common pregnancy problems I experienced – including varicose veins, pelvic pain and back pain. As a result I had a very enjoyable pregnancy with no complications and I now have healthy twins! I would be delighted to recommend Maria to anyone going through pregnancy or who is trying to conceive" Mary
"We had been trying for a baby for about 2 years and nothing was happening. A friend recommended Maria to me so I went to her for acupuncture treatments. I felt I was in good hands, given her experience and success with fertility acupuncture. Unfortunately my husband lost his job around that time so I was unable to go for treatments on a regular basis but she gave me dietary advice for us both to follow. I decided to go for acupuncture treatments again when, about a year later, we were attending a fertility clinic. We had decided to try one IUI and, if that didn't work, one cycle of IVF. During the three months before IUI, I had acupuncture treatments with Maria and, to my delight, I became pregnant! We never had to attend the fertility clinic in the end. I had treatments during my pregnancy and am now 9 months pregnant and am looking forward to being a "Mum" any day now! I am very grateful to Maria for her help in making this happen.” Bernice
"I had Fertility Acupuncture with Maria because I was trying for a baby and I have endometriosis. I had been pregnant before but miscarried. I had booked to attend a fertility clinic. I found Maria very reassuring and she gave me lots of valuable information. While attending her, and before starting any medication from the fertility clinic, I discovered I was pregnant! I am now 7 months into my pregnancy!" Aisling
"I went to Maria for Fertility Acupuncture while I was preparing for IUI because a good friend of mine who had been going to Maria during an IVF cycle spoke very highly of her. I had already had two miscarriages before I first saw Maria. I felt I was in very safe hands because Maria has done a lot of training and has a lot of experience in the area. I found her very helpful and reassuring. To my delight I became pregnant! I continued to attend Maria every two weeks until I was 12 weeks pregnant and I now look forward to attending her as my pregnancy progresses. I would recommend her to anyone." Emer
"Myself and my husband attended Maria for Fertility Acupuncture because we had no option but to go down the IVF route, unfortunately, and knew that acupuncture would increase our chances of success. It was our first time so we wanted to do everything right. We both enjoyed the treatments with Maria and I found it really helped me to relax. She knows so much about the process and how it can be very stressful for both partners. It worked! We are now expecting our first baby!" Patricia
"I attended Maria while I was pregnant. Initially, I had very bad nausea and found it difficult to eat anything. Acupuncture really helped. Not only did it relieve my nausea, but I got my appetite back. I continued to be treated by Maria on a monthly basis to ensure I had a healthy pregnancy. I would highly recommend attending Maria if you are pregnant." Mary
"Having previously had a treatment with a different acupuncturist, I was sceptical because I hadn't felt anything during that treatment. However I found that I actually felt something during the treatment with Maria and more importantly, we got the end result we desired." Ian