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Hi,

I've been trying to conceive for over a year now. All my blood tests (done through NHS) and my husbands sperm test have been normal. My periods are very regular and I've been taking my BBT for a couple of months now and also taking the ovulation predictor tests - both tell me that I ovulate every month around day 14.

I did test positive a couple of months back, but got my periods a few days later. I was told by the NHS doctor that it was probably a case of very early miscarriage, and that I should just continue to keep trying.

I'm 39 so fully aware that age is not on my side. My husband has finally agreed to come with me to a private fertility clinic to get ourselves checked by a specialist (so far we've just been going to NHS). I'm totally confused with all the clinics out there, and have no idea which ones are good. I live in Birmingham - so any recommendations would help?

I've just booked myself for a fertility consultation with HealthHarmonie in Birmingham (anyone been there?) and an initial consultation (30 mts) is £185. I find that quite high for a 30 minute consultation. I've been researching other websites, and most private clinics charge around the same for the 1st consultation but give you anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. I've been asked to take along all my NHS test results so they can take a look and discuss a course of action. I was wondering if I should go ahead with this consultation or find another clinic that I feel more comfortable with?

I've also been reading a lot about Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture to improve fertility for older women, and being able to conceive and have a successful pregnancy without drugs or IVF. Does anybody have any experience in that? Or any clinics you can recommend?

Would love to hear from you, and connect with some people who are in a similar situation...

Swati xx
 

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Hey newbie!
I'm a new one here too and looking for support. I haven't got the experience of this behind me but I recently ordered 'Zita Wests guide to Fertility and assisted conception' and there is some great tips what you can do yourself to increase your chances.
I've been thinking of the acupuncture myself, as , how Zita said something like : although there is not enough evidence to say it increases fertility, it has been proven to decrease stress levels, and stress being often mentioned in cases of infertility... it might indirectly help you conceive.
Good luck with trying ^hugme^
 
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