Emotion. Finding Your Feet.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emotional wellbeing is an important part of health. Acupuncture is a treatment based on the interrelation of the mind, emotions and the body. Strong emotions such as feelings of worry, frustration, anger, and sadness can be pathological from this perspective and may have a negative influence on health and wellbeing.

Emotion is usually believed to be the cause of many imbalances in Chinese medicine. This is why we use acupuncture treatment to help you. Subfertility, whether trying to conceive naturally or with medical support may be a very difficult time for many people. Lianne has been working closely with subfertile couples since 2005 and is able to provide supportive management. She conducts research to improve the options for people suffering from subfertility. See excerpt of Lianne's work below:


Infertility for 10 years

18/08/19
At 40 years of age, after years trying for a baby my husband and I decided to have IVF due to tubal scarring and blockage. The first IVF treatment ten years ago was unsuccessful.

After a long time of infertility, and much heartache we decided to have IVF for the second time. I had read an article in a Stamford magazine about a local acupuncturist who specialised in infertility.

My husband and I decided to contact Lianne. After our first appointment with her, we felt very confident that she had not only the expertise but also the right attitude to help us on this journey.

The following week I began my acupuncture treatment in preparation for the second round of IVF. I then continued having it throughout my pregnancy.
Lianne tailored the treatment to my individual needs. Every appointment would involve a discussion as to how I felt, not only physically, but emotionally. She would help me deal with my feelings and then I would receive the actual treatment.

I never felt rushed in the appointments, I felt that I could talk openly to her. Lianne knew what my fears were and her listening and reassurance helped my husband and me to get through it all.

Lianne’s support was at all times, but especially during the egg stimulation and implantation, this was I believe a contributing factor to having five excellent quality blastocysts after the second round of IVF.

We decided to have two blastocysts transferred, in order to increase our chances of success due to our ages.

We now have two lovely children, they are twins. We have our hands full and our hearts overflowing with happiness and love.

Secondary Subfertility, Natural Conception after IUI and No Need for IVF

18/08/19
Our eldest son was conceived naturally after about 5 months and when he turned two and a half my husband and I decided we would like to expand the family.

A year later with no success, we decided it was time to seek the advice of our doctor as we were both in our mid-thirties and conscious that time was ticking. We both had various tests done and were admitted to the fertility unit of our local hospital.

It took about a year to get into the system, but once in things moved quickly I started a six-month course of Clomid. Unfortunately, during this time we didn't conceive, and so our next course of action as advised by the doctor was to look into IVF which we duly did.

Although very grateful for the option to try IVF, I dearly wanted to conceive naturally so started researching fertility acupuncturists.
After contacting a few, Lianne came highly recommended to me, and armed with my list of questions for Lianne I felt reassured, well informed and happy to commit to weekly acupuncture sessions.

The acupuncture itself was absolutely fine, I think sometimes the anticipation of a needle can seem worse than the real thing and I was surprised how relaxing I found it.

Lianne treated me for natural conception and preparing my body and mind for IVF should I need it. As the weeks passed by Lianne kept me well informed about my progress, she was very informative and explained things clearly and was happy to answer all of my questions.
I really appreciated this as emotions and anxiety for my husband and myself were running high.

Although I didn't feel a vast difference in myself throughout the course of the treatments, other than very relaxed after each session and a bit more energised, Lianne reassured me that my body was responding well to the acupuncture and my pulses were getting stronger. She also suggested that if I was going to conceive naturally it would happen within three months of starting the acupuncture.

Well, approximately three months into the acupuncture course I am truly delighted to say that I became pregnant and I gave birth to a baby boy.

We can hardly believe it after our three and half year journey and are forever grateful to Lianne for her help, expertise and unwavering positivity.
If anyone reading this finds themselves in a similar situation, then I cannot recommend Lianne highly enough.

"Amy Lewis is convinced acupuncture helped her conceive her beautiful baby boy, Toby." British Acupuncture Council Case Study http://acune.ws/GicS30nqa3o

18/08/19
After two years of trying to conceive naturally and failing, we plucked up the courage to admit to ourselves that something was not right and that we had to seek medical advice. It still took another year for us to actually go to the doctors and explain our concerns. When we were struggling to conceive, we felt like people had pity on us. I’ll never forget as we both sat in the waiting room bickering about who was going to speak first once the doctor had called us in. I mean, what do you say?

As it was, the doctor was fantastic and very supportive, immediately referring us to the head of infertility, Mr Randall, at Peterborough Hospital. Meanwhile, my bloods were within range and as I had previously had a positive laparoscopy, they knew that they had some other conditions associated with subfertility ticked off the list already.

Despite this, I was convinced the problems of subfertility were due to me, not my partner of ten years. Within two months of seeing the doctor, my partner was called for a sperm sample at the hospital. When the results came back they said they had noticed some irregularities, and that they wanted another sperm sample from him in three months to compare.

The second sample showed the same results and our problems were diagnosed as subfertile due to a low sperm count. The size, shape and function of his sperm were all confirmed as normal, it was just the count that was low at just 0.3 million. As the cause was determined, we were referred for assisted reproduction and offered, under Lincolnshire NHS guidance rules, one attempt of medical treatment.

The chances that IVF would work for us were low. As we were approaching the start date of our medical treatment, I had researched everything I possibly could, because if we were only going to get one shot at this, I was determined that I had to give it my absolute best shot. This could change our lives one way or another.

I came across how acupuncture could help, and although financially it was going to be a struggle to afford it, we came to the conclusion that we could not afford not too!

I met with Lianne Aquilina a member of the British Acupuncture Council for my first consultation and was impressed with her knowledge on the process and commitment to helping us. I’ll never forget how relaxed I was after my first acupuncture session, something so key to me as one of my concerns throughout was how would I deal with the stress of IVF?

I arrived at the clinic for my acupuncture treatment with the most horrendous period pains, like nothing I had ever experienced before or since. It was my period after down regulation and it was truly awful. However, following acupuncture treatment, I left the clinic like a new woman! I had acupuncture treatments when I was down regulating, and when I was stimulating to grow my eggs, pre and post our transfer and a few days later.

At CARE Fertility in Nottingham, I had four eggs collected, three of which were mature and all three eggs fertilised with my partner’s sperm. Two embryos made it to three days old. As it was hard to choose which embryo to select at day three, the embryologist decided to go to blastocyst stage. On day five we got the awaited phone call to come into theatre and have our one strong blastocyst transferred, which was to change our world…

I often look back and wonder how on earth I would have got through our IVF treatment without acupuncture and would our outcome have been the same? Suffering from subfertility all those years had made me feel lonely, broken, hurt. A failure. Acupuncture calmed, relaxed and re-energised me.

To our delight, the outcome was that all of our treatments resulted in a positive pregnancy.

We were over the moon, as were the rest of our families who had seen just how much our subfertility had affected us.

At 37 weeks pregnant, I delivered a perfect, beautiful baby boy via planned C-section due to breech presentation and pre-eclampsia. He weighed 6lbs 4oz. We named him Toby Jack, the names I had planned for years, but was convinced we would never be able to use. We were besotted with him.

Toby is absolutely perfect, a dream come true for us. We are finally a family. Life with him around makes us so happy, and we all feel complete. The lingering pain that being subfertile caused us has gone.

I highly recommend Lianne Aquilina to anyone I now meet who is having IVF because I truly believe it helped to make the difference for us between an unsuccessful and successful outcome. There were also many other benefits of acupuncture. My acupuncturist was patient, knowledgeable, professional, sensitive and caring. It was so useful for me to have someone to chat my problems over with, who knew the procedure and gave me useful advice to follow.

Jonathan - Two Failed IVF Attempts, and How Lianne Aquilina Helped Us Become Parents

"Acupuncture helps improvement in egg and sperm markers and couple become parents."
03/09/18
My wife and I found Lianne after two and a half years of failing to conceive and two failed NHS IVF attempts. We had one remaining NHS IVF attempt and wanted to make sure we gave it the best possible chance of success. From people, we had met and many online forums and articles we were aware that many people felt acupuncture was highly beneficial in assisting with infertility and in particular IVF so we booked a consultation. I wasn't sure what I expected from acupuncture but I was interested to find out more.

At this point in time, our infertility had placed a huge strain on our relationship. We were both feeling down and were struggling to be positive about the future. We also felt very alone. People don't really talk much about infertility and it can be quite an isolating experience. Help is available from the NHS and IVF clinics but we found it impersonal and matter of fact. I had lost hope that we would ever have a family.

Skip forward in time and as I write this my daughter is 6 months old and asleep next to me. Lianne is a part of her life and a friend to my wife and I. We are strong believers that acupuncture made the difference for us. Our cycle went much better after acupuncture treatment than they ever did before without it. My wife began to respond much better in egg numbers and quality. I also began to have the treatment and saw a marked increase in sperm quality markers.

We also benefited from the huge amount of knowledge and expertise Lianne had, not just about acupuncture but infertility and IVF in general. Many times she guided us in choices and decisions or pointed us to research. It finally felt like we had an expert who knew who we were and cared about helping us. Another benefit was the sessions acted as much needed emotional support. Infertility and IVF is a roller coaster and in the downtimes, I used to look forward to our next appointment. In the lowest moments, Lianne would pick us up and restore hope that everything was going to work out. I found that treatment made me feel much calmer and more positive.

There are a handful of people in our journey whom I will always consider as personally responsible for its very happy end. Lianne is one of those people and I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone who is facing fertility issues. We will be booking sessions with her again soon as we go for baby number 2!

Louise – Recurrent Miscarriage, and How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Acupuncture Helped Me stay pregnant and become a mum.

07/08/18
"Acupuncture helps a couple become parents after experiencing recurrent miscarriage."

At the time of meeting Lianne, I was in quite a dark place, I had never known grief so strong as when I lost my babies. I was feeling pretty frustrated with my body’s inability to stay pregnant and I was struggling to be around other women who were pregnant. Whilst my GP was sympathetic, I was becoming increasingly frustrated and could feel myself spiraling.

After my third miscarriage, I started to research alternative therapies, which could help improve my fertility. A number of women recommended acupuncture, which led me to Lianne Aquilina. From the first phone call, Lianne took the time to fully understand my history and was sensitive to my situation. Lianne then went onto treat me for 5 months and I found the treatment and advice she gave me invaluable.

Lianne ensured I received the right care and investigations through the NHS, by empowering me with knowledge. This ultimately led to a diagnosis I would have otherwise not have received as quickly.

Lianne also carefully explained the benefits of acupuncture and how the treatments worked to optimise fertility during my monthly cycle. Following my miscarriages, my cycle had lengthened. However, within a couple of months of acupuncture, I found that my cycle had regulated and ovulation times became more predictable.

It is clear Lianne cares about her patients and I felt I finally had someone I could talk openly with, without fear of judgment.

5 months on I am pregnant and have so far got the furthest with this pregnancy than ever before. I am truly grateful to Lianne for her support and believe her fertility review, and acupuncture treatment significantly improved my fertility, helped me to conceive and supported my early pregnancy.

Sophie – PCOS and Male Factor Subfertility, and How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility & IVF Helped Us Have our Baby.

07/08/18
I have the polycystic ovarian syndrome and my husband has poor sperm and a very low count. Being unable to have a baby is devastating but Lianne was so encouraging and really wanted my IVF treatment to work as much as I did. Lianne would take my pulse and look at my tongue to decide which acupuncture points to use each time for my acupuncture treatment.

I had acupuncture points in my head, wrists, legs, and feet, plus some in my abdomen to prepare my eggs and womb for implantation. Lianne treated my husband to help improve the vitality of his sperm. Lianne helped us through 2 rounds of IVF treatment with ICSI, both times I started acupuncture a couple of months before I started IVF treatment. It was lovely to go every week, have a treatment and talk to her about what was going on, to get advice from someone who is knowledgeable and approachable.

We have our gorgeous son, and daughter on the way thanks to Lianne and her acupuncture during both of our IVF treatments.

Joanne – How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility & IVF Helped Me have Our Baby.

07/08/18
Whilst struggling to fall pregnant for over three years, and after completing a course of ovulation treatment at Peterborough hospital which did not help I read that acupuncture could assist, I, therefore, searched the web and found Lianne Aquilina. After having an initial consultation and fertility review whereby Lianne not only advised what she could do to support me, Lianne also shared diet, lifestyle and IVF tips and gave me acupuncture to help improve my fertility and optimise my chances of pregnancy.

My acupuncture treatment included preparation for IVF, full flexible support during the IVF treatment and early pregnancy support.

Lianne has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience regarding fertility problems and IVF which helped me to understand what was happening, she is an excellent listener and adviser. I was able to confide in her and looked forward to my weekly appointments.

I can not recommend Lianne enough to anyone who is struggling with their fertility and needs IVF.

Jody – How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility & IVF Helped Me have our Baby.

07/08/18
We had been trying to conceive for more than 2 and a half years after I stopped taking the contraceptive pill. We had tried using ovulation sticks, researched all the usual methods, timings, diets etc. with not the slightest hint of getting pregnant. To add to the frustration, my GP did not share our concern at all despite me having a strong feeling something was not right because I was "only 31".

Deciding I would be willing to first try any natural aids for conception, I looked into acupuncture on the web and found Lianne Aquilina in Stamford. Upon contacting Lianne, she offered to sit down with me in her own time and go through what we had been doing, how long we had been trying etc. This was the first time I had spoken to anyone about how to best try for a baby in such detail apart from my husband and I already felt like a huge weight had been lifted.

Until this point I had been feeling totally helpless and hopeless, as though it is just so easy for everybody else in the world and that we were just destined to not have a family at all seeing as my own GP was unwilling to help.

After the fertility review, Lianne gave me a list of some preliminary tests I should ask my doctor to arrange in order to get the ball rolling to find out why we hadn't conceived so far. This gave me the confidence to go in there and tell him what I wanted so he didn't just send me away again telling me "it'll happen soon... You're still young".

I am so pleased we did.

I had the blood tests, which found I had an FSH level of 12, and the tube dye test discovered my tubes were clear but the tests found that I had a uterine septum.

This means due to the size of the septum in my uterus it would halt any fetus trying to grow and possibly cause recurring miscarriages. I was quickly referred for surgery.

It was at the consultant's before the operation to remove the septum that we were told that due to the slightly higher FSH level we would be put forward for IVF treatment on the NHS. We had our IVF treatment in Care Fertility Nottingham.

I had my operation to remove the septum, and then went for my 1st official consultation with Lianne Aquilina to start my acupuncture treatment in preparation for IVF. Lianne immediately made me feel at ease talking about the most personal things.

I saw her once a week at the Stamford clinic from and I started my hormone treatment. Each session was a chance for me to relax and talk about how I was feeling throughout the process, emotionally as well as physically. From the soothing music and atmosphere to help me when I have been feeling anxious with extra pressure points, and invaluable advice regarding the options I have in the IVF process, Lianne has helped me to understand what I am going through, even when I have not been sure myself!

Her professional, friendly and forever positive advice throughout our treatment has been remarkable and I am delighted to say that less than a year after our initial meeting, we are celebrating looking forward to the birth of our miracle baby.

I can honestly say that we would not be in this amazingly exciting situation, that only 6 months ago felt like the impossible, without Lianne's help.

Penny – How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility & IVF Helped Me have Our Baby.

07/08/18
My husband and I suffered miscarriages and tried for 2 and a half years to have our daughter before going down the medical testing route and finally having IUI in Nottingham which worked the first time. We were diagnosed with having unexplained infertility (we are both healthy and are nonsmokers).

We never really stopped trying for another child after our daughter was born. When we still hadn't conceived by the time she was 3 we decided to book privately for a further round of IUI, which didn't work.

Rather than being given advice, on alternative ways to support conception, IVF was suggested to us by our doctor.

I decided to try ways to help improve my chances of IVF working and found Acupuncturist Lianne Aquilina in Stamford.

After a fertility review, Lianne felt that I could conceive naturally. So she undertook a couple of acupuncture fertility boosting treatments and also advised us how to improve our chances of conceiving naturally.

I fell pregnant naturally that month and our baby is due in March. Lianne also provided acupuncture to support my early pregnancy.

It's very difficult in a short summary to say how much Lianne helped us, she helped us get pregnant but more than that she became a great friend who I could talk to about anything we are eternally grateful.

Maria - How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility Helped Me Have Our Baby.

07/08/18
Two years after having my first son I was anxious to get pregnant again. We had been trying for about six months before I went to see Lianne. I was aware that I was unlikely to become pregnant as I was breastfeeding and I hadn't got my periods back, and I was not ovulating. Someone suggested having acupuncture as a way of kick-starting my menstrual cycle again. I felt a change after my first acupuncture treatment with Lianne and began ovulating even though I continued to breastfeed. Lianne was then able to tell me when my fertile time would be and treat me to maximise conception happening. Within 3 months and after 6 acupuncture treatments I am very pleased to say that I'm pregnant. I can not thank Lianne enough!

Claire - How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility & IVF Helped Me have Our Babies.

07/08/18
There I was in my late thirties trying for a baby. Never before did I think we would have problems falling pregnant. A couple of years later, after being diagnosed with unexplained infertility, I was undergoing my first IVF treatment. Unfortunately, it failed.

We continued trying to conceive naturally, I didn't want to undergo another cycle of IVF and I was 43 years old by now. One day I read an article about Lianne and her work and we decided to give it a go. When we first met Lianne we felt at ease with her and I felt that I could trust her. Lianne referred us for a second view and we found that I had extensive scarring to my tubes, not unexplained infertility. Lianne used her fertility knowledge and the information I provided her with about me and my lifestyle and my failed IVF cycle to help us get from the sad place of childlessness to being pregnant with twins after our second attempt to IVF.

Lianne has always been very supportive and has gone the extra mile. Her support and advice have been priceless especially before and after egg collection and at transfer. We had our 6 blastocysts frozen due to complications based on the advice she gave to give us the best chance of IVF working and it did.

The 2 weeks wait was made much easier to bear when Lianne lent me a relaxation CD by Zita West especially designed for this stage of the treatment. Lianne has always been at the other end of the line when I have had concerns about how things are going.

Thank you so much Lianne.

Kelly - How Lianne Aquilina of Aquilia Fertility Helped Me have our Baby.

07/08/18
My Partner and I started trying for a baby and after a few months I had a positive pregnancy test. From then on my pregnancy was smooth sailing. Everything was completely textbook so I guess I was considered to be low risk. Our baby was due April 16th 2011; however, by this date there was still no arrival. We were back and forth to the midwife and then eventually when I was 10 days overdue I went in for an induction on Monday 25th April, 9pm. I remember that on the day we had been busy buying a few last minute bits, chatting with friends and generally feeling excited but nervous about our new arrival. Finally, we got to the hospital and my partner was told to leave and would be called when things started moving.

As soon as he left the midwife strapped a monitor to me in order to listen to the baby’s heartbeat however she could only pick up mine. After swapping machines and still not getting any joy she asked me the dreaded question “When did you last feel the baby move”? and something inside me started to panic because I couldn’t remember. We’d been so busy that day and the baby never moved around much when I was active so I just didn’t know.

We then went down for a scan and I was told the heartbreaking news that there was no heartbeat and our baby had died.

I cannot describe to you the panic, pain, and devastation that I felt in that moment especially given that I was alone. As I’m sure you can imagine the following few hours were horrendous as firstly I had to call my partner back without letting him know anything was wrong and then tell him the bad news and then we had to tell friends and family.

After this we had to tackle the birth which was fairly traumatic for various reasons, one being that our son had shoulder dystocia and got stuck; plus he turned out to be 9lb 6 which was quite unexpected so I had a bit of trouble giving birth to him but eventually he arrived and despite it all he was beautiful.

Needless to say, the next few months were dark ones however I am grateful every day that we managed to get through it together as a couple because looking back I can see how easy it would have been for us to shut down and drift apart.

Of course, we now wanted children more than ever; especially since we were told that our son hadn’t died because of anything we had done or any type of medical condition. We were told we could try again as soon as we were ready and so we did. By October I was pregnant again, but by the middle of November, I had started bleeding and subsequently suffered a miscarriage at approx. 6 weeks. We were again told that early miscarriages are very common and we should not worry. By December I was pregnant again however by the New Year I had suffered another miscarriage at 5 weeks.

It was around this time that I went to see a psychic and she advised me to have acupuncture so I found Lianne Aquilina online and started to see her regularly. She was amazing. She listened to everything that had happened so far and explained what could be done from her point of view with acupuncture but not only that, she gave me hope and real practical advice. We also decided to see our doctor and request a referral to the hospital and by March we had an appointment with a consultant in Peterborough who specialised in this area. He wasn’t very sympathetic and was very quick to tell us there was nothing wrong with me; however, he did run the standard tests which all came back ok. I remember asking him if perhaps my progesterone levels were low however he brushed this notion aside and told me no.

All around us we seemed to be surrounded by people having children successfully with no problems at all. We decided to go private and booked an appointment with Dr Gorgy in London. He was great; very helpful, very sympathetic but very expensive. By this stage it wasn’t about the money so we went ahead with his initial tests, which confirmed that my partner definitely didn’t have a problem his side; however, I had results in regards to my immune system meaning my body was rejecting the embryo when it implanted and destroying it within a few weeks.

2013 began uneventfully and we were grateful. We had made a few lifestyle changes. I had given up my job in central London and decided to work locally and my partner took his foot off the gas at work also in the hope that we could just spend more quality time together and stay strong as a couple in order to face whatever may lay ahead.

Towards the end of last year, I’d become obsessive in regards to getting pregnant. The bathroom was full of ovulation kits, pregnancy tests, and fertility monitors. It was costing a lot of money, a lot of time and all of my energy but I couldn’t just ‘forget it’ as people often tell you to. By March I still wasn’t pregnant so of course, I started to think I was now infertile. My obsession threatened to take over, but I changed my focus back to our local hospital.

I was able to talk to Lianne about my latest crusade and see if it was advisable or not. I began acupuncture treatment to promote my fertility and help me to conceive. We continued trying and every month I wasn’t pregnant was difficult but finally, it started to become a little less painful and then in July I saw that one word that dominated my world appear on a stick ‘pregnant’. Now you’d think I was jumping for joy after all the pain we’d suffered but the first thing I felt was a relief and the second thing I felt was fear. But we had to focus and I decided we needed to do absolutely everything in our power to keep his baby. I then remembered that the consultant had promised me progesterone so I called his office and demanded the prescription was written straight away so I could start taking them that night and finally I contacted Lianne and she scheduled me in immediately for early pregnancy support with acupuncture. It was on.

I saw Lianne and we talked through the plan and decided I would see her twice a week until around the 9-week mark and since the hospital wouldn’t scan me until I was 6 weeks I was thankful to have Lianne. She gave me advice on how to stay relaxed and reassured me every step of the way.

Every time I went to see her she was positive and always listened to me and how I was feeling. We didn’t know what to think or how things were going to turn out but she was there for us and when we made it to 6 weeks she was so happy for us.

Finally, we made it to 9 weeks and we started to relax some more and tell family and friends. At last, we had good news for them.

Right now I’m 27 weeks and loving every minute of being pregnant again. We’re backward and forwards to the hospital more than the average bear but that just provides us with more reassurance and we have faith that everything will work out this time for us and our little girl.

Every day we miss her brother and always will and the dark times that followed tested our strength in ways we never knew existed but we are still here and able to tell our story so far. We can only continue to have hope that the final outcome will be a happy one.

After losing our son we thought we could never move forward and the need to still create a family was so great that I know we couldn’t have got this far without Lianne. She is everything a person trying for a baby needs at some point during the process; not just physically with the acupuncture treatments but mentally as another human being who is willing to help and not dismiss you as a freak of nature who can’t do the basics.

She is the happy medium between a private clinic and the NHS as she can provide you with treatment yet be realistic in her approach from a medical and holistic point of view. For us, she is the best of both worlds and a genius of her profession. We are forever grateful.