I do not profess to be an expert in all fields of women’s health, but I am very confident treating symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic pain, as well as any other pain related to pregnancy. Pregnancy is physiological, not pathological, and any physical assistance is much appreciated. This includes structural osteopathy as well as cranial osteopathy.

I also find evidence-based acupuncture extremely helpful in women’s health. This includes being trained in acupuncture for treating issues such as fertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, menopause, urinary incontinence and others. I use the Stener-Victorin protocol, which has been widely published and shown to bring significant results.

But there are people who solely focus on these areas. If you want acupuncture specifically for this, there are those that specialise.

However, I do find it helpful to use these techniques if, for example, a woman comes to me with neck pain and tells me she is also trying to get pregnant. Whilst I am working on her neck and not doing anything around her abdomen or legs, I may suggest that it is a great opportunity to double up and stick a few needles in. Back pain with endometriosis? Needle ’em. Shoulder pain but also have PCOS? I’ll do both. Why not? It can’t hurt and may well help. I can almost guarantee the shoulder or neck will get better and if the needles help the rest, that’s great!

Add a little cranial osteopathy to the area too and, with some lifestyle advice, it can only help!

The only woman who has sworn that my professional techniques helped lead to pregnancy is my wife. (That is not on offer!). But there are some patients who have become pregnant and gently wondered… could it have played a role…?