Petries Cottage

As you may know, a special interest of mine is women's health and fertility.  This is very broad category and doesn’t just cover IVF, here are a couple of common areas that I am having great results in.


A condition characterized by tissue growth similar to the ‘endometrium’ (uterus lining) which occurs outside of the uterus causing pain and infertility.  This can be a crippling condition especially during time of menstruation.  The most common Chinese diagnosis of this condition is one or more forms of stagnation in the uterus.  Our focus with this is to regulate hormones, move stagnation and ease pain.

Polycystic ovaries:

A condition affecting the ovaries in which an increased number of underdeveloped follicles are present.  This causes increased hair growth, acne, weight gain, decreased ovulation and irregular periods as well as pain and decreased fertility.  The most common Chinese diagnosis of this condition is damp-phlegm stagnation.  Our main focus is to regulate hormones and resolve damp.

Irregular Ovulation:

Something not all women know is that not all of us ovulate EVERY single cycle.  Without ovulation, egg fertilization simply cannot occur.  Although this is quite normal, it is not ideal of trying to fall pregnant.  Acupuncture can help to regulate hormones to increase chances of ovulation and follicle (egg) health.

Irregular Menstruation: 

All of the above plus many more can contribute to this one.  Acupuncture can help to regulate the cycle to assist in overall health.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): 

Now this one most of us are familiar with on some level whether we want to admit it or not!  Symptoms include breast tenderness, lower abdominal cramping, lower back ache, headaches and EMOTIONAL DISHARMONY.  Acupuncture can help reduce all of the symptoms and just quietly works a treat on the central nervous system to help stabiles moods.

Artificial Insemination (AI):

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) and (IXE) are all medical procedures to aid in becoming pregnant.  Acupuncture can support the body physically and emotionally during this time.  By increasing the health and number of eggs, the health of endrometrium and decreasing any stagnation and spasming, we aid in increasing the success of these procedure.

If you’re just thinking about starting a family, undergoing IVF or are suffering from any of the conditions above, acupuncture can help.  If you would like any further advice on “what’s next” you can call me at the clinic to make an appointment by calling the Petres Cottage of Natural Therapies Brisbane on 07 3889 1366, and we can get you started to better health.