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Fertility Foundation Course

by Jani White

This foundation course is designed to facilitate qualified acupuncturists who want to extend their knowledge, to practice safely and appropriately, in support of fertility patients seeking either natural or assisted conception.

 

The importance of this course is the emphasis on 'Scope of Practice'. This is to ensure that practitioners feel confident guiding, and treating, their patients around the challenges associated with fertility issues. We will also take a look at the mechanisms of western investigations and treatments which patients can undergo and see how acupuncture might assist them.

 

The curriculum of this course is the programme written for the Oxford Brookes University MA in Acupuncture. The course was accredited by the university as an appropriate adjunct to the foundation of the Lic Ac degree level qualification, to prepare postgrads to safely treat this specific client group.

Course Overview

In this course we will discuss the variant spectrum that our patients may be experiencing. This 7 part course will cover:

 

1. Gynaecology & Fertility

2. Biology Of Reproduction

3. Female Cycles

4. Male reproduction

5. Stress & Reproduction

6. Assisted Reproduction/Conception

7. Advanced Maternal Age

Part 4 - Male Sexual Health

 

Module 1.

Jani takes an in-depth look at male sexual health. She discusses pattern differentiation and provides a list of criteria you can use for history taking with your male patients.  Jani also discusses exposures that are detrimental to sperm development.

 

Module 2.

Janie discusses the importance of STI & GUI testing.

 

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Part 6 - Assisted Reproduction

 

In this module Jani discusses common acronyms, and other medical shorthand that you may encounter on medical reports, and goes on to discuss in detail the common western medical procedures and investigations that your patients may have as part of their western medical treatments.  Jani gives a detailed overview of these procedures and tests which will greatly broaden your knowledge allowing you to more easily communicate with western medical practitioners.

In this module Jani also discusses in detail the Acupuncture treatment options during Assisted Reproduction Cycles, and ethical and moral issues that may arise working with patients during this process.

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Part 2 - The Biology of Reproduction

 

Module 1. Running time 87 min

Module 1 is designed to give a clear understanding of the anatomy and biology of the reproductive system and will help to develop your ability to make a sound TCM diagnosis.

 

Module 2.  Running time 38 min

Module 2 looks at ovulation and follicular development in the context of biochemical and hormonal markers, and helps you to understand, as well as, accurately interpret them.

 

Module 3.    Running time 15 min

Module 3 looks at Thyroid function. Here, Jani reviews the thyroid’s role in fertility and looks at the HPO (Hypothalamic, Pituitary and Ovarian) axis and other influencing factors in your patient’s fertility.

 

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Part 1 - Gynaecology & Fertility

 

Module 1.  Running time 59 min

The Main focus in this module is to develop your understanding of Gynaecology and Fertility from a TCM point of view. Jani develops the idea of what it means to be a well rounded fertility support practitioner, helping you to support your patients on their journey.

 

Module 2.  Running time  44 min

This Module looks at the ‘imperative of conception’ and ‘understanding societal pressures and their influence on patients’. We’ll also look at the role of fear in fertility and how we might consider it in our Acupuncture treatment.

 

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Part 3 -  Female Cycles

 

Module 1.

Jani takes a look at the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle and discusses pattern differentiation for each phase.  Here Jani includes point prescription tables for each pattern discussed.

 

Module 2.

Jani discusses Basal Body Temprature charting (BBT) and how we interpet it.  Here we learn how the BBT Chart can inform our treatments.

 

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Part 5 - Roll of Stress

 

In this module Janie discusses the implications of stress and its treatment in fertility.

Jani discusses the roll of the Bao Mao, ( the Heart-Womb Axis) , the Ren and Chong and our understanding of these extra vessels vital role in the menstrual cycle. She also discusses the Liver, gallbladder and spleen and how these organs may be involved in our diagnosis and treatments..

 

 

 

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Part 7 - Advanced Maternal age

 

In this module Jani talks in detail about the increased risk factors in the 35+ age group from Pre-Eclamptic Toxaemia (PET) , Diabetes to chromosomal abnormalities and birth weight issues. This course will leave you better placed to guide your patients through this process and help them make informed choices.

 

 

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You can now enrol in parts 1 to 7 individually

Regular Price Per Part €70.00

Introductory Price €50.00

Per Module

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Register and pay for all 7 parts today, for the introductory price of €300

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