Natural therapies empowered me to heal from PTSD and manage my own fertility difficulties.
Now I help women boost their fertility by improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
Gazing down at my new baby son, while his older brother plays in the next room, I am filled with love and appreciation.
After being diagnosed with PCOS at just 16 years old, I had spent much of my adult life believing I would be unable to have children. My health investigations began after three years of irregular periods and yo-yoing weight gain. After blood tests and an ultrasound, I was told I had PCOS, handed a prescription for the contraceptive pill to regulate my periods, and warned that I was unlikely to ever have children – tough news for a 16-year-old to process.
When I was 22, I met my husband and a few years later we decided the time was right to start out family.
Right about now you’re expecting to read a hard luck story about our struggle to conceive, but that’s not how this tale goes. I had already experienced the power of natural therapies and by the time we thought about having children, my mind and body were in good health.
When it came to my own fertility, I’d definitely done my homework, and had fully embraced the possibilities of natural therapies.
I’m a qualified acupuncturist, member of the steering committee for the acupuncture fertility network, fertility coach and naturopath, with more than 10 years experience working in the healthcare sector as a clinical scientist.
Holistic therapy helped me recover from PTSD
One Halloween night, I was alone in my flat in a less-than-desirable area of South London. I heard shouting, then fireworks, screaming, silence, and finally sirens. When I left the building the next morning, I discovered a man had been shot in the doorway. Those firework sounds had actually been gunfire. When I looked behind me as I left the flat, I saw bullet holes in the tiles, just a few inches above my window,
Although I moved away from the area as quickly as I could, the damage to my mental health had already been done. I struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. I took some time off work and began treatment with antidepressants and talking therapy. But my mental health continued to decline until I was struggling to leave the house, and eventually was forced to leave my job.
One day, during a rare trip into town, I noticed a therapy centre. Willing to try just about anything to improve the way I was feeling, I signed up for a series of acupuncture treatments. After just six sessions I was experiencing a huge improvement in my well-being. I loved it so much, I signed up for a weekend course on how to administer treatments.
Once qualified, my own diagnosis of PCOS made me more interested in helping women facing fertility issues. I became a fertility coach and naturopath, and joined the steering committee for the Acupuncture Fertility Network.
When it came to starting my own family, I was terrified that it wouldn’t happen, that I would really struggle to get pregnant, but it was easy. Both babies came before we even really started trying. I’m so grateful for that but also acknowledge this was not down to chance. I took everything I had learnt as a fertility coach, and integrated it into my own life, to give me the best chances of conception.
Now I help women take control of their own fertility
I help guide women through the wealth of natural fertility-boosting treatments available, and help them develop a programme that suits their individual needs.
Your life doesn’t begin the moment you conceive. It’s happening right now. Stop waiting, and start embracing this experience. I can help you make health and lifestyle changes so you can start living well now AND improve your fertility.
The Pro Bio
Nicola Salmon is a qualified acupuncturist, naturopath and fertility coach. She has more than 10 years experience working in the health sector and is extensively qualified in her field, holding a
- Diploma of Acupuncture;
- Diploma of Naturopathy;
- certification as an Integrative Fertility Coach;
- membership of the British Acupuncture Council;
- member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network;
- certification as an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner.