Niamh graduated with a first class honours degree in Human Physiology and Rehabilitation in 2003. She then spent a year in Beijing, China studying acupuncture which involved an internship in Beijing united family hospital (bufh). Upon her return to Ireland she continued her studies in UCD qualifying with a level 9 postgraduate diploma in healthcare and acupuncture. Niamh is also a qualified member of acupuncture foundation professional association (afpa).
In 2011 Niamh established the Physio Centre Mountmellick with her business partner, Alison Holmes where she now works full time. Niamh was immersed in sport from an early age and played both ladies football and camogie for her local clubs as well as representing Laois for camogie from juvenile right up to adult intercounty. Niamh was lead physiotherapist with Laois ladies senior football team from 2002 – 2019. She has also worked with a number of local sports clubs and athletes including Mountmellick GAA, Sarsfields ladies football, O’Moores camogie, Mountmellick united soccer.
Niamh no longer works at pitch-side therapy she continues to treat athletes in the clinic and specializes in acupuncture treatment for a range of conditions; including but not limited to fertility, digestive issues, headaches, fatigue, fibromyalgia.
Niamh has extensive experience in the use of acupuncture for fertility. Acupuncture can be beneficial during the fertility process by helping you relax and improving your general wellbeing.
Research has been conducted into its effects in the following areas.
All of this may have a part to play in the fertility process.
It is estimated that in about a third of cases there can be an issue with the male however it is well documented that male factor infertility is on the increase worldwide. Female issues are diagnosed also in a third of cases, with a third combined factor, both male and female. 10% of cases are of unknown origin.
Many things can change a woman’s ability to have a baby. These include:
– Excess alcohol use
– Poor diet
– Athletic training
– Being overweight or underweight
– Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
– Health problems that cause hormonal changes, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and primary ovarian insufficiency
Many women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children. Age is a growing cause of fertility problems. About one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems.
Aging decreases a woman’s chances of having a baby in the following ways:
– Her ovaries become less able to release eggs.
– She has a smaller number of eggs left.
– Her eggs are not as healthy.
– She is more likely to have health conditions that can cause fertility problems.
– She is more likely to have a miscarriage.
Most experts suggest at least one year. Women 35 or older should see their doctors after six months of trying. A woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30.
Some health problems also increase the risk of infertility. So, women should talk to their doctors if they have:
– Irregular periods or no menstrual periods
– Very painful periods
– Pelvic inflammatory disease
– More than one miscarriage
It is a good idea for any woman to talk to a doctor before trying to get
pregnant. Doctors can help you get your body ready for a healthy baby. They
can also answer questions on fertility and give tips on conceiving.
Painful periods do not necessarily mean infertility. Regular painful periods are an indication of ovulatory cycles. However progressive pain before the menses or during the sexual act may signify endometriosis. Irregular menses should be investigated especially if you are obese.
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