Few women are actually infertile, yet most women who have difficulty conceiving have some imbalances. As your body comes into alignment and balance is achieved, the ability to conceive becomes possible.
Acupuncture works to help restore balance and health when trying to conceive. Many areas of your health may need to be addressed in order to bring your body to a balanced place. Our main focus on your menstrual cycle. This may include looking at regulating periods, increasing blood flow to your uterus, thickening the lining of the endometrium, balancing hormone levels, improving ovulation or reducing anxiety and stress. Research shows that Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine significantly improves the success rate of Western medical fertility treatments. Read more...
Treatments for fertility pay attention to each of the various phases of the menstrual cycle maximizing function of your reproductive organs including the ovaries and other glands. We do this by considering each phase of your cycle from a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. Therefore, we highly recommend treatments once a week as you go through the 4 different phases of your cycle (period, post-period, ovulation, & post-ovulation). After 3 menstrual cycles, we look at what changes have occurred and reassess. Chinese herbal supplements are generally prescibed to optimize your treatments when not taking Western fertility medications.
The following are some of the Western diagnoses that can be treated with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine:
- Advanced Maternal Age
- Implantation Failure
- Luteal Phase Defect
- Ovarian Cysts
- Reoccurring Miscarriage
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Unexplained Infertility
- Uterine Fibroids
IUI and IVF
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to help prepare for, and enhance conception for In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), and other Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) protocols. It is generally recommended that a minimum of 8-10 treatments prior to an IVF cycles should occur to maximize egg quality and help optimize hormones.
Acupuncture can help:
- Improve egg quality
- Improve the ovarian response
- Regulate the reproductive hormones
- Increase circulation of blood to the ovaries and uterus
- Improve the quality of the follicular fluids required for nourishment to developing eggs