Tending the Garden
Chinese medicine is a whole medicine that views reproductive health as a major part of one’s overall emotional and physical being. Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat infertility and improves the probability of becoming pregnant, at the same time, promotes systemic health and well-being.
Getting You Ready to Conceive
Nourishing the Soil
Fertility acupuncture helps to prepare your body for conception. We help you, in gardening terms, fertilize the soil so the tender plant(s) can grow.
To get your body in top reproductive condition, we use acupuncture/herbs to balance hormones and regulate your cycle, so that ovulation is more predictable.
The many benefits of addressing all aspects of the cycle include:
- Increases the lining of the uterus for better implantation
- Improved ovarian and follicular function
- Encourages blood flow to the endometrium which contributes to a thick, rich uterine lining
- Improve the quantity and quality of the follicles (~120 days)
- Significantly reduce stress
- Decrease the chance of miscarriage
- Improve male sperm factor: volume, motility, and morphology (~120 days)
- Manage the side effects of fertility medications
- Improve sleep
Getting the Rocks Out
It is beneficial, but not imperative to receive treatments before you start trying to conceive. Ideally, acupuncture is done at weekly intervals for 3 cycles to help produce quality eggs and best prepare your body for conception. If there is no time for preconception care and you are currently trying, come see us. Acupuncture and herbs are still indicated for where you are in your process.
The focus is on regulating your cycle and then treating issues that might impede pregnancy including:
- Irregular Periods, Amenorrhea( no period), Dysmenorrhea (Painful period), Endometriosis, Anovulation (no ovulation)
- Hormone Balancing
- Thyroid/Adrenal Issues
- Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Blocked Tubes
- Insulin Resistance
- History of an ectopic pregnancy
- Sperm issues with the male
- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
- Anxiety/Severe Emotional Issues
The fundamentals of preconception acupuncture focuses on enriching ones essence, optimizing sperm and egg quality and addressing implantation issues, to help couples achieve their full fertility potential and to go n to conceive a healthy baby.
Sometimes, getting pregnant is just downright hard.
It can be a very long journey through high emotion and brave decisions and it can be very hard on ones’ own or on a partnership. We understand the ups and downs and the joys and happiness of cycles. We completely “get” the waiting. We would like to partner with you to help realize your dream of becoming a family.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Extra Fertilizer for the Garden
Most women seeking fertility help fall into the 25% category of unexplained infertility.
Expecting to enter into an IVF cycle? It is beneficial to receive MINIMUM of 6-8 acupuncture sessions prior to the IVF transfer. For the retrieval, we recommend a session pre retrieval. For a transfer we recommend a session the morning of the procedure and another session right after the transfer. Then we see you one week post transfer to continue the beneficial effects of acupuncture, clear up to a positive pregnancy.
Additionally, our office is available for all pre and post IVF transfer treatments, seven days a week. Acupuncture for 6 weeks prior and a pre and post transfer treatment, increases the chance of conception by 32%. (link to Paulus Study)
If you are considering assisted reproductive therapies (ART), which include IUI and IVF, in your path to conception, the integration of chinese medicine into your treatment path will provide the best results. Many of our patients working with ART conceive within 3 – 6 cycles. The addition of Chinese medicine to these therapies greatly improves the success of becoming pregnant.
For over 20 years, we have been assisting women on their journeys to motherhood. We acknowledge there are many ways to build a family; naturally, IUI medicated IUI and IVF, surrogacy and adoption. We are available to treat these cycles ans transitions at any time.
Please schedule an appointment for a fertility assessment.
We look forward to working with you!
Treating Body and Soul
Beth was absolutely amazing in treating me for infertility. And she’s been equally wonderful treating me during my pregnancy (31 weeks and counting)! She is incredibly skilled and knowledgeable, but also deeply compassionate and warm. She has such a gentle touch and a great sense of humor. I always leave feeling better than I did when I arrived, thanks to Beth. (— it’s a lovely team and environment they have created there!)”
Frequently Asked Questions
What does infertility mean? Can I ever have children?
Infertility and being sterile are different. Infertility—or, more accurately, subfertility—is diagnosed if a couple is unable to conceive a child after having well-timed, unprotected intercourse over the course of a 12-month time period. It does not mean you may never get pregnant. Sterility is diagnosed after a thorough medical examination indicates the patient has no uterus, no ovaries, no egg production or no sperm production.
How often should I come in for treatment?
Treatments are done once weekly during each phase of the cycle – luteal phase, ovulatory phase, follicular phase, and menstrual phase.
How common is infertility?
Infertility affects approximately one in eight couples in the United States, or about 15% of the population.
Does age impact a woman’s fertility?
Yes. Age is the single most important factor that influences a woman’s fertility. A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. As a woman ages, her eggs also age, and they diminish in quantity and quality. Currently, there are no methods or treatments available to stop or reverse that process. At age 30, a woman’s chance of conceiving each month is about 20 percent. At 40, it’s about 5 percent.
What are the signs and symptoms of infertility?
Symptoms for women can include:
- Abnormal, irregular or painful periods
- No periods
- Skin changes, including more acne
- Changes in sex drive and desire
- Dark hair growth on the lips, chest and chin
- Loss of hair or thinning hair
- Unexplained weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Painful intercourse or inability to have intercourse
- Milky breast discharge