Fertility Care

Are you struggling with infertility? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture and herbs, has a long history of successfully treating infertility and women's health issues that dates back centuries. When used in conjunction with each other they can offer an effective therapy for those wanting to conceive naturally or adjuvunct therapy to an IUI/IVF cycle. Recent research shows us how effective acupuncture can be in increasing pregnancy rates, reducing miscarriage, and supporting a healthy pregnancy.

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rates in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy

Influence of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilisation when embryo implantation has failed: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial.

Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrom: a randomized controlled trial

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) describes the female reproductive system as a network of channels and organs connected by energy that responds to hormonal changes, stress, chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, and emotional upset. These stressors can cause imbalances that negatively affect our organ system's health and energy. Sometimes even a slight ripple can throw us off causing us to have a decline in our fertility. However, in the same way our reproductive system responds to stressors it responds to positive changes too, that's why our clinic has a multifaceted approach to your care and why I believe we are so successful. When working with our fertility patients we utilize different modalities such as acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, fertility exercises, Mayan abdominal therapy, fertility coaching, essential oils and much more to help you to conceive.

 

Some of the fertility benenfits you will experience with regular acupuncture are:

 

  • Reduced stress/anxiety

  • Reduction of painful or irregular bleeding

  • Regulation of the menstrual cycle (ovulation disorders/PCOS)

  • Reduce stress/anxiety

  • Decrease the chance of miscarriage

  • Prevention of morning sickness

  • Treatment of “baby blues” or PPD

  • Naturally turn a breech presentation

  • Reduce side effects of IVF medications

  • Improve blood flow to the reproductive cavity/ovaries to allow optimal response to stimulation meds

  • Improve blood flow to increase endometrial lining at anytime of your cycle, especially helpful in estrogen priming protocols

  • Pre ET acupuncture relaxes cervix for an easier transfer

  • Post ET acupuncture to for sedative and analgesic effects

  • Acupuncture to encourage implantation during your TWW

  • Reduce stress/anxiety during your TWW

healthy pregnancy Care

First Trimester Treatments

 

We treat our patients throughout their first trimester to support a healthy pregnancy. This means helping to reduce the incidence of miscarriage and to help prevent morning sickness and nausea.  Additionally, we have several patients that will continue treatment as they get even further along, coming in for “tune ups” if they start to experience back pain, swelling, heartburn, hypertension, or other common ailments that can occur with a pregnancy.  Acupuncture is an excellent option for women wanting a natural alternative to medications. 

Once our patients have graduated from their first trimesters, we encourage them to continue at once per month to care for their needs throughout their pregnancy. During this time we see patients that may develop sleeping issues, digestive complains, and physical discomforts. Acupuncture shines when treating such issues and in addition it is a quiet time for mommy-to-be to relax.

Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy: a systematic review

Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.

 

Labor Preparation Treatments

 

Recent studies have shown that regular acupuncture treatments reduce the duration of labor as well as the actual "hard" labor times. It is ideal to begin your labor preparation sessions around weeks 35 - 37, at least once per week.

Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labor at term--a randomized controlled trial.

 

Breech Presentation

 

Moxibustion is the act of burning the dried herb mugwort over specific points. This treatment has been shown to effectively and safely turn non-vertex breech presentations of baby. It is best to begin treatments between 33 -35 weeks at least once per week. 

Acupuncture conversion of fetal breech presentation.

POST PARTUM CARE

In traditional Chinese medicine, the time after birth (post-partum) is seen as a cherished time period in a women’s life. There is great emphasis on the need to recover from childbirth and the changes that occurred during her months of pregnancy is . It is common practice in China to have the new mother rest for at least 30 days (sometimes as much as 100 days) during this vital time period to allow the opportunity for her blood and qi (pronounced “chee”) to be replenished through rest and nutrition. This time of recovery should never be rushed but rather appreciated and proper care should always be given.

Unfortunately, the importance of restoration and recovery after having a baby does not get enough attention in our modern day lifestyle. It is often overlooked resulting in many new mommies whom have insufficient recovery time and often lack the correct nutrients in their diets needed to restore abundant health.

Whether it is the lack of time or knowledge, this insufficient time for repair can lead to problems further down the line. The increasing need for education in this area is what led me to develop a post-partum recovery program. I designed this program so that you will have the knowledge, tools, and power to face the post-partum period head on. 

Facts about the post-partum time:

  • The immune system is susceptible to disease in this time period

  • Blood loss from labor can lead to fatigue and poor brain function

  • Post-partum depression is a very real thing, approximately 1 in every 5 women will have a maternal mental health complication

  • Poor digestion and poor appetite may occur and need to be addressed for proper recovery

A clinical evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture for insufficient lactation

Randomized non-invasive sham-controlled pilot trial of electroacupuncture for postpartum depression.

Your 4-6 weeks treatment protocol to re-establish your good health will include:

Acupuncture – weekly acupuncture visits for recovery, PPD/PPA support, energy, and stress reduction. Geared to reduce bleeding, sore muscles and cramping as the uterus returns to size.

Mother Warming with moxibustion – the act of warming the acupuncture meridians that are located throughout the abdomen. Warming the channels helps to invigorate your energy and speed recovery and function, reduce sore muscles and cramping and encourage milk production. This technique can be taught for in home care as well.

Herbal tonics and supplements - to rebuild the blood and energy, fill in the nutrition gap, to increase milk production, help with sleep, stabilize moods, and reduce stress.

Topical herbs – if necessary to apply to cesarean scar (beginning 6 weeks pp) to reduce scarring and promote healing.

 

While acupuncture and herbs are an excellent source for post-partum recovery they are not always the complete answer. You may need additional care that I cannot provide. If you suspect you are suffering from PPD/PPA please read on.

Some signs of PPD/PPA (post-partum depression/post-partum anxiety) include:

  • Scary/repetitive thoughts about harm coming to themselves or their children

  • Depression

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Mood swings

  • Loss of appetite

  • Obsessive thoughts

  • Panic attacks

  • Insomnia

You will not always feel like this, you are not alone and with help you can and will get better. 

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