Acupuncture for Fertility

You intimately know the heartache of fertility issues. Friends and family keep asking you when you’re going to have a baby. Their question is well-intentioned, but it pierces your heart. Whether your fertility struggles are because of a disease, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome, repeat miscarriage or unexplained infertility we are here to support you. 

No matter where you are on the continuum to motherhood, whether you are trying to conceive naturally or are in the midst of fertility treatments, acupuncture is an effective component to enhancing your fertility health.

It's time to add something new to your fertility treatments.

Acupuncture works to promote healthy fertility by:

  • Stimulating the area of your brain that controls hormone balance

  • Increasing blood supply to your uterus to create a nutrient rich environment for your embryo

  • Decreasing your stress response by calming your central nervous system

  • Improving sperm motility and morphology

  • Managing the physical symptoms associated with fertility medications such as bloating, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings.

Chinese medicine has a long history of being used to treat fertility issues with records devoted to gynecological conditions dating back to 1237 A.D.  In modern medicine today, acupuncture is one of the most commonly used therapies to enhance the success of IVF or IUI.  Many reproductive medicine clinics are now recommending its use alongside fertility treatments.  Several clinics around the county even offer onsite acupuncture to their patients. 

See below for specific details related to Acupuncture During IVF/IUI and the treatment of PCOS.

Acupuncture for IVF/IUI

Perhaps you’re considering IVF, or maybe you’ve already tried, and it failed. You may feel alone, exhausted, and incredibly stressed with juggling work and your many doctor’s appointments.

The drugs used during infertility treatments, by design, override your body’s natural hormone chemistry. Consequently, they often create emotional havoc. Your stress level during infertility is comparable to stress experienced during a life-threatening illness.  Research shows that women who are more stressed and pessimistic prior to infertility treatment are less likely to conceive than women who experience positive emotions. With acupuncture, you will learn to enter into deep relaxation and initiate this relaxation response by yourself during times of stress.

When performed before and after embryo transfer, acupuncture can make your uterus an optimal environment for embryo attachment by:

  • Increasing blood and nutrients to the uterus

  • Supporting fertility-promoting hormones

  • Decreasing stress

  • Making your periods regular

  • Promoting a thick and healthy uterine lining

  • Relaxing uterine contractions after embryo transfer

If you are ready to optimize your chances for conception, please schedule an appoinment today!  

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Irregular periods may concern you because you are struggling with fertility, or perhaps you want to heal from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome instead of just masking your symptoms with synthetic hormones.

You feel self-conscious about the dark hair that grows on your chin, and you’re acutely aware of the patches of acne. Perhaps your weight has always been a struggle despite the fact that you try to eat well. You feel discouraged, uncomfortable in your body, and are starting to worry about the health implications caused by polycystic ovary syndrome.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome raises your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and endometrial cancer.

Irregular periods are a signal that your body is not functioning as it should.

Acupuncture restores the balance of sex hormones and promotes regular ovulation so that, over time, your period will become regular. Consequently, your body’s abnormal production of testosterone will be reduced, and with it, your skin will be clear of acne and facial hair. Healing from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, whether or not you are trying to conceive, is important to your long-term health.

Discover how you can heal from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and restore ovulation. Schedule an appointment today!