Trying to get pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy can be one of the most stressful and emotionally taxing times in a couple’s life. Infertility and miscarriage are very painful experiences and they can leave you feeling depressed and overwhelmed emotionally. Oriental medicine helped me, and I believe it has the potential to help many people.
Acupuncture and Herbs For Infertility
Acupuncture helps to regulate hormones, regulate ovulation, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and manage stress and anxiety. Chinese herbal therapy helps to build healthy uterine lining, reduce endometriosis and ovarian cysts, prevent miscarriage, and improve ovarian function and reserve. Ideally it is best to start treatment with acupuncture and herbs three to four months prior to trying to become pregnant. For you and your future baby this will ensure the best possible conditions. If you cannot start that soon, there are still many benefits to starting treatment at anytime. We recommend acupuncture treatments once per week with Chinese herbs taken every day.
Acupuncture and Herbs for women receiving IVF or IUI
If you are receiving ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) like IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) or IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination), acupuncture can help improve the outcome. Studies have shown that Oriental medicine increases the chances of success by about 25% for IUI, and by almost 50% for IVF. Acupuncture helps to improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, reduce uterine contractility, regulate the immune system, and improve ovarian and uterine response to medications, while decreasing their side effects.
The Process For Acupuncture and Herbal Treatments For IVF
Ideally your treatment should start 3 or more months before medications are started. Treatments during this time are once per week. Herbs are included to help support the treatment. Our goal is to support follicle development and quality, healthy uterine lining, and clear any unhealthy lining.
Treatments are once to twice per week, when you have started medications. These treatments will focus more on nourishing and thickening uterine lining, reducing anxiety, and help manage side effects of pharmaceuticals.
We do a treatment the day before egg retrieval. We also do a treatment the day before implantation and the day of implantation.
After that, treatments are 1-2 times per week. Our focus is supporting implantation, and reducing risk for miscarriage.