Fertility

Our clinic offers Traditional Chinese Medicine for patients that need support in their journey to conception.  Whether you are using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) or not, acupuncture has proven to be beneficial in increasing the chances of pregnancy.  

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How Does Acupuncture help improve fertility?

1.  Acupuncture balances and normalizes the hormones and endocrine system that govern ovulation.

2.  Acupuncture can regulate  the menstrual cycle

3.  Acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety, and takes the body out of "fight-or-flight" mode.  Hormones and chemicals that are secreted during stress can significantly decrease fertility.  

4.  Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the uterus and reproductive organs

5.  Acupuncture reduces inflammation and can modulate the immune response which is important  with auto-immune infertility disorders. 


 Conditions Treated include:

• Unexplained Infertility

• Advanced Maternal Age

• PCOS

• Male Factor

• Luteal Phase Defect

• High FSH

• IVF Poor Responders

• IVF Implantation Failure

• Recurrent Pregnancy Losss

• Uterine Fibroids

• ART complementary enhancement (Acupuncture with IVF or IUI)

• Diminished Ovarian Reserve

• Endometriosis


Services for Fertility:

•  Pre & Post Embryo Transfer Acupuncture (optional home visit for post)

•  Custom blended phasic herbal formulation

•  Ovulation stimulation

•  Nutritional Counseling & Lifestyle recommendations

•  Emotional support


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RESEARCH

Acupuncture & Fertility

Studies have shown that adding acupuncture to an IVF cycle can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.    Please read the following research abstracts for more information.

Paulus, et al., 2002 - "Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy."

 

Stener-Victorin et al., 1996 - "Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture"

Manheimer, Zhang, et al., 2008 - "Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in-vitro fertilization: systematic review and meta-analysis"

 

Acupuncture & Male Factor

Research indicates that acupuncture & herbs can increase sperm motility and quality.

Hu, Zhang, et al., "Eastern medicine approaches to male infertility" 

Deiterle, et al., 2009 - "A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia."

Leung & Wong, 2013 - "Ginseng and male reproductive function"

 

Acupuncture & PCOS 

 

Johansson & Stener-Victorin, 2013 - "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Effect and Mechanisms of Acupuncture for Ovulation Induction."

Johansson, et al., 2013 - "Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial."

 

Acupuncture & Endometriosis

Wayne, Kerr, et al., 2008 - "Japanese-style acupuncture for endometriosis-related pelvic pain in adolescents and young women: results of a randomized sham-controlled trial."

Rubi-Klein, et al., 2010 - Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis? A randomised controlled cross-over trial."

 

Acupuncture & Miscarriage Prevention

Betts, Smith & Hannah, 2012 - "Acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment option for threatened miscarriage."