The journey to conception is meant to be an exciting and hopeful time. For many couples these days, that hope fades when they are unable to get pregnant after many months or even years of trying. If you have been trying to conceive for any length of time, you might have been given well meaning, if unwelcome, advice from family and friends. “You’re trying too hard”, some might say or “I tried IVF and got pregnant after the first try”, others might recommend. How do you know which path is right for you? It certainly isn’t a one size fits all situation.
When I first became interested in helping couples conceive, it was mainly to offer advice and support during a phase of their life that would come with so many questions. After seeing the healing that came from those magic words, “you’re pregnant” I realized that this journey wasn’t so much about achieving pregnancy but about creating a family. Chinese Medicine as functional medicine and energetic medicine has been used to treat female infertility for centuries. It offers a natural approach to correct the hormonal imbalance and strengthen the female reproductive system.
At StillWaters Healing Center, our fertility specialists are able to assess your body using both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Allopathic methods to develop a plan involving Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbal Therapy and Nutritional Consulting. We are not only equipped to handle pre-pregnancy, but also offer prenatal care for mom and baby throughout your pregnancy and after.
Female Infertility or Sub-fertility
Female fertility issues, in many cases, are caused by hormonal imbalance. Though increasing numbers of woman are experiencing difficulty conceiving, and are diagnosed with infertility, many of their conditions are in fact sub-fertility. The hormonal imbalance due to an unhealthy diet, ongoing stress, environmental toxins and long-term pharmaceutical birth control practices causing energy imbalance in the female reproductive system. The common diagnosis of female infertility include endometriosis, PCOS, hypothyroidism, high FSH, poor egg quality, ovarian failure, an ovulation, premature menopause, immunological factors, hostile cervical mucous, incompetent cervix, recurrent miscarriage, amenorrhea or unexplained infertility.
How acupuncture and Chinese Medicine improve Fertility?
- Regulates menstrual cycle and ovulation
- Improves ovarian function, egg quality, and endometrial development
- Regulates reproductive hormones to produce more follicles
- Increases blood flow to the uterus, increases the thickness of uterine lining
- Prevent uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer
- Prevents early miscarriage
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces physical and emotional stress
- Improves sperm count, quality and motility
Traditional Chinese Medicine produces this in 4 Ways:
- Acupuncture increases the blood flow to the ovaries to nourish the developing follicles and create better egg quality and stronger embryos. Acupuncture also warms the uterus to nourish the developing fetus, improve the blood flow to the placenta, and prevent uterine contractions. It normalizes the function of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis to regulate and improve the body’s natural hormonal production, which in turn improves ovarian function, egg quality, and proper progesterone levels. And, acupuncture relaxes the body and reduces stress levels to prevent early uterine contractions.
- Chinese herbs build strong, nutrient-rich blood for the ovaries which will better nourish the developing follicles and create better egg quality and stronger embryos. The herbs also normalize the function of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis to regulate and improve the body’s natural hormonal production, which in turn improves ovarian function and egg quality. And, Chinese herbs nourish the spleen, kidney, and liver systems which are responsible for our reproductive health.
- Reproductive organ massage is a highly specialized form of therapeutic massage that manipulates the fascia of the pelvic cavity and breaks down adhesions and cysts in order to restore pelvic blood flow to the area. Increased blood flow increases egg quality, hormonal production, and warms the uterus.
- Dietary guidance is customized for each patient based on the health of her kidney, liver, and spleen functions, which control our reproductive health and underlie our metabolic processes. The diet emphasizes low glycemic foods and foods rich in Vitamin B and omega’s to influence overall health and well-being.
When should acupuncture treatment begin?
Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.
In a study by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine. However, conception occasionally occurs when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.
However you choose to use Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to enhance your fertility, StillWaters Healing Center has a plan to help you towards your plans of creating a family.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.