Double Board Certified: Dipl. NCCAOM Oriental Medicine
Fellow, American Board of Oriental and Reproductive Medicine
Infertility is a growing problem in the US. There are many factors for this: high levels of stress, toxic environments, and starting families later in life all increase the odds of fertility issues. Or you may have a specific diagnosis, such as PCOS, reduced ovarian reserve, low egg quality, high FSH, irregular periods, anovulation, endometriosis, luteal phase defect, reduced sperm count and quality, repeat miscarriage or unexplained infertility.
You are Not Alone
One of the worst parts about struggling with infertility is that you feel so isolated. It seems like all your friends don’t have problems getting pregnant, and don’t understand what you are going through. Many women just don’t say anything, because it hurts too much to talk about. So you struggle on, trying to figure out what to do.
You aren’t alone, though it feels like you are, and there are ways to address the root cause of your infertility. All of the issues that I mentioned above: these are all diagnoses that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can address and often resolve.
Conventional Fertility Treatments v Chinese Medicine
Conventional fertility treatments are expensive, but they are not guaranteed. Furthermore, conventional in-vitro and IUI treatments work on a quantity orientation: getting more eggs improves the odds of success. No attention is focused on improving the quality of the eggs or sperm because there really isn’t a way for Western fertility treatments to do that.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, infertility is the body’s way of saying that the couple can’t have a child because they are not in a healthy place physically, or something isn’t functioning properly. A healthy conception leads to a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
For some couples, IVF is the right option; other couples would prefer to address fertility in a more holistic way. Either way, the success of conventional fertility treatments is improved by doing fertility acupuncture first. By resolving underlying imbalances in hormones, nutrition, stress, or health, the health and quality of your eggs and sperm improves.
Why Fertility Acupuncture?
Every single fertility issue can be addressed and improved by Chinese medicine and acupuncture. While I cannot guarantee that the result will be a pregnancy, my success rate is between 40-80%, depending on the diagnosis. For IVF, a course of fertility acupuncture treatments can up to double the likelihood of a successful IVF.
Your Body is Wise: Treating the Root
Your body is wise: I believe that you do not have the “symptom” of infertility for no reason. It is your body’s way to tell you that right now, your health is not in a good place to create and nourish a baby. Chinese medicine treats the root causes of these imbalances to restore fertility. The key is to bring you and your partner back to health so you can conceive.
It Takes Two to Make a Baby
Yes, both of you: 40-50% of all infertility is the result of issues with the man’s fertility. Male factor infertility for issues such as low motility, low sperm count, morphology issues are treatable in Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture can also do things that Western medicine can’t. Did you know that acupuncture is the only known modality that can actually change the body’s ability to produce and regulate hormones, in the woman or the man?
Fewer Side Effects, Feeling Better
Furthermore, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have fewer side effects and/or complications than Western infertility treatments. It’s a lot less expensive and invasive, too.
Acupuncture alone can help increase your fertility. However, if you choose to undergo IVF or IUI, acupuncture works in conjunction with your other treatment to significantly increase success rates.
How Does Fertility Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture and herbs do not work like conventional medicine: they do not “force” the body to do anything, nor do they override the body’s natural reactions. They work with the body, using the body’s own wisdom and healing power. As a result, it might take several treatments before you notice any difference. The benefit of this gentle, whole-body approach is that you will feel better all over. Treatments will address your specific imbalances, and they will strengthen and nourish all of you. You will feel more energized, more settled, and more like yourself: and your health translates into increased fertility. That is the power of Chinese medicine: ALL of you feels better, not just the fertility issue!
If you go into conception healthier, it improves the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, too.
My Role as Your Fertility and Wellness “Coach”
I think of myself as a healthy fertility and pregnancy counselor. Acupuncture is really only one piece of the puzzle. I am here to guide you through the lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, sleep, sex, relaxation) and give you acupuncture treatments, and possibly herbs, that will make you healthy and increase your success of a successful conception AND pregnancy. The more you are willing to
make changes to create a healthy environment within yourself, the more likely you will conceive and have a successful pregnancy.
I have some personal experience with fertility issues: I suffered from three miscarriages during the years I was trying to get pregnant. I understand the pain, loss, frustration, and grief fertility issues can cause, and my experience helps me understand and help you go through this process. Read my bio here to learn more.
Take the Next Step
If you are interested in improving your fertility in a natural, safe and effective way, please give me a call. I schedule a free telephone consult so you can tell me about what is going on, and I can explain how I can help. I am happy to speak with you about how acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help you improve your fertility.
For more information, please click on this link to go to my fertility website at http://www.smafertilityclinic.com.