Recommended books to assist in the journey:

"Making Babies" 

"Curing Infertility"

 Acupuncture can be effective for the treatment of:

Unexplained Infertility

PCOS

Advanced Maternal Age

Recurrent Miscarriage

Luteal Phase Defect

High FSH/ Poor Responder

Ovulation Disorders

Poor Egg Quality

Male Factor Infertility

Support IUI/IVF


 
Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to promote conception, pregnancy, and assist in labor. 

Carefully chosen acupuncture points and herbal formulas can increase fertility rates and stabilize pregnancy, and has few, if any, adverse side effects.


How Can Acupuncture Assist In Fertility:



  1. Increased blood flow to the uterus to promote implantation.
  2. Improved ovarian function, which may help produce better quality eggs and a larger number of follicles.
  3. Reduced side effects of drugs used in ART procedures.
  4. Decreased uterine contractions, intended to encourage implantation, and prevent early miscarriage.
  5. Reduction of stress hormones and anxiety.
  6. The ability to strengthen a patient's immune system and support their general health, possibly helping to prevent miscarriage.


 

     Acupuncture alone can be used to improve fertility and likelihood of conception, but when it combined with Chinese herbs, it becomes even more powerful. In Chinese medicine, the practitioner always combines herbs to meet each patients specific needs, this is determined by an extensive intake utilizing pulse, tongue, abdominal and auricular diagnostic systems. There are many combinations of Chinese herbs that have been used to improve fertility in both males and females for centuries. 

     Classical Chinese Medicine because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining. Acupuncture is often combined with herbal remedies to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles, and male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.

     Acupuncture for the treatment of infertility does not aim at creating conception; rather it aims at creating a healthy person. Conception and pregnancy then become a natural event. Most women struggling with infertility are all too aware of the “window of opportunity” and feel that they are running out of time. In reality, a successful conception and pregnancy relates as much to a woman’s state of health as to her age. A woman who is 40 years old who gains her health back through acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes has a better chance of conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy than a 40 year old woman who is in poor health. 

 Stress plays a major role in the regulation of hormones in the body. High levels of stress hormones are known to suppress fertility and decrease the chances of a natural conception. When people are under stress, the hormone cortisol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, thus changing hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. Because of the balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary and reproductive glands, stress can prevent a woman from ovulating. Stress can also cause spasms in both the fallopian tubes and uterus, which can interfere with the movement and implantation of an embryo. Acupuncture counters the effects of stress and cortisol production by releasing endorphins in the brain, which exert a calming effect on the body.

 On its own, acupuncture can be seen as an alternative way of treating fertility problems. It is also often seen as a complementary therapy to modern fertility treatments. When used alone, though, acupuncture is probably most effective for those couples who are experiencing a functional problem, like irregular ovulation, rather than a structural problem, like a blockage in the sperm ducts or fallopian tubes. 

 A German study done in 2002 showed that of the 80 women who underwent IVF and received acupuncture, 34 women got pregnant, a success rate of 42.5%. Of the 80 women involved in the study who received IVF without any acupuncture treatments, only 21 women (26.3%) became pregnant. More recently, an American study involving 114 women showed that 51% of the women who had acupuncture and IVF treatments became pregnant versus only 36% of the women who had IVF alone. Deeper analysis of this study revealed that, while 8% of the women in the acupuncture group miscarried, the rate of miscarriage in the IVF-only group was 20%. Furthermore, women who received acupuncture also had lower rates of ectopic pregnancies.

It has also been found that acupuncture treatment for infertility increases blood supply and flow to the reproductive organs, leading to speculation about increased egg follicles and elevated hormone levels around the ovaries.

It is also possible that acupuncture could help when the lining of the uterus is too weak to maintain a pregnancy - a problem associated with miscarriage. Increased blood flow may lead to a stronger lining in the uterus better able to sustain an implanted embryo.


Fertility / Sterility treatments: ideally should last from 3 months and up. As it takes about 3 months to lay a sound foundation for conception. Generally for women under 35, Acupuncture should be administered once a weekFor women 35 and over 2 times a week is ideal.  Also if  IVF or IUI is being planned than, if you have 3 months to receive treatments, then it is great, if time is pressing then we work with a given time frame. 

First and Last Trimesters of pregnancy: Acupuncture should be given 1 to 2 times a week depending on medical history and pregnancy flow. To reduce chances of miscarriage and reduce breech baby or delayed labor chances.