Acupuncture for Infertility
Infertility. It’s an incredibly painful diagnosis and is often an unexpected part of the journey to parenthood. Whether you’re a heterosexual couple, same-sex couple, or individual who wants to have a baby, the experience of infertility can be stressful, overwhelming, and easily lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides hope. A proven, effective alternative for infertility, TCM balances physical, mental and emotional health, which makes conception more likely by:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle
- Improving overall circulation, nourishing the reproductive system
- Reducing hormonal side effects of assisted reproductive technology treatments
- Improving sperm count and motility (movement)
TCM can be used alone or in combination with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures, including: intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), and donor transfer IVF. Research studies* show the following benefits of acupuncture when combined with ART:
- Reduces physical and emotional stress
- Increases pregnancy and live birth rates when used with IVF
- Improves uterine blood flow
- Lowers rates of miscarriage
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Plan to spend 75-90 minutes your first visit, with follow-up visits lasting 45 minutes. You’ll receive a detailed medical history, review of any of your medical documents, an acupuncture treatment based on your Eastern diagnosis and a customized treatment plan, including:
- Herbal prescription
- Dietary & exercise recommendations
- Stress management techniques
- Nutritional supplements
In order to prepare the body for conception naturally or with ART, weekly sessions of acupuncture are recommended for three months. One month prior to IVF, acupuncture is recommended twice per week one month prior to transfer date to improve chances of conceiving. To provide you with as much emotional support as possible through this process, monthly support groups are offered at my office.
My practice is built on my passion for helping people become parents and overcoming infertility. In addition to being nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine, I possess a specialized board certification in Oriental Reproductive Medicine through the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). ABORM is recognized by physicians because it acknowledges the value of Eastern and Western medicine while bridging any gaps between the two.
As one of the first Arizona practitioners to become ABORM certified, I continue to expand my knowledge about the latest research and treatment modalities. I have built an excellent rapport with physicians and become a trusted, caring resource for their patients. I believe that integrating my services and expertise with conventional medicine creates your best possible outcome.
Imagine a healing place where your concerns are heard with compassion. Imagine a space where your needs are addressed with the highest level of professional competence. Take the first step on your journey to parenthood and contact me today!