Up to 15% of Americans have difficulties conceiving. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year or more of regular sexual activity with no contraceptive use. Infertility is also the inability to carry a pregnancy to full term. More and more people are seeking complementary or alternative therapies to assisted reproductive technologies for fertility support.
Chinese medicine has a long tradition of treating infertility in both men and women. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can greatly increase the chances of getting pregnant by helping correct underlying hormonal issues as well as address lifestyle factors such as stress that affect fertility. Acupuncture improves outcomes for couples using natural fertility. It can be used on it’s own or can be done to enhance the outcomes of those using advanced reproductive technology, such as IUI and IV.
Here at our clinic, a consultation to address fertility begins with a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of infertility for the couple. For women, ovulation problems can be a result of low thyroid function, high prolactin levels, polycystic ovarian syndrome, eating disorders, extremes of weight loss or exercise, and advancing age. For both men and women, lifestyle factors such as stress and environmental exposure to toxins can affect fertility. A review of your medical history will be done along with laboratory assessment to check for hormonal issues such as thyroid function, ovarian reserve, progesterone adequacy, and adrenal health. The cause of infertility are multi-factorial and for many addressing lifestyle factors and stress can greatly increase fertility outcomes. Once an evaluation and diagnosis is made, treatment can include:
- dietary recommendations and vitamin/mineral support
- acupuncture therapy for fertility, IUI and IVF
- herbal medicine to correct any underlying imbalances and clear obstructions
- stress management and reduction
Treatment includes a dietary program that helps support reproduction. Certain vitamin and mineral supplements may be recommended to increase reproductive health and increase the health of the egg and sperm. Therapies and exercises that help manage stress are recommended since stress affects the body physically and can cause underlying hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture can help increase conception rates. Acupuncture can help support fertility by enhancing circulation to the reproductive organs as well as balance hormones and address the impacts of stress on the body. Herbs are recommended to help correct the underlying issues and increase chance of ovulation.
For those who don’t have any diagnosed problems with fertility and want to plan to begin a family, preconception planning and detoxification programs are developed for individuals and couples that want to achieve optimal health prior to conception. Preconception care can help increase the chance of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Schedule an appointment today to optimize your fertility.