For many women, irregular and painful periods are all too common, and can be a sign of less than optimal conditions that may lead to fertility challenges. Whether you are actively trying to conceive, or planning for the future, traditional Chinese medicine can help optimize your reproductive health.
In brief, these are some of the ways that acupuncture and herbal medicine can help improve your reproductive health:
The best time to begin acupuncture treatment is prior to conception (ideally 2-4 months), although initiating treatment at any point in your process will be beneficial in preparing your body for pregnancy. Acupuncture treatments for fertility can help regulate your period; decrease stress and PMS symptoms; and improve blood circulation to your ovaries and uterus, thus optimizing the quality of both your eggs and endometrial lining, supporting conception and embryo implantation.
When infertility is a concern, or if you have experienced miscarriages, acupuncture and herbal medicine alone can be a powerful and effective fertility treatment plan. If you are working with a diagnosis such as poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), blocked fallopian tubes, or endometriosis, acupuncture and herbal medicine may still help – these are assessments we can make together.
I also work with individuals and couples who are using traditional Chinese medicine in conjunction with Western infertility treatment options, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). In these cases, acupuncture is used both to improve chances of a healthy pregnancy, as well as to decrease side-effects from Western drug regimens. I am also available to provide embryo transfer support.
Sometimes there is a male factor in infertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase sperm count, improve motility, and address morphology issues. There are also herbal formulas that can be prescribed to support sperm production.
In sum, traditional Chinese medicine treatment for fertility will bring your body and mind into a healthier and more balanced state, and optimize your chances of conception.
Note: If you are planning to conceive, basal body temperature (BBT) charting is an incredibly useful tool in identifying potential fertility challenges – please see the following articles that I have written on this topic.