Couples seek acupuncture to improve fertility when they wish to conceive, or if they are having trouble with conception or staying pregnant. Unsuccessful conception creates its own cycle of stress and disappointment which can perpetuate even more stress and cause greater imbalance.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) work to unblock the interrupted flow of energy that leads to imbalance. When a woman’s body is out of balance, the reproductive cycle is often affected. When a woman seeks treatment to increase fertility, TCM is used to diagnose the source of imbalance. This involves a physical exam, careful consideration of her health history, and asking questions about diet and lifestyle. As a doctor of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Tran-Olive may also order lab tests to assess hormonal levels. Once the body’s root imbalances are identified, a course of treatment, which may include abdominal massage, to restore balance and promote optimal reproductive health will be tailored to the patient.
The treatment will influence:
- A reduction in stresses that interfere with ovulation
- Normalization of the hormones that regulate ovulation
- Regulation of the menses
- Increased blood flow to the uterus, increasing chances of the fertilized egg implanting
- An overall feeling of good health.
When a man’s body is out of balance, it can lead to sexual dysfunction, low sperm count, and low motility. Stress can interfere with sex drive and testosterone levels. TCM works to restore the balance and promote healthy sexual function.
When couples are having trouble conceiving or staying pregnant and are considering assisted reproductive technology (IVF, IUI, etc.), acupuncture is recommended before they seek expensive assisted reproductive therapies. It may not be necessary.
If you are already receiving In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), acupuncture treatment is recommended immediately before and immediately after IVF or IUI. Research has shown acupuncture to increase the number of resulting pregnancies by as much as 65%.