A lot of acupuncture clinics have an entire team of acupuncturists devoted to treating and assisting couples throughout the infertility process. Through specialized Seattle fertility acupuncture and herbal medicine programs, they work with couples seeking to enhance their natural fertility. They work closely with gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists in the Triangle area integrating acupuncture with medical interventions such as Clomid, IUI and IVF cycles. Aside from that, they currently provide fertility acupuncture services for women undergoing ART at fertility clinics in the Triangle area which includes acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfers.
The essence of the fertility wellness program however, is to take a closer look at the body from a holistic perspective and correct any and all imbalances that may be contributing to fertility problems. Our mission is to help restore your fertility so that you can conceive naturally or increase your success rates if doing assisted therapies. Below is a list of the common types of fertility patients we work closely with:
- PCOS & Ovulatory Dysfunction
- High FSH/ Low AMH/ “Poor Responder”
- Endometriosis & Cysts
- Male Infertility – Low motility, morphology and count
- Donors and Gestational Surrogates
- Couples who have exhausted ART options
It is some acupuncturists’ strong belief that all women and men should strive for optimal health when planning to begin a family. The reproductive system works much like a concert symphony — a masterpiece is created only if all the players are giving their best. Women may have clues that their periods are not healthy; they may have lots of PMS symptoms or pain, heavy bleeding or irregular cycles. The first goal of the fertility wellness program is to educate women on the details of their menstrual cycles — to help them interpret BBT charts, identify cervical fluid, understand how the hormones interplay and work to create an optimal fertile environment. Then we use the tools within the fertility wellness program to attain better balance. These are:
- Relaxation and stress reduction
- Diet therapy
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Lifestyle modifications to promote better health in general
- Abdominal massage
- Complimentary care for Assisted Reproductive Therapy procedures
Acupuncture offers a natural approach to treating infertility by focusing on enhancing the quality of eggs, sperm, endometrial lining and cervical fluid. Sometimes this is enough for couples to conceive on their own and it is a very important step for couples who are about to undergo the expense and physical demands of IVF. The current research points to increased pregnancy rates when couples include acupuncture as part of their infertility care and we are working hard with the doctors and fertility clinics in our area to uncover the mechanisms for the fertility benefit of specialized acupuncture treatments.