Infertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Are you one of the many couples struggling with infertility?
Are you unsure what your next step should be?
Infertility rates have increased dramatically in the last decade with one in six North American couples experiencing troubles conceiving. This is an extremely difficult time for most couples, a roller coaster of emotions, frustration, anger, sadness and regret. Traditional Chinese medicine has been treating infertility for over 2000 years and has recently been gaining acceptance in the west as a valuable method of restoring reproductive health. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that all aspects of your life, emotional, physical and spiritual have an impact on fertility. Traditional Chinese medicine provides gentle yet effective, natural safe and cost effective treatment for infertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can improve your reproductive health in several ways
Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to naturally prepare the body for conception and a healthy full term baby. Traditional Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, herbal medicine; diet and lifestyle suggestions which seek to balance the body and restore reproductive health naturally in both males and females. Traditional Chinese medicine can be used alone or combined with western fertility treatments.
Traditional Chinese medicine focuses not only on reproductive health but also the general health of the individual. This includes energy levels, sleep patterns, digestion, elimination, stress levels and emotions. By improving the whole system (body) a healthy environment is created which optimizes the egg and sperm quality as well creating a good environment for implantation and maintaining a full term pregnancy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Helps With
An initial visit is approximately 90 minutes with a complete intake performed, medical records and tests evaluated. If you have been keeping bbt charts please bring these to your appointment. A Traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis will be made and a treatment plan implemented. A personalized herbal formula will often be prescribed and lifestyle and dietary suggestions given to enhance the acupuncture treatments.
Course of Treatment
* Every treatment plan will be customized depending on the individual diagnosis and the patients needs.
PreconceptionAcupuncture treatments once per week. It is recommended that Chinese medicine treatments begin at least three months prior to conception in order to prepare the body for pregnancy and optimize the health of the eggs and sperm. The health of the parents at the time of conception has an effect on the health of the baby. It is important to allow time to regulate the menstrual cycle and optimize egg and sperm quality (70-100 days).
During Assisted Reproductive TechniquesIt is advisable to begin treatment 2-3 months before an IVF or medicated cycle so that the positive effects of acupuncture, herbal medicine, lifestyle and dietary changes are able to create a healthier environment for conception to occur and a healthy pregnancy and birth.
During drug suppression1-2 treatments a week are recommended to help relieve stress and prepare the body.
During drug stimulation2 treatments a week are recommended to improve endometrial lining, assist with ovarian response to drugs and relieve stress.
Transfer DayA treatment before and after embryo transfer is recommended to reduce uterine contractions and relieve stress.
Implantation to pregnancy testAt least one treatment is recommended to secure the fetus and help with implantation.
Positive pregnancy test
Acupuncture treatments once weekly for 12 weeks to secure the health of the baby and decrease chances of miscarriage.
Please call 250-334-3630 to determine how Traditional Chinese medicine can help increase your reproductive health.
Other traditional Chinese medicince practitioners with a special focus in infertility:
Lorne Brown - Acubalance
Reproductive Wellness Center, Vancouver