Fertility Support

How can we support you on your fertility Journey?

 

Preconception Care

Fertility and Reproductive Support

For women who are trying to conceive, acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a natural and holistic approach to support fertility. These modalities can enhance reproductive health by improving blood circulation to the reproductive organs, regulating the menstrual cycle, and reducing stress levels. Kristie has extensive experience in natural fertility and IVF support and provides personalised care for you and your partner to optimise your chances of conception.

Preconception care refers to the steps that a woman and man can take to prepare for a healthy baby and pregnancy prior to conception. This involves optimising physical, emotional, and mental health in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to enhance fertility, support healthy pregnancies, and promote overall wellness.
With an effective preconception care program, women can improve their chances of getting pregnant, reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy, and improve the health of their baby. It is equally as important for the man to make positive changes to their health to enhance the quality of sperm and therefore contribute to the health of their baby.

Preconception care can include a range of activities, such as healthy eating, exercise, stress management, and getting enough sleep.

Chinese medicine has a long history of supporting women’s health and fertility. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body as a complex system that is interconnected and which should flow in constant balance. When this balance is disrupted, it can lead to health issues, including infertility. TCM practitioners use a variety of techniques to support fertility and preconception health, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations.

Acupuncture is a key component of TCM and involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture has been shown to improve fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulating hormones, and reducing stress. It can also help address underlying health issues that could affect fertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and thyroid disorders.

Herbal medicine is another important aspect of TCM and involves using natural plant-based remedies to support fertility and overall health. Herbs are selected based on the unique needs of the individual and may be used to regulate hormones, improve circulation, or support the immune system. Dietary recommendations are also important in TCM, with a focus on nourishing the body with nutrient-dense foods that support fertility and overall health.

Preconception care is a critical step in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and baby. By optimising your physical, emotional, and mental health prior to conception, you can reduce the risk of complications and support a healthy pregnancy. Kristie can help you develop a personalised preconception care plan that supports your unique needs and goals.

Natural Fertility Support

Infertility is a complex and often stressful experience that affects many couples around the world. While there are many medical treatments available, some couples prefer to explore alternative and complementary therapies, including Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine offers a wholistic approach that aims to balance the body’s energy and restore harmony, thereby improving overall health and well-being.

 

Acupuncture:
Studies have shown that acupuncture can help improve fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulating hormones, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving the quality and quantity of eggs and sperm. (1) (2)

 Herbal Medicine:
Herbal medicine can help improve fertility by regulating menstrual cycles, improving the quality of eggs and sperm, and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. (3)(4)

Dietary Therapy:
A healthy diet can help improve fertility by providing essential nutrients, balancing hormones, and reducing inflammation. You may be recommended specific foods and dietary modifications to help support natural fertility. (5)

Mind-Body Techniques:
Chinese medicine recognizes the connection between the mind and body and emphasises the importance of mental and emotional health for overall well-being. Mind-body techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga, can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and balance hormones, thereby supporting natural fertility. (6) (7)

References:
1. Manheimer, E., van der Windt, D., Cheng, K., Stafford, K., Liu, J., Tierney, J., Lao, L., Berman, B. M., & Langenberg, P. (2013). The effects of acupuncture on rates of clinical pregnancy among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Human reproduction update, 19(6), 696-713.
2. Smith, C. A., Coyle, M. E., Norman, R. J., & Moran, L. J. (2017). Acupuncture to improve live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18(1), 1-8.
3. Lee, J. R., Kim, S. H., Kim, M. R., Roh, S. W., Lee, J. H., & Lee, H. S. (2010). Herbal medicine (Danggui Shaoyao San) for treating primary dysmenorrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Maturitas, 66(1), 15-26.
4. Liu, J., Burdette, J. E., Sun, Y., Deng, S., Schleicher, P. M., Zheng, W., Nikolic, D., & Mahady, G. B. (2013). Evaluation of estrogenic activity of plant

IVF Support

Chinese medicine can offer valuable support for people who are undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and others.

Ideally we recommend you start acupuncture three months prior to starting IVF, however, if you have only just found out about the benefits of acupuncture for IVF or have already started, we can start treatment at any time. It’s never too late!

Research has shown that Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help to improve reproductive health by regulating hormones, improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving overall health and well-being. This can increase the chances of successful ART procedures and can also help to alleviate some of the side effects and complications associated with these treatments. A recent meta-analysis has shown that specifically Acupuncture, can increase the chances of conception for women undergoing IVF.

When should I have Acupuncture whilst undergoing IVF?

Stimulation Phase
Acupuncture can help to address any harsh or uncomfortable side effects from the medication in the stimulation phase, as well as reduce physical and emotional stress.

Post Egg Collection
This treatment is performed 1-2 days post egg collection. The focus of treatment is to alleviate any side effects or discomfort that may be associated with the egg retrieval procedure, treat local trauma, enhance recovery and to reduce physical and emotional
stress to prepare the body and mind for the arrival of the embryo.

Pre & Post Embryo Transfer (fresh and frozen cycles)
Research shows that having acupuncture before and after an embryo transfer can increase rates of conception. We use a specific protocol of acupuncture points, plus points tailored to your individual needs. The pre-transfer treatment, preferably performed on the morning of your transfer, focuses on reducing stress and preparing the body for implantation. The post- transfer treatment is typically performed within 24 hours after the embryo transfer.

The Two Week Wait
This is often the most challenging time of the IVF process. Acupuncture can assist with and calming the mind by reducing stress and anxiety.

I am a Man, how can acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture can help increase sperm motility and morphology. It takes around 3 months for sperm cells to fully mature, therefore it is ideal to begin regular acupuncture treatments 3 months before trying to conceive.

… and in case you were wondering, the acupuncture points used to help improve sperm are located on arms, abdomen or back and legs.

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