FERTILITY AND PRECONCEPTION CAREAcupuncture has been proven as a natural and effective in assisting women and men with their fertility. In women, research has shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, regulates hormones, increases blood flow throughout the body and reduces stress. This allows the body to decrease cortisol levels and improve the endometrial lining and egg quality. In men, scientific studies have shown acupuncture can increase sperm count and motility. For those undergoing Western fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF, acupuncture and Chinese herbs help increase the chances of success.
We specialize in reproductive medicine from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint. Looking at the body as a whole, treatment of male and female fertility encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary supplements, nutrition, and lifestyle recommendations. Using acupuncture & herbs alone or coupled with conventional medicine's fertility treatments, our methods have been successful for many women and couples to achieve pregnancy.
To optimize the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby, one should prepare her body for 3-6 months. A woman's body begins to recruit the eggs about 120 days before they are released, and it takes about 90 days for sperm to renew. This is a window of opportunity allows one to nourish her body to improve egg quality, and strengthen the uterus and ovaries by increasing blood flow, as well as enhance sperm count, motility, and morphology.
As we age, blood flow decreases in our bodies and science has verified that the circulation to the reproductive organs diminishes. Given that blood provides oxygen and nutrients in the body, it is easy to realize why lack of blood flow to these organs can result in poor egg and sperm quality. Acupuncture and herbal medicine restores the environment in which eggs and sperm develop and mature by increasing circulation in the body. Studies have shown that women and men receiving acupuncture along with Chinese herbal medicine, appropriate nutrients, adequate exercise, and stress reduction techniques, improve their chances for developing healthier eggs and sperm.
It is important to remember that healing and strengthening our bodies takes time. Acupuncture treatments and lifestyle changes during the preconception time are very important, whether you are trying to become pregnant naturally or through IUI/IVF procedures.