FERTILITY & PREGNANCY
Unexplained infertility is increasing rapidly for
both men and women The benefits of acupuncture in treating infertility have
proven to be significant and many couples may be helped sooner on this journey
by exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has
successfully treated infertility, gynecological, male factors, and many other
illnesses and health problems facing couples for 5,000 years.
Western medicine as we know it is just over 200
years old. TCM protocols and procedures differ from those used in Western
medicine-but their use offers hope for many for whom Western medicine is trying
to or has not yet helped.
How can TCM help?Several studies prove your chances of conception,
pregnancy and take home baby rates are increased when using acupuncture,
whether you are trying naturally or in conjunction with Intra Uterine
Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Some reports indicate a
40-60% improvement rate when used concurrently.
TCM treats holistically, balancing, nourishing
and supporting your blood and organ systems. A balanced body system is
necessary for a male to have an adequate sperm count, motility and morphology
(movement and health) and for a woman to make good follicles, good eggs,
sufficient uterine lining and to help prevent miscarriage.
Our body becomes "out of sync" with
chronic stress, overwork, poor nutrition, long term use of medications,
exposure to toxins and chemicals, smoking, alcohol use, etc. Your body is like
a "circuit board connecting with your brain". Life is busy and
stressful for most of us...so it is easy for our bodies to "shut
down" and be unbalanced. It is like some of the switches on our
"circuit board" have been turned off creating blockages causing
physical or emotional imbalances.
TCM restores balance and blood flow and opens up
our "circuit boards" so the body better functions without stress or
duress. The body and endocrine system feel safe and in better working order to
conceive, carry and deliver.
TCM allows your body to function more efficiently
and optimally and can:~
Improve and support your immune system ~ Reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and
fatigue ~ Create calmness and a more "grounded" feeling ~ Reduce
toxic affects of medications ~ Regulate the menstrual cycle ~ Help normalise
reproductive hormones ~ Promote blood blow to the uterus and ovaries ~
Improve ovarian function which includes follicle and egg quantity and quality
~ Reduce uterine contractions after IVF assisting implantation ~ Reduce
miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) ~ Assist in thickening the
uterine lining ~ Improve sperm count, motility and morphology
Acupuncture is a very gentle and relaxing method
of treatment. The needles are very thin - hairline. You may feel a tiny pinch
or nothing. It is safe with little or no side effects. In fact, our practitioners
treat children. Women can be treated all the way through pregnancy in high risk
cases, or to counter the effects of morning sickness, fatigue, headaches,
oedema, back pain, etc.
Our practitioner will go through your medical history
and discuss your signs and symptoms. We look at your tongue, check your pulse
and explain how we can best help you based on your symptoms and your fertility
goals. Nutrition, diet and lifestyle are also important part of becoming
pregnant. We will explain an appropriate treatment plan for you. TCM
practitioners work closely with fertility specialists and are an important part
of an IUI or IVF cycle.