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Infertility

To maximize the potential for pregnancy and the reduction of complications, imbalances in the body must be addressed prior to conception.  Applying TCM principles can assist in the preparation of both men and women for assisted reproductive techniques.  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been shown to enhance Western-based reproductive procedures in the following areas:  Produce higher quality eggs; produce a larger number of follicles; increase thickness of the uterine lining; regulate hormone levels; reduce the side-effects of IVF medications; Prevent uterine contraction; Improve sperm count; motility and porphology; Relax and mitigate stress; and Decrease miscarriage rates.

Clinical studies have also demonstrated higher success rates when using acupuncture and herbs in conjunction with IVF and other assisted reproductive techniques.  According to a German study(Paulus and Zhang, et1), the group that received acupuncture before and afer embryo transfer showed a 42.5% pregnancy rate, while the in-vitro group without treatment had a 26.3% pregnancy rate.  A second study using the same protocol achieved similar findings but also demonstrated lower incidence of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy (American Society for Reproductive Medicine, October, 2004).

Patient often begin treatment sessions 1-2 times per week for at least 3 months prior to their assisted reproductive procedures.  These sessions often incorporate one or more of the following techniques:  Acupuncture, Ayurvedic Medicine, Oriental Medicine and Intentional Vibration Modalities.

The following ailments often contribute to reproductive challenges and are treated effectively with the techniques utilized at the facility:  Endrometriosis; Unexplained Infertility; Luteal Phase Defect; Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS); Anovulation; Fibroids; Hormonal Imbalances; and Recurrent Miscarriages.

Acupuncture and intentional vibration is effective in addressing common pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, pelvic girdle pain, low back pain/sciatica, breech presentation and labor induction.  Acupuncture can also ease labor pain, help contractions to become more regular and calm the mind.  Post childbirth, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can ease depression, perineal pain, mastitis, insomnia, and other problems commonly associated with the postpartum period.