Acupuncture and Fertility
Fertility is related to a key part of our ability to create in general. Feeling ‘fertile’ can mean having the resources in life to expand, grow, reach out, give and receive. Consider pregnancy to be like an extra-curricular activity in the body; if the resources aren’t there our body will conserve energy, and may resist supplying things that it doesn’t feel it has the energy for. At Urban Wellness we focus on rebuilding a woman’s vitality, so she is nourished enough to be ready and receptive to nourish another. We bring back the natural inherent strength; the allowing, relaxing, powerful part of the feminine that is in us all. This applies to women who are seeking to become pregnant.
According to a study in the British Medical Journal, as many as 1 in 3 women in the next decade could face fertility issues. Luckily, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a powerful ally when it comes to fertility. For centuries it was used by women who needed to produce and heir (think emperor’s wife). Not doing so could mean serious consequences for both the woman and physician.
The result is a unique and powerful medicine that assists in all facets of Reproductive Health; from conception, pregnancy, birth and post birth. Happy and healthy mothers and babies was, and still is, the goal and result.
Over half our practice is helping women conceive, and we have the cute baby photos (yeah!) to prove it.
Just a few ways Acupuncture helps fertility:
Increasing blood flow to the uterus and pelvic region
Even out hormones and regulates the cycle
Increase quality and viability of egg
Improves endometrial receptivity
Assists implantation and successful pregnancy
Acupuncture has also shown to significantly benefit women with PCOS trying to conceive.
For women undergoing IVF/IUI there are additional benefits:
improves the viability and number of mature eggs on retrieval
increases implantation rate success and viable pregnancy.
Helps manage medication and procedure side effects.
Manages stress both physical and emotional.
We recommend anyone actively trying to conceive or even thinking of getting pregnant to get regular acupuncture (once a week if possible) for a minimum of 3 months whether trying naturally or using IVF/IUI. It takes approximately 120 days for an egg to mature before its released so prepping the body and quality of eggs beforehand is vital.
When thinking of pregnancy, consider the body like a garden, not a car. We may imagine it just means getting A connected to B, its actually an immense dance of energy. Tending to the soil, so to speak by, caring for yourself goes a long way to making the process as joyful and positive as its intended to be.
We’ve done literally thousands of fertility treatments, and while we love the research backing us up (see below), we still are in awe of the Magic that it involves. Yes, MAGIC.
A regular and pain free period (yes, pain free!) is a vital to fertility in Chinese medicine. Balancing our cycle can in many ways can also balance so much more, including our emotional life. (PMS anyone? After acupuncture your partner/family will thank us. :-) Pain, bloating, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, all can be addressed with acupuncture
PREGNANCY AND BEYOND
We recommend women continue acupuncture throughout pregnancy to manage symptoms such as:
digestive disorders — reflux and GERD
hemorrhoids, constipation, etc.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatments for these symptoms and can reduce or eliminate the use of medication which may not be desired.
NEW MOM HEALTH
So much focus can go into conceiving pregnancy that many women aren’t ready for what happens after the baby actually arrives. Many times a woman’s resources are depleted in pregnancy or in giving birth and never truly get a chance to recover. We at Urban Wellness concentrate on Post-Birth Health and Rejuvenation – Rebuilding the body’s resources beyond just getting the body back in shape, but helping with some of the pregnancy symptoms that may continue after birth, such as;
Breast soreness/ milk flow
Healing from episiotomy or Caesarian
Sleep Issues- Adjusting to a new routine and helping to nourish deep and restful sleep. P.S. Great for new dads, too!
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31335705 Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART): A systematic review and meta-analysis.
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30866920 Acupuncture in improving endometrial receptivity: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
3. http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1274-acupuncture-regulates-sex-hormones-in-pcos Acupuncture Assists PCOS:
6. https://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Acupuncture+and+Reproductive+Health? Acupuncture and Reproductive Health