IVF, Fertility and Pregnancy Support

About Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Current research suggests acupuncture is an effective , low intensity treatment to assist women to conceive. Women report improvements in reproductive health , less pain, better mood and renewed energy.

TCM has been used successfully for many centuries in Asia to improve the ability for couples to conceive and deliver a healthy baby.

The ability to produce healthy children is considered to be a reflection of the parents own good health and virility. In TCM we understand that the body needs to have sufficient energy spare to produce the next generation. Normally when each partner is looking after themselves ,following a balanced lifestyle , sufficient exercise , nutrition and sleep they will in turn produce viable eggs and regular periods and good quality sperm. When these harmonious conditions are created , a woman will fall pregnant and hold the baby to full term. 
If this doesn’t occur after 12 months of trying then assistance is needed.

Our TCM fertility treatment has a positive impact on the endocrine and reproductive systems with the focus being on regulating the female menstrual cycle, reducing PMS symptoms of pain and bloating, improving egg quality and thickening the endometrial wall for good implantation. Additionally it may be required to optimize the male partner’s sperm quality , morphology and count. The treatment with Acupuncture combined with Chinese Herbs will relieve menstrual pain and irregularity, reduce stress and increase sexual desire for both partners.

Causes of Infertility

Generally speaking the ratio for infertility is 55% a female problem and 45% a male problem.

Structural problems in women: polycystic ovaries , fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes and endometriosis .

In men: varicocele . undescended testicles, side effects from drugs, environmental toxicology.

Age Marrying after 35 means delayed reproduction and declining fertility with increased chances of miscarriage.

Stress  It is well documented that stress hormones have a negative effect on human fertility.

Relationship issues The path to pregnancy can take its toll, Couples not in synchronicity emotionally .

Inadequate nutrition The modern diet of processed food ,calories, fats , recreational drugs , cigarettes and alcohol deplete the body of essential nutrients leading to declining egg and sperm quality.

Low Libido Over worked , over exercising or not exercising at all can lead to poor hormone production and low sexual activity.

Periods amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, painful periods, irregular cycles.

Autoimmune conditions hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism , high follicular stimulating hormone.

Post birth control pill downloading from long term pharmaceutical usage.

Sevenways treatment aims for Reproductive Health

  • To regulate and stabilise the menstrual cycle
  • To increase follicle production
  • To improve egg quality
  • To increase blood flow to uterus and thicken uterine lining
  • To improve sperm count, motility and shape
  • To relax the partners and decrease stress hormones
  • To increase libido in both partners
  • To strengthen immune systems in both partners

Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART&IVF)

Couples challenged with Infertility often turn to IVF to assist pregnancy success.

A large number of clinical trials conducted worldwide demonstrate that acupuncture treatment may increase the pregnancy outcomes of IVF. Further research indicates that acupuncture reduces stress hormones and alleviates the anxiety many women exhibit when confronted with infertility and IVF processes.

The British Medical Journal (2008) stated the odds ratio of 1:65 suggesting that acupuncture increases the odds of clinical pregnancy by up to 65% compared to control groups…..these are clinically relevant results.

Acupuncture Treatment Options

Natural Fertility support for females and males who have been trying to conceive for over six months but do not want to commence IVF. Treatment for conditions including PCOS, amenorrhea ,metrorrhagia, fibroids, endometriosis. For men typically poor sperm morphology, motility and low sperm count.

Treatment protocol includes weekly to fortnightly acupuncture and herbal formulas for a period of 12 weeks depending on the severity of the condition. It takes up to 12 weeks to produce improved endometrium, eggs and pain free menstruation. Same duration for male sperm to become viable for fertilization purposes.

ART/IVF Medical Treatment is supported with acupuncture for those doing ICSI, IUI and IVF to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries and to regulate the hormonal fluctuations that can often create stress and anxiety.. No Herbal formulas are used at this time during the medication phases. Treatment is for the length of the IVF cycle until a positive pregnancy test. The minimum period of acupuncture treatment suggested is one before and one after IVF transfer. Call us for more details.

Pregnancy Care with acupuncture for expectant mothers throughout the pregnancy when required to reduce miscarriage, morning sickness, vomiting, anxiety, reflux, carpal tunnel, neck/back ache ,pubic symphysis pain and constipation.

Positional breech birth baby presentation treatment and lessons given on how to use moxa at home to turn your baby gently and effectively in a normal pregnancy.

Best result are at 34 weeks onwards. Research suggests a 75% success rate.

Pre-Birth preparation with the use of acupuncture from week 34 to increase your chances of a natural spontaneous vaginal birth with shorter delivery time. To calm anxiety and ripen the cervix and soften the membranes. Increase energy and improve milk production for your baby.

Labour induction acupuncture at 40 weeks greatly assists women wanting a natural birth from 1 to 3 treatments over a seven day period. Labour is usually initiated 12 to 24 hours after acupuncture treatment.

Post natal care helps transition the mother and baby. Acupuncture and herbal treatment for improved lactation, pelvic floor and bladder issues, mastitis prevention , fatigue and post natal depression.