At Natural healing we specialise in women’s health and treat infertility with acupuncture and herbal medicine. We then support you during your pregnancy and prepare you for labour. After you have delivered your baby we can assist with post pregnancy treatments as well as treat your infants as young as one month old in order to build their immunity and protect their sensitive digestive system.
Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system resulting in the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. Over 80% of all infertility couples can be helped
with proper treatment. 35% of infertility cases are due to the female and 35% of infertility cases are due to male problems. It is essential that the male and female are both evaluated when infertility is presented.
Benefits of Acupuncture for infertility
Acupuncture for Infertility can be used as its own treatment or can complement a medical treatment. Many research studies have been conducted on acupuncture for infertility and have shown to have positive results. Benefits of Acupunture for fertility include:
Regulating the menstrual cycle
Balancing the hormones and endocrine systems
Decreasing the chance of miscarriage
Increase blood flow in the uterus, leading to an improved endometrial lining
Reduction of stress and anxiety associated with infertility
Increase the chances of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Possible improvement in ovulation for women with PCOS
Possible regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn could help regulate ovulation
Improve sperm count and motility for men
Minimal side effects compared to fertility drugs
At Natural Healing our treatment protocols aim to increase the chances of successfully conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy, with a combination of improving overall physical and emotional health, as well as regulating the menstrual cycle. The treatments work with the phases of your menstrual cycle or IVF cycle. We will also assist you to accurately track your ovulation time, which is the most important phase of your cycle.
Fertility Acupuncture and Fertility drugs
Fertility drugs commonly prescribed for women can produce a 20 to 60 percent pregnancy rate however they include common side effects such as; abdominal tenderness, bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, and nausea. Infertility drugs don’t perform nearly as well for men (success rates are about a third of those for women). Herbal formulas can be prescribed for impotence (if impotence is a factor) which have minimal side effects and have reported success rates when combined with male infertility treatments.
Acupuncture infertility treatment, by contrast, produces few or no side effects while performing the same function as the drugs do: stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones. Acupuncture aims to treat the underlying issue leading to infertility.
Acupuncture with in vitro fertilization ( IVF)
At Natural Healing we have treatment protocols specialized for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), ICSI or IUI to improve pregnancy rates and increase responsiveness to fertility medication. This is done by relaxing and calming the patient during treatment, improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, and reducing the side effects of drugs.
There are 4 basic steps during IVF;
Preparation for Treatment
Induction of ovulation
Acupuncture can be administered during these steps to increase chances of pregnancy. Research indicates a 50% success rate when acupuncture is administered at the time of the embryo transfer.
Stress and Infertility
Stress is a key factor of infertility for both men and women. Stress can alter the brains neurochemical balance thus changing hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance which is important for reproduction. Stress can negatively affect ovulation in women and contribute to the cause of female infertility. In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatments counters the effects of stress by releasing endorphins ‘happy hormones’ in the brain. An herbal formula can also be administered to assist with the reduction of stress for both male and females.
Support during pregnancy
Treatments are continued during pregnancy to assist
with prevention of miscarriage and treating morning
sickness during the first three months. During the last
trimester we prepare you for labour by softening your
cervix to achieve delivery close to your due date. These
treatments can also assist with shortening labour time.
How often should I have treatments?
For optimum results, treatments can be done weekly
or fortnightly at minimum. For Natural conception we
advise treatments to be done for a minimum period of 3 menstrual cycles.Acupuncture treatments may vary for each individual depending on their health condition, age, failed IVF cycles, hormonal imbalances etc.