Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture benefits fertility by mitigating the effects of stress on the body, balancing hormones, and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. By increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, acupuncture enhances the quality of maturing eggs, nourishes the uterine lining to create a supportive base for implantation, promotes ovulation, and secures the embryo during its early development.
Stress puts us in a constant fight-or-flight state which is not conducive to conception from an evolutionary standpoint. Acupuncture calms down the nervous system and regulates the HPO (hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian) axis and the hormones secreted by these organs that control natural menstrual cycles.
Acupuncture’s success in supporting fertility lies in its approach to treat each person as a whole, realizing that the state of your body, mind, and spirit all contribute to your ability to create and nourish a new life.
Acupuncture has been used to support fertility for centuries and its effectiveness is being proven in modern clinical studies around the world.
Supporting Women Through Their Fertility Journey
We support women through their fertility journey by:
- Harmonizing the body and mind through stress management
- Fostering an optimal environment for baby – both emotionally and physically
- Regulating menstrual cycles
- Optimizing hormonal balance
- Working with women going through IVF/IUI:
- Reducing stress
- Alleviating possible side effects of hormonal treatments
- Positively influencing IVF and IUI success rate with acupuncture treatments before and after procedures
Symptoms and Causes
Preparing for a baby is an exciting but often stressful time. There are so many stressors and expectations to contend with and it is easy to feel discouraged when things are not happening as fast as you wished. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are ways to actively do something that positively affects your health and fertility.
- Inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy after trying for 12 months or more
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Irregular or anovulation
- Hormonal imbalances
- Low sperm count, quality, or motility
- Stress, anxiety, depression
- Menstrual cycle irregularity
- Endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, PCOS, and other female/male reproductive system issues
- Diet— lack of proper nutrition or overconsumption of certain types of food
- Overwork or underwork – both physical and mental
- Type, intensity, and frequency of exercise that is not suited for your current life phase
- No proper balance between rest and activity
- Exposure to endocrine disruptors
- Food sources / chemicals
Our Approach to Fertility and Reproductive Health IssuesFrom the perspective of Chinese Medicine, a baby is the result of the energetic contribution of both parents at the time of conception. The mother’s jing (genetic material), qi (health and vitality), and shen (emotional, mental, and spiritual energy) mix with those of the father and together they create the foundation for the incoming spirit. Acupuncture can help you foster these three aspects as you are preparing to welcome a new life.
During your first patient visit your acupuncturist conducts a thorough evaluation of your case based on reviewing your relevant health history and presenting signs and symptoms. Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis involves pulse and tongue diagnosis, and palpation of the abdomen. After this evaluation your practitioner determines a treatment plan that will optimize your fertility and reproductive health.
Often we recommend a series of weekly treatments for at least three menstrual cycles (months) to work with your body and correct imbalances over time. Herbal medicine and lifestyle recommendations are common parts of the treatment plan.
In our experience after working with people for a 3+ month time period, they report a significant decrease in symptoms that may have a negative impact on fertility and reproductive health. We have assisted many patients who conceived either naturally or using assisted reproductive technology (ART).
How Does It Work?
If you are curious about various natural treatment options to enhance your fertility, see the methods we offer.
How does acupuncture help fertility? Acupuncture is known to regulate the HPA axis, which regulates reproductive hormone balance. It balances the nervous system to reduce fight/flight response endocrine disruption. It harmonizes the body so that it can be in a more receptive state to welcome and nourish a new life.
Herbal medicine works with your body to balance the flow of qi (energy) in the body. There are many traditional herbal formulas that were designed to support both female and male reproductive health. These formula support regular menstrual cycles, ovulation, help to build a healthy uterine lining for implantation, and support sperm quality and motility.
Shiatsu is a gentle form of bodywork that facilitates deep relaxation, calms the nervous system, and increases smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body’s meridian systems. Shiatsu sessions can help you get more in tune with your body energetically and feel more connected and grounded.
Holistic Health Counseling
Holistic Health Counseling allows extended time to go into greater depth on the connection between symptoms and lifestyle – this can help pinpoint crucial lifestyle changes needed to resolve any difficulties you are facing regarding conception and reproductive health.
The Advantage of Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to Support You on Your Fertility Journey
The holistic nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) allows us to get to the root cause of your condition. We work gently with your body to re-establish a more harmonious state in order to resolve symptoms as opposed to masking them. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used for centuries in the treatment of fertility and reproductive health with great efficacy, safety, and virtually no side effects. They can be great allies to you either on their own, or as a complement to western therapies.
Treatments We Use to Help with Fertility and Reproductive Health
We’re here to help you bring your body into better balance, and enhance your fertility and reproductive health. Give us a call at (202) 297-7404, schedule an appointment online or contact us if you have any questions.
Practitioners Who Work with Fertility and Reproductive Health Issues
Marianna works with all fertility and reproductive health clients. Jamee works with fertility and reproductive health issues with people in the LGBTQIA community.
Verify Your Insurance Benefits
We are out-of-network providers with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Cigna, Aetna, and United. Many plans have good out-of-network acupuncture coverage. To find out if your plan includes out-of-network coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at (202) 297-7404. Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 2 business days.
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