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Acupuncture and herbal medicine (TCM—Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a great first step in dealing with infertility. It can gently reestablish body functions to facilitate conception, a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Often acupuncture and herbal medicine can eliminate the need for Assisted Reproductive Therapies (ART) like IUI and IVF. However in some cases ART is required and research has shown that acupuncture can significantly increase the success rate.

Clinical experience and research shows that TCM can

Increase fertility in women by:

  1. Establishing a regular menstrual cycle
  2. Rebalancing hormonal functions , decreasing elevated levels of FSH and encouraging ovulation
  3. Increasing endometrial lining
  4. Increasing and regulating beneficial cervical fluid
  5. Unblocking fallopian tubes
  6. Decreasing stress levels
  7. Strengthening the immune system
  8. Increasing the libido
Increase fertility in men by:
  1. Improving sperm motility
  2. Improving semen volume
  3. Improve sperm quality (morphology)
  4. Decreasing stress
  5. Increasing the libido

During the initial consultation we will review your overall health history and your western diagnosis (if you have one). We will discuss how to observe and chart your body's fertility signs and I will review any other available information.

Based on the intake information, I will establish a TCM diagnosis and present you with various treatment options. I normally recommend trying acupuncture and herbal medicine before attempting ART. Hopefully, you will be able to achieve pregnancy naturally-- with just the help of acupuncture and herbs. However, if you then decide to take the additional steps of IUI or IVF, then acupuncture will help your body be better prepared, and your chances of success will be increased. Keep in mind that every person is different-- in some cases immediate combined acupuncture and ART might make more sense. I will discuss your various options and help you decide on the best plan of action.

In general, TCM treatments for fertility will involve weekly acupuncture and daily consumption of a Chinese herbal formula that I will customize for you. I may also ask you to chart your menstrual cycle and suggest some lifestyle and diet modifications.

Please bring any test results and menstrual cycle charting to your initial consultation.