Women’s Health & Infertility

Recently, acupuncture has been used by western clinics and hospitals to successfully treat many disorders, including the route causes of infertility.

At Japan Acupuncture shiatsu clinic & Complementary Medicine, is dedicated to treating all conditions that affect reproductive health and infertility in her male and females patients. Traditional japanese Medicine and Functional Medicine are used to identify and treat reproductive concerns and enhance fertility if that is a factor for you.

 

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine therapies in treating reproductive health and enhancing fertility whether you are trying to conceive naturally or are seeking other assisted reproductive treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). we will work closely with you and your fertility specialist to tailor your treatment to your unique situation.

 

 

My Approach

 

I  have got extensive experience working with gynecological conditions and infertility. I uses a variety of modalities to detect and treat the underlying conditions affecting your reproductive health including:

Our patients include people with:

  • high FSH

  • age related infertility

  • history of Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections leading to infertility

  • damaged ovaries

  • blocked fallopian tubes

  • hypothyroidism and other hormonal disorders

  • endometriosis (a condition where cells from womb lining are found outside the womb)

  • polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • scarring in the uterus

  • fibroids (benign smooth-muscle tumours of the uterus)

  • congenital diseases like cystic fibrosis

  • people who have had recurrent miscarriages

  • unexplained infertility

  • infertility caused by medical intervention (such as cancer treatments)

  • luteal phase defect

  • recurrent pregnancy loss

  • Stress induced or exacerbated infertility

  • other many varied reasons in both women and men

Benefits of Acupuncture for the IVF or IUI Patient Include:

  • Relaxing the patient, decreasing stress, and taking individual time with patients

  • Regulating hormonal imbalances resulting in a larger number of follicles

  • Strengthening the immune system

  • Lessening the side effects of drugs used in IVF or other western reproductive procedures and techniques

  • Improving the function of the ovaries to help produce better quality eggs

  • Increasing blood flow to the uterus and increasing the thickness of the uterine lining

  • Preventing the uterus from contracting

  • Improving semen and sperm to create a better quality and quantity of embryos

  • Decreasing the chances of miscarriage

  • Generally helping to minimize the side-effects associated with ART

How many sessions do i need?

As each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the type of condition being treated, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the over health of the individual. On average, fertility patients require about three months of consistent treatment and monitoring, however there is a big range and variation in patient's medical needs.

If you are planning to undergo IVF or other assisted reproductive procedures and wish to have acupuncture around the day of transfer, this can be arranged. The practitioners and doctors at Total Wellness Centre recommend all patients receive regular acupuncture as far in advance of egg retrieval and transfer as possible. This helps to prepare the body to be in optimal condition for the procedure. Again, you should discuss your treatment program with your acupuncturist. As a rule, we recommend weekly treatment through gestational week 6 ~8

How Is Progress Determined?

 

Improvements in the hormone ranges or sperm quantity and quality would best indicate progress. Otherwise, we use the basal metabolic rate charts to provide objective information about the probabilities of pregnancy increasing and to observe if the hormonal imbalances are improving.  Because of the known link between stress and infertility, decreased stress, which is commonly experienced by patients when they are receiving regular acupuncture treatment is another treatment goal. Decrease in side effects from taking fertility drugs is another commonly reported indication of progress. Again, because of the link between stress and infertility, decreased symptoms of irritability and mood swings, commonly experienced while taking fertility medication, are an indication of progress.

Who Is A Good Candidate And Who Is Not For Acupuncture?


Those who have structural infertility caused by tubal blockage and those with premature ovarian failure are unlikely to do well with acupuncture alone and may consider using acupuncture only as an adjunct to ART.  Those men with low sperm counts who have a shortage of time (acupuncture and traditional japanese treatment may take two to twelve months, if successful) will also need to consider ART as the primary treatment modality. Good candidates for acupuncture for infertility include:
Couples who are having difficulty conceiving but are not ready for ART. Some will conceive using acupuncture and others will move on to ART.Women who have done IVF and are taking a break and preparing for another cycle  and are seeking acupuncture to improve their probabilities.
Women who have done 3 to 5 cycles of IVF without success and women who have been advised not to undergo IVF by their doctor.
Couples for prefer natural medicine or have concerns about ART and are young enough to undergo the longer preparation period usually required for acupuncture.

Is There Anything Patients Can Do Regarding Diet, Stress And Environmental Influences?

Dietary changes have been used traditionally and currently depending on what hormonal imbalance or underlying condition may be contributing to infertility. We have access to  information regarding nutritional influences on infertility. There is some research published in reputable medical journals regarding the influence of nutritional factors on infertility, some pertaining to particular underlying conditions. There is another body of information on the negative effect of certain chemicals on fertility. There is also information on how high protein and “good” fat diets may help create needed hormonal precursors. Individualized nutritional recommendations may be made.Because of the known connection between stress and infertility, we may teach or recommend methods of stress reduction to those who want to learn them. Traditional Asian medicine has used simple breathing and or movement techniques referred to as Qi Gong that may reduce stress.