Chinese medicine for fertility aims to diagnose, rebalance and improve your health in order for you to achieve a strong, healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture is endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has been used for hundreds of years in China.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long-standing history of improving fertility in a natural, functional and non-invasive manner. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can regulate your hormones to increase follicular count. They can increase blood flow to the uterus to thicken the endometrium and increase the likelihood of implantation. Acupuncture is excellent to reduce the side effects of IVF drugs such as feeling very hot and sweaty, dry, red rashes and moodiness. It is very effective at reducing inflammation, boosting immunity and detoxing the body. Acupuncture brings qi (energy) and blood to your uterus and ovaries, to improve their function and better nourish your eggs and lining. Following pregnancy, it decreases the chances of miscarriage by keeping the mother relaxed, balancing circulation and supporting progesterone levels. Above all, it is ideal to keep you calm and relaxed, so your body can naturally do what it needs to.
Depending on where you are at in your fertility journey, Ilana can support you with the guidance of coaching, lifestyle advice, dietary therapy and optimal mindset to help you become pregnant. You will find with this treatment that particular signs and symptoms will abate with time such as pre-menstraul tension (PMT), period pain, swollen breasts, dark and clotty menstrual blood becoming more fresh and red, less headaches, better energy, increased libido, more regular cycles and ovulation. Many women notice an increase in fertile mucus which is paramount for successful conception.
Frequency of treatment is usually once a week or fortnight. Most importantly you must keep your treatment regular. As acupuncture and Chinese herbs are critical to fertility, Ilana often sees patients fortnightly for acupuncture with a two-week herb prescription. Treatment around the period and ovulation work well. Chinese herbs are very important for fertility, many women are physically burnt out and running low on reserves for many reasons such as living in a busy, polluted city such as Melbourne getting older, and a history of working high level jobs with little rest. She can also refer and recommend Fertility Specialists appropriate should you need a good referral. Acupuncture works well to support IVF, ideally weekly throughout the cycle and before and after transfer.
Please bring any medical reports or blood tests that will aid an accurate diagnosis such as ultrasounds, blood tests and x-rays.
Ilana is experienced in treating many other conditions beyond fertility such as pregnancy support, musculoskeletal, immunity, pain, digestion, mens’, womens’ and childrens’ health. Please contact Ilana if you would like to find out more.
I have already started my IVF Cycle, is it too late to start?
No, you can start Acupuncture support at any time. The best time to start your treatment is 3 months before you commence your cycle.
It is my first attempt at IVF, can I still have acupuncture?
Absolutely. Acupuncture can reduce the signs and symptoms of IVF medications, along with increase follicular and egg count, reduce bloating and pain and increase the chance of implantation occurring.
My husband has poor sperm, would acupuncture improve his sperm?
Yes, many studies have shown this. Ideally he would start 3 to 4 months before the IVF cycle or trying to conceive. Once pregnant, he should continue treatment until clearing the first trimester scan.
How many treatments will I need? There are many variables, depending on your previous history and health condition. If you have a history of infertility, I suggest weekly for 3 months prior to your IVF Cycle. Each individual varies, please ask if you are unsure. Most importantly, keep your acupuncture sessions regular for it to work.
Is diet important? Yes, think of your baby as a seed. If you plant it in nutritious soil, and it has all the right conditions to grow, and has come from healthy parents, it will grow well and you are giving it the best chance and start to life.
What about weight loss? I prefer my patients who want to lose weight to focus on being healthy by drinking water and herbal tea, enjoying a nutritious and varied wholesome diet, exercise regularly and to be good to themselves. They seem to fall pregnant more easily when they do this and continue to stay healthy throughout, and not gain weight! Start your treatment three months prior to starting trying to conceive.
Can you help reduce high FSH levels?
Yes, for women who have high FSH, I can support you to rebalance your hormone levels.
Why do I need to take Chinese herbs?
Herbs nourish your body, eggs and sperm, and most people want to get pregnant sooner than later. I recommend you take herbs to increase your fertility naturally and sooner.
What do the herbs taste like?
Interestingly, sometimes okay, sometimes not so palatable! Most patients say that after a few times they become accustomed to the taste, some of them even like it because they can feel the physiological benefits of taking the herbs.
Herbs: the bitter the better
I am pregnant! How often should I have acupuncture?
Congratulations, that is wonderful news! The frequency of treatment depends on your history and presentation. For women who have a history of miscarriage, weekly acupuncture is recommended with herbal support. Women who have had previously healthy pregnancies may only need acupuncture fortnightly for wellbeing, sickness prevention and relaxation.Reasons for which to continue your acupuncture include:
• Acupuncture can reduce the risk of miscarriage
• Acupuncture can abate morning sickness, without taking drugs
• Acupuncture can help with general health complaints in pregnancy such as back & pelvis pain, fatigue, swelling to stress…
• In the last trimester, acupuncture prepares you for a natural labour, can turn breech babies and can support spontaneous labour for overdue babies.
What are the next steps?
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@Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Auckland, New Zealand 2018