Fertility, Pregnancy & Women’s Health

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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help to promote inner well-being, prevents disharmony and supports women throughout the phases of life.  Including the following:

  • Regulating Women’s Menstrual Cycles because of :Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Premenstrual Tension
  • Fertility with Acupuncture and Herbs
  • IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Support, increasing the chance of success by 40%-60%.
  • ICE (Intercervical Insemination) Support and IUI (Interuterine Insemination) Support
  • Morning Sickness
  • Delayed Labor or Breech Presentation
  • Postpartum Health
  • Peri-Menopause/Menopause/Post-Menopause Sign and Symptoms

Regulating the Menstrual Cycle: Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help to regulate menstrual cycles and/or decrease or stop pre-menstrual pain and mood changes.  It can also help with pain, discomfort and headaches during the menstrual cycle.  In Chinese medicine your menstrual cycle is broken up into 4 stages.  Each week is a new stage, by using Acupuncture and Chinese herbs together Sita helps to regulate these stages helping you to have a regular, less painful and more comfortable period.

Fertility:Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is great at optimizing the bodies ability to become pregnant.  As mentioned above Sita uses Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help regulate a women’s cycle which is very important when one wants to become pregnant. Using these same techniques Sita can help with ovulation, cervical lining thickness and hormone regulation to help with fertility.  In addition to Acupuncture and Chinese herbs Sita will also give you helpful nutritional information to help increase your likely hood of conceiving. Using acupuncture to help increase fertility is recognized by the American Pregnancy Association, click here to learn more.

Invitro Fertilization, ICI or IUI: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs also work as a wonderful addition to IVF, ICI or IUI treatments.  Through having regular Acupuncture leading up to your IVF transfer and by having Acupuncture on the day of an IVF transfer one can increase their chances of becoming pregnant through IVF by 40% –  60%. Similarly Acupuncture can help increase the chances for women using the ICI or IUI processes to conceive.

You can also look at some fertility research links below:

There has been great research done to show the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the areas listed below – by: Debra Betts:

  • How acupuncture can help to regulate hormones directly involved with implantation and follicle development
  • How acupuncture can increase pregnancy rates when used prior and post Invitro Embryo Transfers
  • The ability of acupuncture to increase blood supply to the uterus and ovaries
  • The ability of acupuncture to decrease the presence of abnormal sperm and increase sperm motility.

For abstracts and details about this research click here (from Debra Betts): http://www.acupunctureivf.com.au/pages/research_and_reviews.php

Morning Sickness:  Once pregnant Acupuncture can be a great help to decrease morning sickness and give you energy through your first trimester.  Acupuncture is a wonderful drug free option of support during this time.

Delayed Labor and Breech position:  Sita often has her patients come in for regular weekly treatments starting at 36 weeks to help with cervical ripening and prepping the body to give birth.  This can decrease ones chances from delayed labor and if a breech position does happen Acupuncture can help to turn the baby.  Are you already past 36 weeks?  Not a problem, Sita is happy to work with you where ever you are in your pregnancy.

Postpartum Health:  Postpartum health is very important and often not given as much attention as your health while you are pregnant.  Use of Acupuncture and Herbs after labor can be very helpful for a quicker recovery for the mother including more energy and recovery from labor.

Peri-Menopause/Menopause/Post-Menopause: In Chinese Medicine this time of a women’s life is called her second spring, a time to have a new freedom on life.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help with a women’s transition into her second spring by decreasing or stopping hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and mood swings to name a only a few of the signs and symptoms of menopause that it can help with.

To learn more about how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help please feel free to call 503.308.9363 to speak with Acupuncturist Sita Symonette or email her at blackpearlacupuncture@gmail.com.