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Chinese Medicine Fertility Treatments

The decision to start a family is an exciting part of life, and is perhaps one of the biggest life decisions there is.In Canada, approximately 1 in 6 couples trying to conceive experience infertility. Both men and women can experience the reproductive issues, hormonal imbalances, or other reasons which cause the inability to conceive a child. Infertility, however, does not mean sterility. With the help of Traditional Chinese Medicine, those dealing with infertility issues can greatly improve their chances to conceive. Does one or more of the following statements apply to your situation?

 

  • You have unsuccessfully conceived for a period of 1 year or more, or 6 months or more if you are age 35+
  • You have a history of trying to conceive unsuccessfully
  • You have a history of miscarriage
  • You are above age 35
  • You have been diagnosed with the following as a woman: endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), low ovarian reserve (low AMH, high FHS), or in males: sperm/semen problems, low libido.
  • You are looking for a natural alternative to fertility treatment
  • You have had a failed IVF treatment or IUI treatment and you would like to attempt another
  • You have a short luteal phase
  • You are looking to conceive naturally

 

Mai Pham,R.Ac., R.TCMP, is well versed in natural fertility treatments with the use of traditional acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs. Acupuncture helps to restore the energy meridians by placing a long, thin needle within these energy points. Acupuncture is not a painful treatment, as one may think when a needle is involved. In conjunction with the Acupuncture, custom Chinese Medical Herbs are prescribed to enhance treatments. When the energy systems and body functions are restored, the chances of conception are increased.

  • Blood flow is increased to the target areas of the body, specifically the reproductive organs during a fertility treatment. This results in an improvement in thickness of the endometrium, and better chances of implantation.
  • Balances hormones to a standard level for conception
  • Regulates menstruation and the female ovulation cycle
  • Reduces stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine) which may impede your chances of pregnancy
  • Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system
  • Improves the immune system for a safe, easy conception
  • Reduces the chance of miscarriage by reducing pre-labor uterine contractions

Acupuncture/herbal medicine should begin as soon as you plan on starting or expanding your family. If you have already tried IVF, medication, or another modality and have been unsuccessful, this natural alternative option may be optimal for you and your partner.

Once or twice weekly is most common, however, talk to your health care provider for your own personalized plan.

The acupuncture sensation is different for everyone depending on pain tolerance. The needles used are much smaller than the needles used to administer drugs, such as a flu-shot; therefore it may be less tender for people. Some people feel nothing at all, others may feel tingling, pulsation, have sweating, or other various sensations.

Yes, it is safe. Our TCM doctor had reached all standards and passed many R.Ac exams. Each needle is used on one person only, and disposed of after treatment. Needles are placed in areas of the body that are safe, and only when required.

No. You should speak to your physician about treatment options before making any decisions. Acupuncture may compliment other treatments, or, may not be right for you. Inform your doctor about the use of TCM treatments.
For any other questions, please contact The Lakeside Clinic.