Acupuncture & Fertility

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Many couples are facing challenges with fertility and in this modern time, health issues affecting hormones are on the rise. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) suggests infertility occurs from specific breakdowns in bodily function. These are disrupted vital balance, blockages in the Qi energy, and blood circulation flow. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine puts emphasis on quality vs quantity. There are multiple different patterns that can show up in one’s cycle to signify an imbalance. In TCM, two people considered “individual” receive a specific diagnosis with the same Western diagnosis. They do not always share the same TCM pattern and will be treated individually.

 

Positive Effects of Acupuncture & ART for Fertility

 

Many Acupuncture and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) trials and studies showed benefits for women and men. It can be successful in restoring fertility in patients by improving 4 bodily functions. These are sperm quality, ovary function, endocrine system, and hormone balancing. One published study demonstrated that women who underwent Acupuncture treatments with IVF had a 42.5% increase in pregnancy compared to 26.3% of control subjects who didn’t receive acupuncture. Another well-established study revealed acupuncture enhanced blood flow to the uterus, improving the uterine pulsatility index, and receptivity for implantation.

 

The Naturopathic Doctor Approach to Fertility

 

In Chinese medicine, the uterus represents the whole female reproductive system. We can strengthen and support fertility with acupuncture through nourishing and protecting the uterus. Acupuncture can also be used to balance systems that may be in dysfunction. It does this by gently encouraging the body to shift at the root of what may be causing infertility. 

 

Dr. Ayla Lester, Naturopathic Doctor at Linden & Arc Vitality Institute offers Acupuncture amongst many other services.

 

Supporting fertility, Dr. Ayla Lester uses a therapeutic approach to treatment. This treatment is safe, effective, and begins with the least invasive therapies to meet your body where it is at.

 

Steps in Preparation

 

1. Strengthen your foundation 

We want to make sure your body has everything that it needs to support itself and a pregnancy. I wholeheartedly believe that food is our most powerful medicine. We boost nutrition, look into any deficiencies occurring, and dive into lifestyle including sleep, exercise, and your environment.

2. Remove obstacles to cure 

I trust in the inherent wisdom of your body to heal itself. Sometimes there may be “things” getting in the way of your body being able to do that. Things like hormonal imbalances (female hormones, adrenal, and thyroid), blood sugar dysregulation, toxic exposures, and nutrient deficiencies. These need to be addressed to help restore and support this powerful healing force. This phase typically involves blood tests and other functional lab tests to help us understand where your body is at. 

3. Supplement and nourish 

This can involve targeted therapeutic oral supplementation, herbal medicine, and IV or IM vitamin therapy. These treatments replete the body and address the obstacles to cure determined in phase 2. 

4. Balance hormones 

Sometimes the body just needs a little extra help in correcting hormonal imbalances. Often, this phase is already being addressed while working through phases 1 and 3.

 

The Naturopathic Fertility Method

 

Throughout a woman’s cycle, depending on the phase, acupuncture can support the body’s natural hormonal rhythm. It balances any irregularities that may be occurring and impeding fertility. Post menses into ovulation, we replenish the blood lost with the cleansing of the uterus lining. Around ovulation, acupuncture fuels the sexual fire, warms the uterus, and boosts the body’s vitality or essence to prepare for conception. During menses, we want to make sure that there is a smooth flow of blood to nourish the uterus. This is done through moving “qi” (energy) and ensures that the body feels nurtured during it’s monthly shedding.  This helps the body to feel nurtured. 

 

If you are struggling with fertility issues, contact us for an appointment with Dr. Lester today.

 

References:

Stener-Victorin, E., Waldenstrom, U., Andersson, S.A., & Wikland, M. (1996). Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Human Reproduction, 11(6), 1314-1317. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.humrep.a019378

 

Paulus, W.E., Zhang, M., Strehler, E., El-Danasouri, I., & Sterzik, K., (2002). Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. In Vitro Fertilization, 77(4), 721-724. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-0282(01)03273-3

 

About the author:

Dr. Ayla Lester is a Naturopathic Doctor at Linden & Arc Vitality Institute. She incorporates a holistic approach and believes in the healing power of nature – your body’s ability to heal itself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually when provided the proper environment. Using your body’s intuitive roadmap, Dr. Ayla focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of imbalances to eliminate symptoms and optimize your well-being. Her goal is simple; to support you in your health, naturally. To book an appointment with Dr. Ayla, contact [email protected].