Fertility

Fertility is something innate in each of us. Sometimes, we just struggle with finding it at the right time.
-Cassandra Nelson

Most of my patients come to me with a diagnosis of “infertility” often without cause (idiopathic). The first thing I want to convey is a mind shift from focusing on what is missing or what isn’t working right – i.e. “infertility,” to a positive focus on what is naturally already existing – our “fertility.” While the word is a minor difference, the change in thinking begins a healing within.

Beyond that, I encourage the women and couples who come here to consider that being fertile means not only the ability to conceive, it also means having a fertile life. I want your lives to be less about measuring and timing and more about good health. High functioning bodies always stem from a strong foundation of good nutrition, good communication, a strong relationship, and emotional balance. In Chinese medicine, we encourage a philosophy called The Tao, which means to “go with the flow” of life. If everything is difficult, you are going in the wrong direction. To improve function, or to be happier, we need to either change direction or remove the obstacles. In my practice, I help you do just that.

While I always think holistically, and in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I can translate your Western medical diagnoses and experiences and apply the prescription of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and lifestyle guidance. We may also use physical exercises to heal and strengthen reproductive organs, or emotional/spiritual exercises to heal emotional upset or constraint.

I offer both a professional and personal experience which I believe is fundamental for healing.

How do you choose an Eastern Medicine Fertility practitioner?

Trying to find an Eastern Medicine Fertility practitioner who is right for you? Here’s what you should look for:

    1. Make sure they are National Board Certified in BOTH Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
    2. Ask how much of their practice is devoted to fertility (fertility is a highly specialized field).
    3. Ask how much advanced training they have in the speciality of fertility beyond their Master’s degree.
    4. Finally, the fertility journey can be difficult and you want to have practitioners with whom you can connect. You want to have someone who will take the time to explain the process and give you direction when needed. It’s all about trust … and that’s an individual experience. Hopefully, you’ll find that here!

Western diagnoses

Western diagnoses that can be treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anovulation
  • Elevated FSH Levels
  • Endometriosis
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Immunologic Infertility
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Male Factor Infertility
  • Polycystic Ovaries
  • Recurrent Miscarriage
  • Tubal Blockage
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Uterine Fibroids

Increase fertility in women and men

Chinese medicine can help increase fertility in women by:

  • Establishing a regular menstrual cycle
  • Increasing blood flow to the uterus to improve the chances of ovum implantation
  • Reducing anxiety and stress that may significantly decrease fertility
  • Increasing the libido
  • Normalizing the hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation
  • Unblocking fallopian tubes
  • Positively affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis that plays a key role in fertility
  • Increasing endometrial lining
  • Increasing and regulating beneficial cervical fluid
  • Strengthening the immune system

 

Chinese medicine can help increase fertility in men by:

  • Improving sperm motility
  • Improving semen volume
  • Improving sperm morphology
  • Decreasing stress
  • Increasing the libido