Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice that has been used for thousands of years to prevent illness and treat imbalances in the body. Acupuncturists insert tiny, sterile needles into specific acupressure points to improve the flow of energy and remove any blockages creating disease. The Fertile Secret acupuncture program uses the healing benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with assisted reproductive medicine to restore balance in your body and help to reverse infertility. The Fertile Secret acupuncture program can be used alongside fertility treatments and ideally to improve egg quality during the three months prior to conception.
What can I expect in my first acupuncture treatment?
During your first visit, your fertility acupuncture specialist will assess your areas of imbalance and create a specialized program using a combination of acupuncture, herbal remedies and lifestyle recommendations. Your first treatment will last approximately one hour and will include a full intake and acupuncture experience. If this is your first time receiving acupuncture, you may be surprised to learn that acupuncture is painless and deeply relaxing. Many people begin to notice the physical and emotional benefits of acupuncture after their very first session: from improved sleep patterns to reduced pain and increased energy.
How does acupuncture help fertility?
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine benefit fertility in the following ways: (1)
1. Regulate menstrual cycle
2. Improve sperm count and motility
3. Reduce stress and anxiety associated with infertility
4. Normalize hormone and endocrine systems
5. Improve blood flow in the uterus
6. Decrease chance of miscarriage
7. Increase the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) (6)
A recent study in the British Medical Journal revealed that women doing in-vitro fertilization treatments were 65 per cent more likely to conceive when they used acupuncture in conjunction with their western medical treatment. (2)
Additional studies support the significance of acupuncture for the outcome of assisted reproductive medicine. (3)
• Acupuncture administered on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI (4)
• Acupuncture is associated with higher clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates. (5)
1. Joswick, Diana. “February Acupuncture Newsletter – Reproductive Health” www.acufinder.com. 10 Feb. 2009. <http://www.acufinder.com>.
2. Manheimer, Eric, Grant Zhang, Laurence Udoff, Aviad Haramati, Patricia Langenberg, Brian M. Berman, and Lex M. Bouter. “Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis.” British Medical Journal (2008). BMJ medical publications of the year. 7 Feb. 2008. 9 Apr. 2009 <http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.39471.430451.BEv1>.
3. Dieterle, Stefan, Gao Ying, Wolfgang Hatzmann, and Andreas Neuer. “Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study.” 7 Apr. 2006. 9 Apr. 2009 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16616748/>.
4. Westergaard, Lars G. M.D., Ph.D, Mao, Qunhui M.D, Krogslund, Marianne, Sadrini, Steen, Lenz, Suzan M.D., Ph.D, Grinsted, Jorgen M.D., Ph.D. Acupuncture Improves pregnancy rates in IVF treatments. 2006
5. Udoff, L.C., G. Zhang, S. Patwardhan, Z. Wei, and H.D. McClamrock. “The effect of acupuncture on outcomes in in-vitro fertilization (IVF).” 20 Apr. 2006. 9 Apr. 2009 <http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00317317>.
Frequently asked questions:
Does acupuncture hurt?
A common misconception is that acupuncture is painful because it involves the insertion of needles into your skin. In fact, the needles are so tiny that often times you can’t even feel them.
I am really afraid of needles. Is there any way to get the benefits of acupuncture without the needles?
Though acupuncture is a pleasant experience for most, some people just can’t get used the idea of needles. If you are still interested in the benefits, ask your acupuncturist to use acupressure (manual pressure on specific acupuncture points), which can stimulate a similar response as needles.
How many times a month should I get acupuncture?
Your fertility acupuncturist will recommend a specific protocol for you based on your diagnosis and your personal needs and goals. Often times, clients choose to come once a week except during their menstrual cycle.
Is acupuncture beneficial for men?
Acupuncture is deeply relaxing and by supporting blood flow can help to support sperm health.
Can my acupuncturist prescribe herbs?
Our fertility acupuncturist is a licensed herbalist and therefore can prescribe herbs based on your Chinese Medicine diagnosis. The Fertile Secret program integrates the benefits and Western and Eastern medicine allowing your doctor and your acupuncturist to choose a holistic treatment protocol to support your fertility.