Blue Beryl Blog
Acupuncture and IVF/IUI
Through Chinese medicine, we assist couples seeking support, resources and information regarding options in fertility care.
In our clinic, we take practical steps to encourage communication between partners and providers and feel it’s important to address overall health and wellness. This may include self-care and family planning, and taking time to review your health history, which in traditional medicine is a significant part of the journey itself.
There are many causes of subfertility. Managing stress, focusing on diet, exercise and environmental factors – together we navigate the data-influenced facets of care – thereby improving outcomes. I’m confident in the benefit of acupuncture and herbal medicine because of the repeated success I have witnessed and been a part of over the years.
Part of this is how we understand reproductive concerns. Whether it’s the phase of the menstrual cycle, the characteristic function of hormones, ovarian reserve or ovulation dysfunction – the Chinese medicine offers a rational perspective and methodologies that are evidence-based.
Chinese medicine not only provides for a comprehensive outlook on reproductive health, but has also assimilated with the views and interventions of ART, to the degree that contemporary wisdom has its own language and protocols aligned specifically for integrative care. This includes treatment to support IVF and IUI.
It offers a rather seamless integration of these paradigms.
One might call it a mindbody approach to fertility care. This encompasses both natural, and assisted, reproduction.
We focus on total health and wellbeing.
While addressing parameters such as age, ovulation assessment, ovarian reserve, tubal blockage, genetic screening, semen analysis, etc. we remain with the core belief that fertility optimization includes the whole person, family and life circumstance.
In TCM, each physiological system contributes to reproductive health. When we address the many facets of our health, we promote optimal fertility. In addition, there might be some factor of imbalance we can begin to correct, or a consideration in the medical history such as PCOS, thyroid disease or male subfertility. These too are understood and treated with time-tested methods.
In the specialization of women’s health and TCM reproductive medicine, we also recognize common patterns, treating which may benefit outcomes.
Many attest to acupuncture as being among the most important factors to their successful outcomes, and the most meaningful in terms of overall care. I often advise and support couples, acknowledging the tremendous effort and commitment involved.
In the preconception phase, I do request some diligence regarding making certain test results available (as possible). This helps us rule out certain factors and hone in on what’s most important.
From there we can focus also on overall health and reproductive optimization.
During courses of treatment in reproductive medicine, it’s important to really hone in on the timing of interventions. Communication with the fertility specialist and their practice, and the acupuncture provider is essential. It’s important to arrange optimal timing and frequency of visits, and our practice is reliable and available when treatments are required.
This may be especially the case with respect to timing of retrieval and transfer. We feel its best that you are comfortable, and that your transitions to other offices is made facile.
To receive the most benefit, you may consider acclimating to acupuncture care in preparation as well. Initial consult will provide you the time to ask questions, and if you are less familiar with acupuncture this will provide you the opportunity. Chinese medicine interventions tend to be individualized, and so it is appropriate to provide some time for evaluation and treatment at each session.
Treatments in my practice are highly specific. This is especially so, closer to times of transfer and the same goes for perinatal care. Nothing extraneous is incorporated. We reference standards based in the latest research. I prefer that your experience is quiet and restful at these times, comforted by the knowledge that we are assisting you and supporting the primary role of your fertility specialist.
At each meeting, it’s helpful to relay relevant information (ultrasound results, response to medications, etc.) from your visit (s) with specialists to promote the best care.
While many come upon acupuncture, as an option, late in the game, I suggest beginning month(s) prior (preparation phase), when possible to any cycle of treatment. Acupuncture may even benefit both partners. It can also provide needed self-care and regulation in between cycles.
Ovarian hyperstimulation is another complication that I believe acupuncture can assist. One of the great skills and wisdom Chinese medicine has to offer is how to nourish, regulate and care for the entire being – while addressing common symptoms.
I sincerely hope to be a part of your team. I truly love the work that we do, being of support to individuals and families, and being there for you during challenging periods.