Facing challenges with fertility, conception, and carrying to term can be a very frustrating and disheartening process. Navigating through all of the information about fertility and determining a course of action is a daunting task to say the least. L.A. Wellness has over fifteen years of experience in helping parents to be overcome fertility challenges. We offer the resources for optimizing fertility, increasing the likelihood of making your dream of parenthood a reality.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been used for thousands of years to promote fertility and help couples create a healthy, happy baby. Both men and women have utilized this medicine to achieve overall health through customized treatments, which often clears up issues that are blocking one from conceiving.
How Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility?
Acupuncture balances hormones and helps to regulate the HPO axis (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis), which governs ovulation and all of the phases of the menstrual cycle. Together acupuncture, herbs and nutritional guidance can help to improve uterine lining, promotes ovulation and may even improve egg quality. Treatments also release endorphins and reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, which helps to improve reproductive health. Most patients report that regular treatments reduce stress, anxiety and depression. When couples chose to use medications like clomid, or utilize ART (such as IVF or ICSI), acupuncture greatly reduces the side-effects of medications, and in the cases of procedures, the patient has an increased chance of conceiving when using acupuncture the day of the procedure (pre and post embryo transfer), which can be done on-site.
Acupuncture can improve the results of a semen analysis by improving sperm quality, count, morphology & motility. It also helps to clear subclinical infections by decreasing agglutination – improving the ability to fertilize an egg. Acupuncture alone can assist in a healthier recovery from varicocele, allowing the patient to move ahead more quickly (and in more comfort); and, in conjunction with herbs and some nutritional guidance, often reduces elevated DNA fragmentation, improving both the quality of the sperm, and the healthy of the embryo and child.
Surrogacy and Egg Freezing
Surrogates also use acupuncture to increase the chances of conception, as do women and men who are preparing for egg-freezing or banking sperm.
Studies indicate that what we eat, what we are experiencing (stress, etc) and our daily habits can not only affect our health, but the health of our children, even before one is pregnant. This concept is called epigenetics. In the last decade it has been shown through many extensive studies that preconception care can positively influence genetic diseases by turning off or “silencing” these genes, proving that a healthy parent really can help to create a healthy child. Nature and nurture are perhaps equally important, so taking care of oneself in preparation for conceiving is of the utmost importance.
What To Expect
The initial consultation and treatment consists of a comprehensive evaluation, including health history and current health paths, taking into consideration blood work, labs, x-rays, ultrasounds, medical procedures, surgeries, medications, and supplements (please bring in any information or medical records relevant to your journey.) A Traditional Chinese Medical evaluation will be done as well including tongue & pulse taking. Nutritional patterns will be discussed and a specific, customized fertility diet will be created for you and your partner if needed. You will leave with a customized plan with easy-to-understand information about how to conceive a healthy child, without losing your health or sense of sanity.