Acupuncture for Fertility and Preconception Care
I know you have been trying to have a baby for months, maybe even years. When you are ready to have a baby, you are ready to have a baby! But sometimes the body's hormonal messages have gotten tangled and it's just not that easy, and it can be confusing and discouraging as you try to untangle the messages and boost your fertility.
Many women come to my clinic after trying many natural or medical routes to get pregnant. They are often feeling hopeless, yet somehow, acupuncture came up as a suggestion from a friend or in their internet search for options. Maybe that's what landed you here today, reading this article, searching for a little hope.
In your first Acupuncture for Fertility appointment, there are a lot of questions to investigate to learn more about your unique situation. Some clients come after having made dietary modifications and charting their BBT for months. Other women are just coming off birth control and know they want to balance their bodies and make some lifestyle changes before they try to get pregnant a few months from now. Some come after multiple medical appointments and hormone testing, and others have had a series of unsuccessful IUIs and are not ready to try IVF. Some have had unsuccessful IVF but they are not ready to give up. Many of my fertility clients have had infertility issues of unknown origin, and many have been diagnosed with PCOS. Wherever you are in your fertility journey, I'm ready to meet you there and help you get to know your body better and help you make some changes to benefit your health and your fertility with the use of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is a proven natural and effective treatment to assist women with their fertility, but healing and strengthening our bodies takes time. Did you know, about 4 months before ovulation, that an egg was beginning to be recruited? And it takes about 3 months for sperm to renew. Ideally you should begin to prepare your body with healthy nutrition and lifestyle changes for 3-6 months before trying to conceive in order to optimize chances of healthy pregnancy and delivery of a healthy full term baby. During this 3-6 month preconception care window, acupuncture can help you relax, increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, regulate hormones and promote overall wellness. I will also give you guidance on nutrition, herbs and lifestyle changes to support egg quality and teach you how to read your BBT chart. I can also work with partners to support sperm quality and sperm count.
Acupuncture treatments and lifestyle changes during the preconception time are very important, whether you are trying to become pregnant naturally or through IUI/IVF procedures. I have successfully helped many women and couples to achieve pregnancy using acupuncture & herbs alone or coupled with conventional medicine fertility treatments . If you aren't sure if acupuncture is right for you yet, start charting your basal body temperature (BBT.pdf, BBT.xlsx) and wait another cycle or 2. If you are ready now, schedule your appointment today.
Inspired Balance, LLC Sarah Aiken-Felling, MAOM, LAc 715-831-8998 www.inspiredbalance.com