Fertility Acupuncture for Men and Women
Thinking about getting pregnant? Ready to get pregnant? Wanting to get pregnant yesterday?
Having a healthy foundation is essential and can greatly increase your chances for conception either naturally or through advanced reproductive technologies. Allowing 3-6 months to prepare your body for pregnancy not only produces healthier eggs and sperm, but it also creates an optimal environment for your growing baby.
We enhance your fertility by addressing all aspects of your health, nutrition, lifestyle, constitution and mind to fully prepare you for preconception and pregnancy.
We are pleased to offer customized, integrative, comprehensive treatment plans to optimize your health and hormone balance.
We understand that conception is not easy for all couples, and fertility issues are at the forefront of reproductive health. If you are having difficulty conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy, acupuncture and integrative medicine can offer many options.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to enhance fertility for centuries. Recently, studies have provided evidence that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, stimulate ovulation in women and can help increase sperm concentration and motility in men.
We have experienced firsthand how strongly TCM can positively influence the reproductive and endocrine systems. We have had the pleasure of helping many couples achieve healthy pregnancies. It has brought us tremendous joy to be part of this meaningful process.
During your first visit, we take time to listen to your needs and goals. Our goal is to identify and treat the root cause of your infertility while at the same time optimizing your health, wellness and hormone balance using acupuncture, herbs, supplements, nutrition therapy, and lifestyle counseling. Our approach treats you as a whole person, integrating mind, body and emotions to address your health on all levels.
We are also well versed in conventional medical treatment approaches to infertility. It is our goal to help you navigate these options to decide the best course of action for you and your family.
As fertility specialists, we work closely with western physicians, as well as consulting with a network of excellent health care practitioners who understand fertility issues.
The goal of Chinese Medicine is to promote a healthier and more balanced state, which optimizes your chances for conception. TCM has been clinically proven to:
- Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs
- Regulate menstrual cycles]
- Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
- Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
- Relax and de-stress —so your body is a safe, cozy place for a baby to grow
- Strengthen the immune system/Increase energy
- Increase chance of conceiving
- Enhance the chances of successful implantation
- Decrease chance of miscarriage
- Improve quality of sleep and increase energy
Common Fertility Disorders Treated with TCM
- Elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
- Repeated pregnancy loss
- Unexplained (idiopathic) infertility
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Ovarian cysts & Uterine Fibroids
- Irregular and annovulatory menstrual cycles
- Luteal phase defect (LPD)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Premature ovarian failure (POF)
- Poor egg quality
- Advanced maternal age
- Thin, unresponsive endometrium
- Almost any type of fertility disorder including spasmed tubes.
(Spasmed tubes are often relaxed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture).
While starting acupuncture at any point in your preconception or fertility journey is beneficial, we recommend three months of preparation to increase chances of a healthy pregnancy. Three months is important because takes about 90-150 days for an egg to grow from a follicle in its resting state to a full blown egg ready to be released. Our goal is to help create healthy high quality follicles, balance hormones, and get the body as a whole in the best condition for conception to occur.
Male Factor Infertility
We understand many couples assume the female is the one with fertility issues when unable to conceive. Male factor infertility, accounts for about 40% or more of fertility issues. Men are often affected by issues such as no or low sperm count, or a condition called asthenospermia which is decreased sperm motility.
There are many causes of male fertility issues including hormone imbalances, varicose veins, chronic health problems, illness, injury, and even cancer. In some cases the transport of sperm to the semen may be obstructed, which can result due to infection, prior surgery, or abnormalities that occur at birth.
Learn About our Male Fertility Treatment Options
Male factor infertility is a problem we address on a regular basis as we work toward helping couples achieve their dream of having a baby. As with women, certain treatments often prove effective depending on the circumstances in each individual case. Depending on the problem we may focus on improved lifestyle and nutrition, use Chinese herbal medicine and supplements, or other methods in combination to promote improved overall well-being and sperm health. We believe in a holistic approach to fertility, and have helped countless couples reach their goal of finally conceiving a baby.
How We Help
At Points for Wellness our goal is to help those who have had problems conceiving a child regardless of the reason through a natural approach that concentrates on physical and emotional well-being through nutrition, stress reduction, integrated medicine, acupuncture, and other proven services. If infertility is the problem, invites those in the Santa Cruz and Soquel areas to contact us at 831-475-1055 to see how we can help.