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Fertility Treatment

Five Element Wellness Center

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine & Massage Therapy located in Tamarac, FL & Weston, FL

Most women and men never worry about having trouble getting pregnant, yet 10-15% of all couples can’t conceive even after a year of trying. If you need fertility treatment or you’re already receiving medical treatment for infertility, Monique Bain, AP, Dipl. Ac., and the team at Five Element Wellness Center can help. They offer acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, alone or together with your medical therapy, to improve your fertility. To learn more about your options, call one of the offices in Tamarac or Weston, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Fertility Treatment Q & A

How does acupuncture improve fertility?

Acupuncture can precisely target problems that contribute to infertility. Your fertility improves as acupuncture:

  • Restores hormonal balance
  • Improves blood flow to the endometrium
  • Reduces the physical effects of stress
  • Relaxes muscle spasms in the fallopian tubes
  • Improves ovarian and follicular function
  • Increases sperm count and motility

Acupuncture’s ability to restore health throughout your body and reproductive system helps you overcome many possible causes of infertility. While acupuncture alone improves your chance of getting pregnant, you can also combine acupuncture with medical infertility treatments. 

One study reported that having acupuncture before and after in vitro fertilization could increase the chance of a successful pregnancy by as much as 15%.

How does Chinese herbal medicine provide fertility treatment?

Herbs are a primary treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. Plants naturally contain many active ingredients that produce a specific therapeutic effect in your body.

You can take herbal treatments alone or use them together with acupuncture or assisted reproductive technology (ART) to improve your ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. ART includes treatments such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.

While Chinese herbal medicine may target many possible fertility issues, it’s especially beneficial for treating:

  • Age-related infertility
  • Oxidative stress
  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Luteal-phase defects
  • Miscarriage during ART
  • Hormonal imbalances

Your provider at Five Element Wellness Center chooses the combination of herbs you need to restore balance and heal the problems contributing to your infertility. Using several herbs at the same time allows you to treat multiple problems at once.

How do I take Chinese herbal formulas for fertility treatment?

Your herbal medicine may come in a few possible forms. You can boil plant stems, roots, or bark in water to create a tea that’s packed with active ingredients. You may receive a powdered herb that you mix with hot water. But you won’t necessarily need to make a beverage as your provider at Five Element Wellness Center may have a formula or pre-made pills or tablets.

If you haven’t been able to get pregnant after a year of trying, or you’re being treated with ART, call Five Element Wellness Center or book an appointment online to learn if alternative therapies can improve your fertility.

 

Conceive naturally with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine!

We have helped hundreds of couples conceive both naturally and in conjunction with IVF.  We begin with an evaluation to identify the root cause(s) that may be preventing you from conceiving or maintaining pregnancy.  We use a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary therapy to help you get pregnant. We will treat the underlying imbalances that may be preventing you from conceiving.

We also treat many other conditions associated with infertility:

*Stress*PCOS*Uterine fibroids or polyps

*Blocked fallopian tubes*Thyroid disorders

*Hormonal imbalance*Luteal phase defect

*Poor egg quality*Low sperm count

*Poor sperm morphology or motility

*Diminished ovarian reserves

*Amenorrhea*Anovulation*Endometriosis

 

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture regulates the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which can be thrown out of balance due to stress, aging, and other environmental factors inhibiting its ability to function properly. Acupuncture promotes the circulation of blood in the pelvic cavity to improve ovarian function. Acupuncture is beneficial in promoting follicle production, enhancing uterine blood flow, and improving uterine lining thickness.

Acupuncture is beneficial in treating the following causes of infertility:

 

Unexplained Infertility

Many patients seek out acupuncture for fertility because they were never given a specific diagnosis or reason why they are struggling to conceive. Many factors can negatively influence fertility, and we are here to help solve the puzzle for you.

Advanced Maternal Age:

Chromosomal problems increase with advancing maternal age as the egg a woman conceives with is as old as she is. Although women over 35 will have a significant decline in the number and

quality of eggs, by increasing blood flow to the uterus through acupuncture treatments, we can still help improve the quality of your eggs.  Acupuncture can also stimulate ovulation and increase the thickness of the uterine lining for implantation of the embryo.

Stress:

Stress can cause hormonal imbalances that can affect the timing of an egg being released, causing a delay or inhibiting the release. Stress can also reduce the blood flow to your reproductive organs. 

Anovulation:

Anovulation is when a woman misses ovulation or stops ovulating. Research shows that acupuncture and herbal medicine can induce ovulation in many patients.

Miscarriage:

Chromosomal abnormalities, illness, problems with the uterus or cervix, advanced maternal age, and hormonal imbalance may be the cause of miscarriage. 

Hormonal Imbalance:

Acupuncture treatments can be especially beneficial for women faced with luteal phase defects, high FSH levels, low estrogen levels, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system and hormonal regulation centers in the brain.

Male Infertility:

Low sperm count, poor sperm motility or morphology can reduce the chances of conception. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help to enhance sperm motility, improve morphology, increase sperm count and boost testosterone.

 

Acupuncture & IVF

Studiesthave shown that Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates two-fold within a four month treatment period compared to fertility drugs and/or IVF. We help patients choosing to do IVF treatments prepare their bodies for the procedures as well as significantly improve IVF outcomes and minimize side-effects. Acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine is often combined with IVF treatments to significantly boost the chances of conceiving as well as prevent miscarriage.

Benefits of Acupuncture & IVF:

  • Increases ovarian response
  • Increases estrogen levels if too low
  • Enhances follicle/egg quality
  • Increases follicle/egg quantity
  • Improves sperm vitality
  • Relieves side-effects of IVF drugs
  • Increases endometrium thickness 
  • Increases implantation rate