Health Pointe Jacksonville offers comprehensive treatment programs designed to enhance and enrich fertility utilizing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or with the help of assisted reproductive technology, we are here to support you through your journey.
If you have been trying to conceive for a while you may be feeling frustrated, helpless, sad or angry. Please know that you are not alone and that there is help! Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can assist you in any stage of infertility you are at. Whether you are trying naturally, taking Clomid, using fertility medications, using Artificial Reproductive Techniques (IVF/IUI/FET), or working with a donor program our fertility plan program is designed to help and support you using proven techniques with exceptional care!* Our clinic specializes in all facets of reproductive health including acupuncture for fertility, miscarriage prevention, ovulation disorders, menstrual irregularities, hormone imbalance, and pregnancy care.
*Results may vary
Targeted Acupuncture Fertility Treatments
It makes sense that healthy bodies are more likely to make healthy babies. Therefore, as you begin to consider starting a family it is necessary to commit to investing in your health and body prior to conception in order to get in the best fertility shape possible. The acupuncture fertility plan here at Health Pointe Jacksonville begins with a full health history that will be used to develop a personalized plan to increase your chances of conceiving. For natural conception fertility assisted treatments we suggest committing to 3-6 months of treatment. While some patients have success in as little as 6 weeks conceiving, others may take a longer course of treatment.* Common treatment prescriptions for fertility may include acupuncture & oriental medicine techniques, herbal prescriptions, nutritional and exercise adjustments, lifestyle changes, patient education, or a combination of all the above to bring your system back to its proper and highest functioning state. Many fertility acupuncturists refer to this treatment phase as “harvesting the soil before planting the seed”.
Using acupuncture to assist conception alone can achieve anywhere from 45-60% clinical pregnancy rate¹‚², and in many cases involves the treatment of both partners. For example, a man could have an abnormal sperm analysis and a woman unexplained infertility. In either case, our acupuncture fertility plan is very beneficial in improving overall health and greatly improving chances of conception while creating an environment where new life may flourish. For patients struggling with infertility, I recommend a family consultation to determine the best plan of action.
Females – Acupuncture and Chinese medicine may enhance fertility by:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle*
- Regulating FSH & hormone levels to produce a larger number of follicles*
- Increasing blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining*
- Improving the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs*
- Increasing libido*
- Correcting blocked fallopian tubes*
- Enhancing response to IVF while lessening side effects of IVF on the body*
- Relaxing the mind & body*
- Preventing miscarriage*
Males- Traditional Chinese medical theory applies equally for male factor infertility. A man’s low sperm count, poor motility, morphology, or sexual dysfunction can be treated with great success. Treatments assist this process by:
- Improving sperm count and motility*
- Increasing libido*
- Correcting erectile dysfunction*
- Increasing semen quantity*
IVF/IUI-Acupuncture Combined Treatment
Several landmark research studies have shown that combining acupuncture with the IVF pre and post embryonic transfer dramatically increases the chances for conception by as much as 50%. And that’s just for the day-of-transfer treatment statistic. For best results our acupuncture assisted IVF treatment program begins with weekly treatments several weeks prior to the stimulatory phase of the IVF cycle, twice weekly during the stimulatory phase, continues through the implantation procedure with a pre and/or post transfer treatment, as well as one week after the transfer. These additional treatments help to prepare the patient for optimum fertility and to achieve even better results. These added treatments prior to the transfer can better boost conception rates by as much as 70%.² Considering the national average of conception with the first IVF treatment alone is just 24%, and most couples will go through 3-5 rounds of IVF cycles, a 70% increased boost using acupuncture assistance is A LOT!
IUI patients are typically treated once a week throughout, with increased frequency as necessary.
Acupuncture works to improve success rates of these interventions by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF or a medicated IUI cycle, improving the effectiveness of the drugs given. It also relaxes the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer or IUI. Acupuncture also reduces stress and offsets side effects from the fertility drugs.*
*Results may vary
Once Pregnant- continued care and treatments may be suggested to:
- Decrease chance of miscarriage
- Prevent & treat morning sickness
- Provide support during the pregnancy to make it a comfortable time for the-mom-to-be
- Naturally ‘turn’ breeched presentation
- Induce labor naturally
- Help speed up physical recovery after giving birth
- Treat post-partum blues
- Support post-partum with breast milk supply and flow
- Fertility Consultation & Acupuncture Therapy
- Diet Therapy support
- Biweekly acupuncture therapy to support optimal uterine lining & follicular growth during the stimulation follicular phase
- Pre & Post IUI or IVF Acupuncture Treatment
- Weekly Miscarriage prevention treatments typically to week 12-15 of pregnancy for high risk patients
- Monthly Pregnancy Wellness & Balancing Acupuncture Therapy
²Paulus, Wolfgang, MD, et al.,” Influence of Acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy.” American Society for Reproductive Medicine / Elsevier Science Inc (Fertility & Sterility, April 2002, Vol.77, No.4).