Acupuncture in fertility and IVF
How can we help?
At Qi Medicine, our goal is to provide an adjunct therapy that may help couples with stress and pain that sometimes comes with assisted reproductive therapies (like IVF) or natural conception. Fertility can sometimes be a rocky road; there are many known factors that can affect a couple’s ability to start a family, including stress, diet, and environmental toxins. There is also what is known as ‘unexplained’ infertility, which can be quite distressing to couples who are ready to start a family. We want to help you understand how these factors affect you, so you might be able to overcome them in the most natural, easiest way possible.
When you meet with one of our practitioners, we assess your health from all angles, looking at both male and female reproductive health, diet, lifestyle, emotional and environmental factors. We never guarantee or make promises as to your fertility outcomes (which of course is mostly up to nature). We also recognise that Chinese medicine alone is not a proven fertility treatment, and is not proven to increase your chances of conception. What we do focus on in the clinic is striving to help you achieve the highest level of wellness possible, and to keep you balanced through IVF treatments.
The journey to wellness is never straightforward and can take time, but our compassionate registered Chinese medicine doctors aim to support your physical and emotional health each step of the way.
Why would you use acupuncture and Chinese medicine as an adjunct therapy to fertility treatment and IVF?
There has been good quality research to suggest that the health of mums and dads during the conception period has a large role to play in the health of the conceived child. Maternal and paternal health before and during pregnancy may affect the risk factors for obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and even the mental health of a child.
It is also well understood that the health of mum’s and dad’s can affect their ability to conceive, with factors such as smoking, diet, stress levels, alcohol, and nutrient intake all affecting your chances. Making positive habit changes and reducing stress isn’t always easy to do on your own, and sometimes you need extra help to regulate your system or reduce your stress levels, before thinking about having children.
This is where we feel that our offerings, when used as an adjunct to fertility treatments or IVF, really shines. We take into account gynecological issues, nutrient issues and lifestyle and habits, to help you reduce stress and pain and find greater balance in your life. Think of us as the team in your corner, helping you get some perspective and guide you through the process.
A dad’s role in fertility
Currently, there is a laser focus on women and female health when it comes to issues with fertility. And even though this is important, the father’s health, which is also equally important tends to be ignored. One good example of a man’s health affecting conception is in research showing us that male smokers have a lower sperm count and have shown sperm abnormalities, that could potentially prevent conception. Partners of male smokers are also likely to have more difficulties before they can get pregnant and they tend to suffer more miscarriages.
Looking at sperm motility and morphology and advising men with their diet, nutrition, lifestyle and stress levels, are among the many ways we strive to support men’s health for healthy sperm and a healthy papa!
A Chinese medicine perspective
The Chinese medicine approach is to spend time addressing issues that may be impacting your overall health. Did you know that it takes around four months for a sperm to reach maturation? And although women ovulate monthly, chronic hormonal imbalances such as high-stress levels and adrenal burn out can negatively affect a woman’s cycle. Time spent on pre-care can help to reduce problems such as high stress, improving your health and vitality when it comes time to start trying.
Our experienced Chinese medical practitioners can educate you, to help you understand your cycle and the process of conception. There is a delicate interplay of hormones that is good to get your head around, so you can be better prepared for fluctuations. We work with you to help you understand the best time of your cycle to conceive naturally, plus what relaxation methods, exercise, and nutrition could be of benefit.
When looking to conceive, it is always prudent to address cycle issues which may be causing problems. Sometimes your issue may be that you fail to ovulate (anovulation) have irregular periods (oligomenorrhea), or even no period (amenorrhea) On occasion, your fertility may be affected by conditions such as PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis. If you are having issues conceiving, it is always recommended you undergo the standard Western medical testing to see if there may be an underlying issue, particularly if you have one of the above conditions. For women, this may be a test for blocked fallopian tubes, a pelvic exam or laparoscopy and a blood test, for men, this may be a sperm test and a physical examination.
At Qi Medicine, we do not follow a one size fits all approach. We understand that everyone’s needs and medical conditions are different, so we do all we can to find the best treatment method for every couple. Our care plan may include the following:
- Working with your GP for a health screen to check for infections, blockages, and hormonal health
- Detoxification, diet, and nutrition
- Management of stress and exercise
- Pain relief
- Education on the conception process
- Environmental and lifestyle changes
Acupuncture and IVF
We understand how worrying and tedious the IVF process can be. We know how difficult it is to keep numerous several appointments, scans, plus the financial burden and the emotional strain this can place on you and your partner.
IVF is a very different process from natural conception. There is a regime of special drugs to assist in the maturation of the follicle to create a viable egg (blastocyst), over an above what your body would produce naturally. In addition, you may undergo ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) to help the sperm fertilise the egg outside of the uterus. The state of health of both you and your partner during this process could impact the overall success rate of IVF.
We support couples undergoing IVF by helping them understand how Chinese medicine can work alongside the IVF procedure, plus letting them know what steps they can take to make the process easier. Our practitioners aim to educate and empower, whilst supporting your health as much as possible with natural medicine.
We will look at your fertility diagnosis, consider your current state of health, and work to rebalance your system from a Chinese medicine perspective. This gentle approach can be a useful adjunct therapy to IVF, and a great stress-buster when things get a little overwhelming. We want you to have a little bundle of joy as much as you, and will do whatever we can to help you through the IVF process.
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Are we easy to get to?
We provide acupuncture to the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and are close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West. We also service many clients with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone, and we are just 10 km from Melbourne city.
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