Fertility & Women’s Health
Diet, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicines are likely reasons that Chinese women don’t experience the same severity of symptoms American women do. Only 10% of Chinese women experience hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopause symptoms, compared to 75% of American women.
Women’s health is one of our specialties at Affinity Acupuncture. The use of fine, sterile needles stimulates the body’s natural ability to regulate estrogen, improve blood flow, and achieve better balance. It’s a great alternative to hormone therapy, especially for women at high risk of breast cancer. Our herbal supplements further help regulate the reproductive organs.
We also have a high success rate for treating infertility. To read one woman’s story, click here. For women who are already pregnant, acupuncture treatment helps reduce nausea and relieve other physical discomfort related to pregnancy. It can even stimulate contractions for women past their due date.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment include: (This list also includes other common diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture has been shown effective but further study is currently being done)
Female urethral syndrome
Induction of labour
Malposition of fetus, correction of fetus
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Fertility Treatment Areas
Certain health factors before conception can help improve pregnancy outcomes by preventing certain diseases and managing certain risk factors. Preconception care can help improve a woman’s health, and/or her partner’s, before starting to try for a baby. Acupuncture can help the body naturally become receptive to conception and carrying a healthy pregnancy.
Acupuncture can help regulate many of the factors that influence fertility success, such as balancing hormone levels, increasing blood flow, elevating libido, regulating the immune system, and decreasing inflammation. Acupuncture can help to optimize the quality of eggs and sperm, as well, and studies indicate that acupuncture increases the rates of conception, ongoing pregnancy, and live births by over 50% than IVF and IUI treatments alone.
Natal & Post-Natal Support
The joys of pregnancy may come with some physical discomforts aided by acupuncture, such as morning sickness, lower back/sciatic/pelvic pain, depression, headaches, and sleep disruption. Additionally, it can assist in turning babies from breech position and inducing labor. There are areas of postpartum that acupuncture can also support, such as balancing hormone levels, promoting relaxation and stress reduction, rejuvenation after the birthing process, and supporting milk production.
We are happy to set up a personal consultation for yourself, your partner, or both of you as a couple. Affinity Acupuncture will customize a treatment plan specific to you and your needs, factoring in underlying conditions that may factor into fertility challenges, many of which can be addressed through acupuncture. We will walk with you each step of the way on your journey, adjusting treatments as needed in order to best support your changing body.