At Thomas Acupuncture & Wellness, we provide integrative care using a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicines, and personalized dietary recommendations as needed to support both before and after various routes of conception, including IUI, IVF, donor eggs/sperm, and natural conception.
At our clinic, we strive to work in partnership with allopathic reproductive specialists to help couples heal from within by finding the root cause of unexplained fertility. Our natural and whole-body approach focuses on improving female and male reproductive health to create an optimal internal environment for conception and full-term pregnancy. Post-partum care is also offered to promote recovery and healing after delivery.
Video credit: The Fertility Foundation, compiled by Irina Szmelski, L.Ac, that summarizes some of the benefits of acupuncture for fertility.
Expectations & Recommended Timelines
As a result, for women, we recommend
A MINIMUM OF 3 MONTHS of consistent, weekly treatments.
The main reasons why we set this expectation is for the following reasons:
It takes 90 days for an egg to reach full maturation, aka 3 months. A key part of treatment is to improve the quality of the egg itself, and the time frame in which an impact can be made on the egg health is, at minimum, 90 days before ovulation. During this period, the egg is the most sensitive to important health factors that can be modulated, such as sufficient blood flow and oxygenation levels, hormone levels, diet/nutrition, physical or mental stress, and systemic inflammation.
If the patient has additional underlying complications or history (i.e. long-term birth control usage, hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, PCOS, etc.), treatment typically takes longer to address and right the deeply-rooted chronic conditions affecting the patient’s overall health and fertility.
Every patient responds differently to treatment depending on their existing health history, constitution, ongoing IUI or IVF cycles, age, and timing.