Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary therapy and moxibustion have been helping individuals and couples conceive and have healthy pregnancies for thousands of years. Acupuncture and its accompanying modalities are used to treat infertility extensively, including regulating menstrual cycles, promoting ovulation, improving egg and embryo quality, and treating conditions that can impede getting pregnant such as endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian reserve issues, stress, anxiety, and more. By aligning and balancing the nervous system, we help to promote an overall sense of well-being. Fertility hormones such as progesterone are restored, too.
In addition to supporting you during your IUI or IVF cycle, acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used to support those with threatened or recurrent miscarriages due to its beneficial effects on hormone levels.
IVF, IUI, and FET
For patients undergoing In Vitro Fertility (IVF), acupuncture treatment leading up to your retrieval is intended to balance your hormones and increase nourishing blood flow to your uterus and ovaries. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of combining acupuncture with your IVF treatment and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) cycles as an effective complementary treatment.
Sperm and eggs both take about 90 days to develop. For this reason, we recommend that both men and women begin their acupuncture for fertility protocol approximately three months in advance of any planned fertility treatment. Before you begin IVF especially, we encourage you to get comfortable with us at weekly sessions, at least three months in advance. In this way, we can partner to create a customized treatment plan that will also incorporate dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes. Our goal is to improve your health before you begin treatments and also to work together to positively affect your IVF experience and outcome. While every patient’s plan is customized, we generally recommend acupuncture twice a week during the stimulation phase of your IVF. It is common to strategically time sessions before the retrieval, before and after embryo transfer, and a week following the transfer. Acupuncture can also be used to assist with the development of the egg and the uterine lining while on Clomid or Letrozole. With IUI, weekly acupuncture sessions are also recommended, timing one session close to the IUI. For Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycles, weekly acupuncture is recommended with sessions timed before and after embryo transfer.
Elevated FSH, Immunological Factors, and Luteal Phase defects are three other prominent conditions that affect fertility.
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“have been a patient of Michelle Iona for 9 years. She is a wealth of knowledge! My journey with Michelle began when I was trying to get pregnant. I was going through IVF treatments at the time I met Michelle. The IVF cycles were difficult and stressful. A friend of mine told me about trying acupuncture to help relieve stress during this challenging and emotional time. I made an appointment! It was the best decision I made. After 6 IVF cycles, I had my sweet daughter. I continue to have acupuncture with Michelle. She treats me for headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and anything else that needs some TLC. The office is warm and welcoming. The rooms are beautiful and clean. I look forward every time I walk into Healing Points. Thank you, Michelle…my friend!”Cindy W.
“Dr Iona has been my saving grace from the start of my infertility journey to my current pregnancy. From the first time I met her, she was so supportive and welcoming. During my infertility treatment she made herself available to me giving me more appointments to assist in becoming pregnant. Dr Iona is knowledgeable, caring and so very passionate about her work. I look forward to my weekly sessions where she currently helps me with all my pregnancy symtoms. The office is very clean and staff very friendly. Appointments are easy to schedule with Saturday availability offered. I highly recommend Dr Iona if your looking to better your health or assist in a medical issue.”G. L.
“Michelle is absolutely wonderful. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to improving overall health through acupuncture and nutrition-focused tips, but she’s also a warm, welcoming, kind-hearted soul who makes you feel comfortable the minute you walk into her beautiful, clean office space. I started seeing her during my second pregnancy when everything was hurting and she helped me feel so much more comfortable during those last few months. Now I see her regularly to help with *all* the things motherhood hands us (stress, lack of sleep, low back pain from carrying a baby, etc. etc.) and without a doubt, I feel 100 times better after every treatment. With Michelle, it’s not just a walk in and walk out type of appointment—it’s an hour where I learn something new to improve my health, feel totally relaxed, and can walk away feeling energized and stress-free. Another bonus: she and her team make it so easy to schedule appointments (a small win that is hard to come by these days!). Can’t recommend her enough!”Jamie W.