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Fertility, Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum

Chinese Medicine and Fertility

Becoming a parent is a wonderful calling. When difficulty arises, individuals and couples often feel socially isolated, internalize the stress, and feel challenged personally. We aim to help you find some ease and clarity during these uncertain times. Chinese medicine has an extensive documented history of helping women and men with the underlying conditions inhibiting pregnancy. We see clients get the best results when our therapies are combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle at least four months prior to conception. We typically see individuals once or twice weekly for fertility support.


We help our clients wanting to conceive no matter the method: naturally, with the help of fertility medications, Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). We are part of a large peer network of CM providers who work with Fertility and Pregnancy http://norcalfertility.com/.


We can improve:

  • Reproductive organ quality, function and blood flow
  • Ovulation, menstrual cycle, and immune function
  • Embryo implantation
  • Sperm quality and quantity 
  • Mental and emotional resilience
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Many Fertility and OBGYN doctors refer their patients who are trying to conceive for Chinese medicine. We are familiar with most of  the Bay area specialists and are happy to help you if you would like a recommendation.The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) advocates Chinese medicine to increase a couple's chances of conceiving. 


Research on Chinese Medicine and ART

Many studies have shown higher success rates when acupuncture is performed on the day of IVF embryo transfer and one the day of IUI. We provide these treatments in our office.


A Randomized Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to IVF

A small study was performed at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and the Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine in 2009. The study shows a significantly lower amount of gonadotropins used when IVF is combined with standard acupuncture. A 70% pregnancy rate was also achieved with standard acupuncture and IVF, compared to 25%.


Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy

Wolfgange E. Paulus, M.D. et al, 2002 

Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.


Acupuncture and IVF embryo transfer, ART and PCOS 

Acupuncture Med. 2006 Dec;24(4):157-63 Stener-Victorin, et al.

During the last five years the use of acupuncture in female infertility as an adjuvant to conventional treatment in assisted reproductive technology (ART) has increased in popularity. The present paper briefly discusses clinical and experimental data on the effect of acupuncture on uterine and ovarian blood flow, as an analgesic method during ART, and on endocrine and metabolic disturbances such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Further it gives a summary of recent studies evaluating the effect of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on pregnancy outcome. Of the four published RCTs, three reveal significantly higher pregnancy rates in the acupuncture groups compared with the control groups. But the use of different study protocols makes it difficult to draw definitive conclusions. It seems, however, that acupuncture has a positive effect and no adverse effects on pregnancy outcome.



Referrals

Many of our patients wishing to conceive are referred to White Peony Acupuncture by their OBGYNs and fertility specialists. 


"I received wonderful care during my pregnancy from Kim and Loren. I am now going to white peony to help keep healthy in the stressful postpartum time. I highly recommend these talented, loving, and nurturing acupuncturists."

- Daniela M.


"As I am going through my own struggles to get pregnant, Kim has been my guiding light. She tells me it is ok to be frustrated and gives me hope when I have lost it. She is always so positive and calm - she is great way to end my week."


"Enjoyed both of my services with Kim and Loren. Lovely individuals, very knowledgeable and experienced practitioners. Ready to rebook with them! Thank you!"

Chinese Medicine and Pregnancy

First Trimester

Belly with hands making a heart

Weekly treatments address: 

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety/Depression/Fear
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Second Trimester

Pregnant belly

One to four treatments a month address:

  • Sinus problems
  • Nausea/digestive problems
  • Placenta previa
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Third Trimester

One to four treatments per month address: 

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Edema
  • Breech or posterior position
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Labor Preparation

One to three treatments per week beginning week 36 can: 

  • Facilitate the gradual, natural onset of labor
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and discomfort  
  • Correct breech position (optimal time from 33-37 weeks gestation)
  • Increase the likelihood of vaginal deliveries, even with VBACs
  • Decrease medical induction rates, women receiving epidurals, and emergency caesarean sections

Chinese Medicine Postpartum

Postpartum care is important too!

Perhaps the most important time for new or experienced moms to receive extra care and nurturing is in the days, weeks, and months after birth. Chinese medicine has a long tradition of caring for women at this time. We encourage all of our moms to return to us within two to six weeks of giving birth for at least two acupuncture/moxa sessions. These treatments can speed up and enrich your recovery after labor and delivery, and can help with:

  • Wound healing
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Mastitis
  • Pain
  • Hormone balancing
  • Edema
  • Postnatal depression
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Constipation 
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Poor digestion
  • Irregular Sweating
  • Low Energy
  • Hair Loss
  • Stop Bleeding 

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