Pregnant woman touching their bellies

Fertility and Pregnancy

Chinese Medicine improves Fertility and Pregnancy

We help 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 begin improving fertility for men and women several months prior to conception. This time frame is very important for all patients, but especially those diagnosed with low AMH or diminished ovarian and sperm quality, and conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, and recurrent pregnancy loss. Treatments are very nourishing to the reproductive organs and the kidney adrenals, essentially improving hormone balance via the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian-adrenal pathways.


We help people every day with:

Reproductive organ quality, function, and blood flow (Improving ovarian and uterine quality)

Ovulation, menstrual cycle, and immune function

Embryo implantation

Sperm quality and quantity 

Mental and emotional resilience

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss


Most Fertility and OBGYN doctors refer their patients who are trying to conceive for Chinese medicine. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) advocates Chinese medicine to increase a couple's chances of conceiving.While we always work with our patients for several months prior to IVF and ART treatments, many studies have also shown higher success rates when acupuncture is performed on the day of IVF embryo transfer and on 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.


Literature on TCM and Fertility

The Infertility Cure, Randine Lewis

Acupuncture and IVF, Lifang Liang

Making Babies, Sami S. David and Jill Blakeway


We are part of a large peer network of CM providers in California who work with Fertility and Pregnancy http://norcalfertility.com/ and we are familiar with all of the bay area and regional fertility doctors. 


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!"

Pregnancy

First Trimester

Second Trimester

Second Trimester

Belly with hands making a heart

Weekly treatments address: 

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

Second Trimester

Second Trimester

Second Trimester

Pregnant belly

One to four treatments a month address:

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

Third Trimester

Labor Preparation

Labor Preparation

Birth Coaching Class

One to four treatments per month address: 

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

Labor Preparation

Labor Preparation

Labor Preparation

Woman cradling her pregnant belly

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
  • Not sure about having acupuncture?See Acupressure for labor  info here

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 

Baby Feet Photo by Janko Ferlic from Pexels

Baby Feet Photo by Janko Ferlic from Pexels