How can acupuncture increase my chances of pregnancy?
• Regulate and stabilize hormone levels
• Facilitate production of more follicles
• Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
• Reduce chances of miscarriage
• Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
• Prevent postpartum depression
• Strengthen the immune system
• Help you absorb nutrients better and maintain your ideal weight
INFERTILITY, IVF & PREGNANCY
Acupuncture for Infertility & IVF with Someone You Can Trust!
Specializing in Fertility & Pregnancy
Dr. Fiorani has published doctoral research in the effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunct therapy for infertility and IVF, as well as presented his research at the World Acupuncture Conference. He has given lectures in acupuncture and infertility, and has worked with nearly every type of infertility case including PCOS, IUI and IVF with great success. He also works regularly with women throughout their pregnancy!
Recent research has shown that Acupuncture can greatly enhance the success of ART procedures including Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The growing number of credible published studies of acupuncture and IVF have demonstrated:
• Statistically significant higher pregnancy rates
• Statistically significant lower miscarriage rates
• Statistically significant lower ectopic pregnancy rates
What are the benefits of acupuncture in combination with IUI & IVF?
Infertility is defined by the Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as failure of a couple to conceive after 12 months of regular intercourse without use of contraception in women less than 35 years of age; and after six months of regular intercourse without use of contraception in women 35 years and older It was recently found that 10-15% of the reproductive-aged population is infertile, and men and women are equally affected.
For females, there are many reasons that contribute to infertility, including but not limited to ovulatory failure or defect, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, polyps, pelvic adhesions, pelvic inflammatory diseases, chlamydia, hormonal imbalance, age (especially over 34 years of age), and psychological issues. Often, more than one cause contributes to infertility.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, treatment of female infertility must focus on regulation of the menses. One course of treatment is generally three months, efficacy typically being seen within one to three courses of treatments. Acupuncture helps strengthen the underlying infertility condition, regulate menstruation, balance hormones and significantly improve the probability of a successful pregnancy.
Can Acupuncture be used to treat infertility?
Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, it is shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
When should acupuncture treatment begin and for how long?
Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This period of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect. Typically most miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. Therefore, treatment of patients may often last through week twelve to help prevent miscarriage.
In a study by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.
What types of fertility patients typically get acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder including spasmed tubes. (Spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture). Acupuncture is often combined with herbs to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles, and male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.
Are the acupuncture points different after an insemination, IVF, or donor-egg transfer than before?
Your acupuncturist should not place needles in the abdomino-pelvic area after insemination or transfer. There are 6 contraindicated acupuncture points which should be avoided when the patient is pregnant or pregnancy is suspected. These include Gallbladder 21, Stomach 12, Large Intestine 4, Spleen 6, Bladder 60, Bladder 67 and any points on the lower abdomen.
What are the risks of using acupuncture?
There are minimal risks when using acupuncture for fertility treatment, but it is preferable to be treated by an acupuncturist with experience in treating fertility disorders. Acupuncture is not contraindicated for anyone regardless of their pathology or what medications they are taking.
Acupuncture for Pregnancy!
Dr. Fiorani has extensive experience working with patients throughout their pregnancy. There is scientific research demonstrating the benefit of acupuncture for multiple pregnancy related conditions.
In the first trimester, acupuncture is particularly helpful for nausea and preventing miscarriage. It can also be very helpful throughout the pregnancy for emotional support, insomnia, headaches, sinus congestion, and back pain including sciatica.
Acupuncture has also been shown to help turn a breech baby as well as help induce labor.