Pre-Conception and Fertility
About 15 % of all couples have difficulty conceiving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Traditionally the woman has been treated for such issues, but research is now finding that 40% are due to female factors, 40% are due to male factors and 20% are the result of combined factors. At Perfect Harmony Acupuncture, we support couples who are struggling with fertility issues.
For women, the best time to start Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment is three months before trying to conceive naturally or starting a cycle involving any Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) such as IUI’s (intrauterine insemination) or IVF’s (invitro fertilization). It takes nearly 150 days for a follicle to mature, and we have found that TCM is most effective when initiated during the 120 days prior to maturation.
For men, TCM treatment is most helpful if initiated 75-90 days before trying to conceive. The sperm generation cycle on average takes 75 days.
At Perfect Harmony Acupuncture we believe that pre-conception health is what determines the health of a woman’s eggs, a man’s sperm and thus the health of the embryo. Planning to start a family should include a close look at diet and lifestyle patterns so that you are at your healthiest when you conceive. We do recognize that this time frame may not always be possible. Thus, we will do whatever possible to support you wherever you are on your journey to conception.
TCM can help to:
● Reduce stress and aid relaxation
● Balance hormones
● Regulate menstrual cycles
● Improve ovarian function
● Improve blood flow to the ovaries, uterus or testes
● Improve sperm count, motility and morphology
● Decrease pharmaceutical side effects
● Decrease uterine contractibility
● Decrease chances of miscarriage
TCM has been found helpful in treating:
● Ovulatory dysfunction
● Elevated FSH and other hormonal imbalances
● Uterine fibroids
● Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
● Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
● Poor ovarian responder
● Immunological factors
● Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
● Recurrent miscarriage
● Unexplained fertility
● Low sperm count, motility or poor morphology
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