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Natural Fertility For Women
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At Acupuncture Emporium we have developed a 3 step Protocol to enhance Natural Fertility. We have over 10 years experience using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to treat Natural Fertility, IVF Assisted Pregnancy and Pregnancy and Obstetrics.
Natural Fertility Procedure
For those women having difficulty getting pregnant it is important to establish why. This will include a recommendation for tests to establish that there is no physical obstruction or disease preventing pregnancy such as Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids or Blocked Fallopian Tubes. For men a Sperm analysis is suggested to evaluate the number, motility and morphology of the sperm.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, supplements and dietary recommendations may be used to help regulate the menstrual cycle and improve ovulation, to improve egg quality and nourish the Endometrium. The same principals are also used to improve the count, motility and morphology of Sperm.
Pre–Conception Natural Fertility (ideally 3 months)
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines, Vitamins and supplements, and dietary advice are used to nourish and prime the body for conception and ultimately pregnancy. A happy healthy egg and happy health sperm make a happy healthy mother and baby.
Pregnancy: General Treatment Plan for Pregnancy
Acupuncture during the first trimester focuses on setting the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. Treatments are given to prevent miscarriage and to address any early pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and fatigue. At the end of the first trimester a special traditional treatment is given, using what is called the "beautiful baby point," to ensure a healthy baby. For optimum results, the recommended frequency of treatments during the first trimester is once a week.
Acupuncture during the second trimester aims to maintain balance and offer relief from many of the common complaints of pregnancy. At the end of the second trimester the traditional "beautiful baby" treatment is used again. The recommended frequency of treatments for the second trimester is evaluated for each individual. Patients may come one to two times per month.
Acupuncture during the third trimester prepares the body for labour and delivery. Treatment is given for breech presentation between weeks 32-36. Treatment for labour induction can be given anytime after week 39 if there are no complications with the pregnancy. During the third trimester, patients are encouraged to receive weekly treatments to ensure a smooth labour and delivery. Studies show that women who receive regular acupuncture during the third trimester typically have shorter and more productive labour.
1st and 2nd Trimesters
Once you are successfully pregnant we then focus during this crucial period on keeping the embryo intact and attached to the uterus. Acupuncture during this period is also extremely useful for treating:
- Nausea / Vomiting (Morning Sickness)
- Fatigue & Exhaustion
- Oedema/Fluid Retention
- Nasal Congestion, Sinusitis
As the pregnancy progresses and the birthing time nears Acupuncture is recommended for the following conditions:
- Back pain and Sciatica
- Breech and posterior positioned babies
- Pre-birth preparation to soften cervix
- Inductions, Labour Pain
Once baby is born, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can assist in treating many post pregnancy conditions.
In China, the first few weeks after childbirth are called "chan ru." Chan means childbirth, and Ru means mattress. In traditional Chinese culture, women were prescribed bed rest for one month after childbirth. Female relatives would take care of both the new mother and the baby, allowing the new mother to restore her strength and energy. Specific herbal prescriptions were given to help shrink the uterus, stop bleeding, encourage lactation, and return vitality. In today's fast-paced society, few new mothers have the luxury of resting for a month after childbirth. Most women need to return to taking care of family or work before their bodies have had a chance to fully recover from the birth experience. This may lead to further health issues in time, and is why acupuncture during the postpartum period is so important.
In addition to returning the body to a state of balance and optimal reproductive health, some of the postpartum conditions that acupuncture can treat are:
- Postpartum depression and "baby blues"
- Decreased energy and vitality
- Hormonal imbalances
- Persistent bleeding
- Lactation problem
- Abdominal pain, night sweats