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Treatments to aid Fertility

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At Unity Fertility we work alongside you to determine which course of treatment might work best for your individual journey. 

Please find below details of various issues that we can support - but we'd also be delighted to answer any specific questions you might have. 

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for many centuries to improve overall well-being, and a healthier body has a greater chance of conceiving naturally. As well as improving general health, acupuncture can be used to treat specific conditions which affect fertility.

Infertility can alter nearly every aspect of a person's life. Few situations in life are as challenging and overwhelming. The emotional aspects of infertility often go ignored and untreated, and because it is such a private issue, many couples do not share their experiences which can add to the problem. At Unity Fertility we offer a safe an neutral place to discuss emotions and help with healing.  

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Acupuncture for Women

During consultations focused on fertility you can expect to discuss how you're currently feeling and be guided on measuring things like cervical mucas, basel base temperature and stress levels.

Some of the related fertility issues that we support and treat include:

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AMENORRHEA

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address many types of amenorrhea or a lack of a menstrual period.  These include exercise-induced amenorrhea, PCOS, hormonal insufficiencies, and some types of imbalances with the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.  Mo can  provide customized acupuncture treatments based on each specific case to help the ovaries begin to ovulate and the cycles to become regular.   Mo may also suggest some dietary and lifestyle changes to help support your treatments.

DECREASED OVARIAN RESERVE

As women age, the ovarian reserve (or the capacity of the ovary to produce viable eggs) naturally decreases. In some women, this happens prematurely, and in other women, the right time to attempt to conceive has come later in life and so a decrease in reserve can pose a problem with fertility. In both cases, recent studies are showing that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help these women achieve a pregnancy.

ELEVATED FSH

As women approach menopause, the hormones regulating the menstrual cycle begin to change. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone released from the pituitary that tells the ovaries to start preparing an egg to ovulate each cycle. It can become elevated as we age and higher levels are associated with decreased fertility. FSH levels fluctuate each cycle and can respond very well to treatments with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Most fertility clinics require FSH to be within a certain range in order to proceed with an IVF, so regulating this hormone can be very important for fertility and the success of treatments like IVF.

ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain.  It can seriously affect a woman’s ability to conceive and can also cause uncomfortable, heavy or irregular periods. Sometimes there are no symptoms associated with endometriosis and it is only discovered when a woman seeks treatment for infertility. We use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs aimed at improving blood circulation, clearing inflammation, relieving pain and treating the patient’s underlying condition associated with their endometriosis. Patients with this conditions may also benefit from making specific dietary changes to quicken their healing.

FIBROCYSTIC BREASTS

It is estimated that 30-60% of women and at least 50% of women of childbearing age experience fibrocystic breasts. These women develop non-cancerous lumps in their breast tissue that are responsive to the fluctuating hormones of the menstrual cycle and can sometimes cause pain and swelling, especially in the days preceding the menses. We associate this symptom with stagnation in Chinese medicine and treat it with acupuncture  to improve the circulation of qi and blood. Specific dietary changes can also help this condition.

IMMUNOLOGICAL FACTORS

Chinese medicine has been shown in studies to help regulate the immune system. In cases of autoimmune disorders and immunological fertility factors, acupuncture and specific Chinese herbs, often in combination with dietary and lifestyle changes, can help calm an overactive immune system, promoting a term pregnancy.

IRREGULAR MENSES

Many women experience periods that come irregularly each month, which can make trying to conceive difficult.  Irregular menses can be due to an imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the month.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are wonderful for balancing the hormones and encouraging a more predictable ovulation, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle.

IUI SUPPORT

During an IUI cycle, acupuncture can help increase conception rates by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, improving the effectiveness of any medications used, and assisting in the development of follicles and the uterine lining. Acupuncture also helps to address uterine spasm around the time of potential implantation and can treat any side effects that arise from the fertility drugs.

IVF SUPPORT

Good clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF demonstrating a 50 percent increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without. Acupuncture works to improve success rates of these interventions by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF, improving the effectiveness of the drugs given. It also relaxes the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer. Acupuncture also reduces stress, calms anxiety, and offsets side effects of the fertility drugs.

LOW LIBIDO

It is estimated that 43% of women report issues with libido. Many of the most common complaints can be addressed using Chinese medicine. In women, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address low desire, dryness, inability to orgasm, painful intercourse, and problems with arousal.

LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT

When the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the phase after ovulation until the menses or a pregnancy is achieved) is shorter than ten days, it is diagnosed as luteal phase defect. Women with this condition often experience difficulty conceiving and may have low levels of the hormone progesterone. Acupuncture can help support the ovarian function, improve progesterone levels and lengthen the luteal phase.

OVARIAN CYSTS

Ovarian cysts can cause pelvic pain and interfere with a women’s ability to conceive.  They can be naturally occurring or as a side effect of some fertility treatments. Acupuncture  can help resolve both.

PAINFUL MENSES

About 50% of women who are menstruating experience cramping and pain during their periods, while about 10% of them have debilitating pain. Our patients are often thrilled to experience relief from their menstrual cramps, even when that is not the focus of treatment. We often see changes in the severity of menstrual cramping within one to three months of regular acupuncture,  and appropriate dietary changes.

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)

PCOS is becoming an increasingly prevalent cause of infertility. Women with PCOS are not ovulating and many do not have periods or have irregular cycles. We are seeing an increasing number of patients with PCOS,  acupuncture can be very effective at stimulating ovulation and regulating their cycles. Recent reputable studies have shown these treatments to be as effective as the fertility drug clomid in stimulating ovulation.

PMS

Premenstrual symptoms are very responsive to treatment with acupuncture. Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, acne, insomnia, and changes in bowel movements can all be resolved with regular treatments. In combination with specific dietary changes, most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.

RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE

There are many causes of recurrent miscarriage, some of which can be addressed with acupuncture.  Mo can help determine potential imbalances leading to early pregnancy loss,  Studies have shown acupuncture to prevent some types of miscarriage,  Mo recommends our newly pregnant ladies to continue acupuncture treatments into their pregnancies.

UTERINE FIBROIDS

Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus and are often are associated with heavy periods, cramping, bleeding or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling, and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective as treatment for fibroids or as adjunctive treatment with Western medical interventions when fibroids are advanced in size.

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Acupuncture for Men

It really does take two to make a baby, and the men that visit the clinic are supported in their individual journeys. 

It's strongly recommended that you look into your own part of the fertility process by having a sperm test so that we can ensure we are tailoring our treatments to you.

If you suffer from stress, aches and pains please mention this in your treatment. Quite often, as acupuncture balances the body, other symptoms you may currently be experiencing can disappear. 

To achieve pregnancy, men need strong kidney energy - this supports both sexual and reproductive health.

You can expect your treatment to include a discussion on how you're feeling (particularly stress-wise) and then lie on your tummy to receive acupuncture and application of the chinese herb, moxabustion to support your system to focus on and re-balance your kidney energy. 

Acupuncture can help with:

 

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MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY

Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Acupuncture  has been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception. Treatments that affect sperm quality in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine can take a minimum of 3-4 months, so it’s best to start as soon as possible.

  • Abnormal Sperm.
  • Low sperm count (oligospermia) , Poor mortility (asthenospermia) , Poor morphology (teratozoospermia).
  • Varicoceles Enlarged veins round the testicles.
  • Erectile Dysfunction
    Mostly this is a psychological issue and temporary.
  • Treatments for men and women

Acupuncture for Both

The clinic offers some treatments that can benefit either men or women, so we've grouped them below for ease of reference. 

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IMMUNOLOGICAL FACTORS

Chinese medicine has been shown in studies to help regulate the immune system. In cases of autoimmune disorders and immunological fertility factors, acupuncture and specific Chinese herbs, often in combination with dietary and lifestyle changes, can help calm an overactive immune system, promoting a term pregnancy.

The modern diet and stress-filled lifestyles we often lead can wreck havoc on our hormones in multiple ways. Stress hormones communicate can lead to a cascade of signaling in our bodies, causing blood to divert away from organs like the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and can work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.

UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY

A diagnosis of unexplained infertility can be one of the most difficult to receive. One of the many strengths of Chinese medicine is the emphasis on the menstrual cycle health and its ability to make subtle changes to the cycle that can improve fertility, even when no issues can be found with medical testing.    Mo works  with the full spectrum of fertility patients from those just planning to start trying to conceive to patients coming for help after several failed IVFs or miscarriages.

Massage

Our specialist Masseuse, Alex Olds, provides a wide range of massages to suit all stages of your fertility and pregnancy journey.

 

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Fertility Massage Therapy

This is a deep; yet gentle, non invasive therapy that works by bringing the organs within the abdominal area back into alignment, releasing pressure and strengthening the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

This in turn will improve blood, nerve and lymph flows. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order.

The massage also focuses on breaking down scar tissue, helping to loosen harden debris (that has been accumulating in your gut for years) encouraging a natural movement and clearing both physical and emotional congestion, leaving you and your abdomen feeling lighter and freer.

Alex will discuss a series of treatments with you, which are tailored to where you are in your cycle and on your fertility journey.

Bespoke Massage

The bespoke massage is a relaxing mind body experience working on multiple spiritual, physical and emotional levels to promote inner well-being, peace and self-healing.

Hydrotherm Massage

Hydrotherm is a massage system, which places warm water-filled pads on top of a regular therapy couch. Your entire massage is carried out while you are face-up, on your back. Alex will slide her hands between you and the pads to give you your massage.

This luxurious and beneficial treatment provides deep tissue treatment whilst avoiding excessive pressure and serves both the mind and body.

The placement of the warm-water pads is designed to give your back perfect spinal alignment.  Thanks to the heat from the pads (30-40 degrees), a Hydrotherm massage can be beneficial if you suffer from neck pain, lower-back aches, or stiff muscles. The heat helps warm your muscles up, which makes Alex's movements more effective.

Hydrotherm Pregnancy Massage  

The massage begins with the client lying on their back face up, on warm water filled pillows that cradle the body. This unique application eliminates the need to turn over during the massage session. The therapist uses the natural gravity of the body to deeply address stressed and strained muscles.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Therapists do not claim to ‘diagnose’ or ‘treat’ disease or illness.  However, we can closely guide you towards optimising your health in a whole host of areas, not just fertility. But how can nutritional therapy help with becoming pregnant?

Although the reasons behind today’s high levels of infertility and miscarriage are largely unknown; there are so many factors which can be addressed to give you and your partner the best chances of conceiving a healthy baby.

In today's modern world we could be constantly exposed to a cocktail of hormone disruptors, and our bodies, which are very sensitive to these pollutants, may decide to shut down - this may be a factor in ‘unexplained fertility’.

The other factor is poor sperm health which can be a result of the food choices we make.  Fortunately men take only 70 days to make a sperm, so any dietary imbalances can be corrected relatively quickly.  Selenium and zinc are key nutrients which have been found to be very low in sub-fertile men.

Stress, weight management, (both over and underweight), and methylation problems for genetic  reasons  are just some of the other possible areas of investigation if you are struggling to conceive.

Everyone is different – and during a nutritional therapy session with me I will investigate the many possible reasons for infertility and come up with an individualised plan tailor made to you and your partner.

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Chinese Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is one of the most sophisticated herbal medicine systems in the world. Although CHM is relatively unknown in the West, compared to acupuncture, it is, in fact, regarded as the main part of the Chinese medicine and practised extensively in clinics and hospitals throughout China and Korea, alongside Western medicine.

Like acupuncture, CHM assesses and treats each person as a unique individual rather than being based entirely on a disease or its symptoms. Healing with CHM is based on the restoration of harmony and balance within the body.

Considerable research into many aspects of CHM has been conducted in China and the West, proving its efficacy and merit, especially for promoting fertility both for male and female including low sperm count, endometriosis, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), painful and heavy period. In Korea and China, CHM is extensively used alongside to IVF/ IUI protocols.

Chinese herbs are normally prescribed alongside acupuncture. After a thorough diagnosis, each person is prescribed an individual formula (typically 10-15 ingredients) correlating to that individual's pattern of internal disharmony. 

  • Formulas are crafted together to act synergistically and every ingredient is designed to accomplish a part of the overall process of restoring balance

  • On return visits, the herbal formula is adjusted or modified as the patient's condition improves.

  • Decoctions, powders, pills, syrups and medicinal wines are all ways to administer Chinese herbs.

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