Five main types of patients come to the clinic for help.
People that want to increase the successful rate and
effectiveness of ART including IUI and IVF.
Unexplained infertility patients
who are naturally trying to be conceived and to increase the
odds of a healthy pregnancy and child;
recurrent miscarriage prevention
People that have been diagnosed as infertile and for a variety
of reasons, such as
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS),
blocked fallopian tubes; imbalance
hormone with irregular menses;
Women with complicated reasons of infertility, such as
low ovarian reserve;
poor egg quality; intractable
thin lining; aged issue…
Male infertility, such as abnormal Semen Analysis (sperm
count, motility, morphology…); imbalance hormone, high stress
level, low libido, unsuccessful sex drives…
Please don’t hesitate to contact us 289.812.5518, if you need more
IVF and Acupuncture
As many of you know. IVF has been
covered in Ontario
from December, 2015.
Because of the lower costs, there are more people choose to do
IVF. Of course, there is a long-line for services in the western
fertility clinics. As you know only 1 IVF will be covered at a
limit of 1 embryo per transfer.
What better way to maximize the chance of that single transfer
working than by allocating some of the money you save towards
We suggest you to start TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), such
as acupuncture or/and TCM herbs 3 – 5 months before the embryo
transfer is the best way to maximize the quality of the single egg
you will be transferring.
Doing acupuncture in the 9 weeks leading up to your transfer is
the best way to improve your chances of the embryo transfer
turning into a successful implantation.
Especially, acupuncture sessions for pre egg-retrieval and post
egg-retrieval are suggested in 24 hours to help improving egg
quality and ovary recovering.
Highly suggested to do the acupuncture sessions for pre embryo(s)
transfer and post embryo transfer
hours to help higher the successful rate.
Common diseases and reasons connect with infertility:
is infertility that is idiopathic
in the sense that its cause remains unknown even after an
infertility work-up, usually including semen analysis in the man
and assessment of ovulation and fallopian tubes in the woman.
Perhaps it is the most frustrating diagnosis for those trying to
conceive because it does not come with a treatment solution or
clear insight into its causes.
1 in 10 experiencing infertility will be diagnosed with
For western medicine, couples with unexplained fertility are
either told to go home and keep trying or they are subjected to
different clinical procedures. Many of these patients are referred
immediately for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) which
includes cycle-monitoring, drug controlled cycles, IUI, and
In general, Chinese Medicine excels in the treatment of illnesses
or medical conditions that cannot be diagnosed by modern medicine.
Unexplained fertility is a good example of this. Acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine are successfully used all over the world
to help couples who have been given the diagnosis of unexplained
fertility to get pregnant and give birth to healthy babies. In
fact, a large proportion of the patients we treat at the Family
Fertility Clinic come to us with this diagnosis.
According to TCM, there is no such thing as unexplained
infertility. Therefore, we believe infertility is an indication
that your body is currently out of balance. According to the
principles of TCM, all of our patients will get unique and
customized TCM assessment to make TCM diagnosis.
In cases of unexplained infertility, there will be indications
where the problems and this will manifest as various signs and
Possible indications of fertility problems include:
- Menarche time
- Regular or irregular menstrual cycle
- Vaginal discharges and ovulation
- Severe PMS
- Premenstrual breast pain and headaches
- Premenstrual low back pain, bowel movements, acne
- Menstrual flow: heavy or scanty
- Clotty, color of menstrual blood
- Menstrual pain
- Luteal phase
- Follicular phase
- Medications taking
Each of the above indications is a physical manifestation of
imbalance in the reproductive system. Reproductive functioning is
maximized once the entire body is brought back into balance. This
imbalance always stems from an underlying root cause. The
infertility is not longer unexplained after our TCM practitioners
figure out what energetic imbalances are causing
the menstrual irregularities to appear. In addition, when we have
an explanation, we have a diagnosis, a treatment, and a remedy.
The treatments used to treat unexplained fertility in our clinic
are acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy and
lifestyle counseling. When your energy is rebalanced, your body is
restored to its natural state of health. At this time your organs
systems, including your reproductive system, will function as they
were designed to, and your ability to conceive will be enhanced.
Thin Uterine/Endometrial Linings
Thin endometrial/uterine linings are a
for women to have fertility, and specially implantation or even
miscarriage problems. Also, it is the major concern for the
fertility specialists to decide whether and when, you can proceed
in the IVF transfer process.
It is possible to identify the phase of the menstrual cycle by
observing histological differences at each phase:
Columnar. Also visible are helicine branches of uterine
Columnar. Also visible are helicine branches of uterine
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture
Chinese medicine excels at uncovering and correcting functional
imbalances in the body.
If your endometrial linings are thin, there is always a reason.
With the TCM assessment and diagnosis, we can usually discover –
and uncover – the imbalances that are preventing menstruation, and
conception. Treating this underlying problem with acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine is the best way to thicken your linings.
For patients have thin ling issue and are waiting for the IVF
transfer, we suggested 2 menstrual cycles ling-supporting
Often diet plays a big part. Eating protein-rich food, such as red
meat, eggs, dairy products, also can help increase your lining.
Ask about details at during your initial consult.
Low/Poor ovarian reserve
Low ovarian reserve: (also known as impaired ovarian reserve,
premature ovarian aging or declining ovarian reserve) is a
condition of low fertility characterized by 1): low numbers of
remaining oocytes in the ovaries or 2) possibly impaired preantral
oocyte development or recruitment. Recent research suggests that
premature ovarian aging and premature ovarian failure (aka primary
ovarian insufficiency) may represent a continuum of premature
ovarian senescence. It is usually accompanied by high FSH
(follicle stimulating hormone) levels.
Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatment.
The following information from
TCM: There are reports in the medical literature of successful
treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).For example, a
case history was published in 2003 by the Chang Gung Memorial
Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. Ovulation and pregnancy occurred after
the administration of TCM medicine using concentrated extracts for
a total of four nonconsecutive months in a 26-year-old women with
premature ovarian failure and secondary amenorrhea of eight years
duration. Her FSH, LH and E2 levels were 80.4 mIU/mL, 19.6 mIU/mL
and 25.8 pg/mL respectively. A modified version of zuoguiwan
(左歸丸 restore the left pill) was prescribed for three months.
After three months of treatment menstrual bleeding and a biphasic
body temperature were noted. The patient then discontinued TCM
therapy and at a new clinic commenced citrate therapy. FSH and LH
were still in the menopausal range (43 mIU/mL and 11 mIU/ml,
respectively) after eight months of citrate therapy. Ovulation did
not occur. She then returned to the first clinic and the same TCM
treatment was resumed (one year after first
commencing TCM treatment) and the patient conceived one month
later and subsequently gave birth by Cesarean section to a healthy
3450 gram baby girl.
PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome
(PCOS), also called Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a set of symptoms
due to elevated male hormone in women. Signs and symptoms of PCOS
include irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess
body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, difficulty getting
pregnant, and patches of thick, darker, velvety skin. Associated
conditions include type 2 diabetes, obesity, obstructive sleep
apnea, heart disease, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer.
Diagnosis is based on two of the following three findings: no
ovulation, high androgen levels, and ovarian cysts. Cysts may be
detectable by ultrasound.
It is one of the leading causes of poor fertility.
PCOS has no cure in modern medicine. Treatment may involve
lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise. Birth control
pills may help with improving the regularity of periods, excess
hair growth, and acne. In vitro fertilization is used by some in
whom other measures are not effective.
However, research shows that acupuncture is an effective way to
help PCOS through regulating the metabolic and endocrine system to
help ovulation occur.
Our own clinical experience backs up this research with great
success in helping women who have PCOS, not only ovulate regularly
and have regular periods again, but to get pregnant and give birth
to healthy babies. This includes both mild and heavy type PCOS,
even some women who may have not had a period since they were a
Prevent Recurrent Miscarriage
Recurrent miscarriage can be a devastating problem for a woman
and/or couple to go through. About 50-75% of cases of Recurrent
Miscarriage are unexplained.
Risk factors for miscarriage
include an older parent, previous miscarriage, exposure to tobacco
smoke, obesity, diabetes, and drug or alcohol use, among
Miscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy.
Among females who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is
roughly 10% to 20% while rates among all fertilisation is around
30% to 50%. About 5% of females have two miscarriages in a row.
Acupuncture administered once per week throughout the first
trimester physiologically increases the amount of blood (nutrients
and oxygen) that reaches the developing fetus, creating an optimal
environment for baby to thrive.
Combined with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture helps modulate
autoimmune reactions during early stages of pregnancy that often
result in miscarriage. Blood clotting that manifests because of
these conditions is also reduced, helping ensure the growing
embryo has adequate blood supply.
Acupuncture also reduces nausea and the high stress levels that
are so often associated with advanced maternal age pregnancies or
women that have miscarried in the past. When the mother-to-be is
relaxed, blood flow to baby is optimized.
Lastly, eating a diet of foods that are right for you allow the
body to more easily digest and produce vital substances (such as
blood) for the mother and
miscarriage patients, we usually
suggested to do the treatments in the first 12 weeks or 2 weeks
more than the longest previous pregnant week.
Fallopian tube obstruction
The fallopian tubes are fine muscular structures that are
responsible for getting the sperm to the egg and transporting the
embryo to the uterus for implantation. It is a major cause of
female infertility. Blocked fallopian tubes are unable to let the
ovum and the sperm converge, thus making fertilization
Approximately 20% of female infertility can be attributed to tubal
Most commonly a tube may be obstructed due to infection such as
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The rate of tubal infertility
has been reported to be 12% after one, 23% after two, and 53%
after three episodes of PID. The Fallopian tubes may also be
occluded or disabled by endometritis, infections after childbirth
and intraabdominal infections including appendicitis and
peritonitis. Because the most common causes of fallopian tube
damage is from pelvic infection and sexually transmitted diseases.
It is important that you get tested for STD’s and get treated
right away if any are present to minimize damage to the
reproductive organs these diseases can cause.
Chinese medicine works best if the structure of the fallopian
tubes has not been too damaged. Once the infection has been
cleared the blockage in the tube can be cleared effectively with
Chinese medicine. There is some research in China that shows
encouraging results using administration of Chinese herbs and
acupuncture to clear up the blocked tubes and restore
It is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the
uterus grows outside it. The main symptoms are pelvic pain and
infertility. Nearly half of those affected have chronic pelvic
pain, while in 70% pain occurs during menstruation. Pain during
sex is also common. Less common symptoms include urinary or bowel
Endometriosis is very common, with estimates of as many as 1 in 5
reproductive age women have some degree of misplaced endometrial
tissue with 30 – 40% of those women being infertile. According to
modern medicine, endometriosis is one of the most common causes of
infertility. Infertility occurs in up to half of women
The cause is not entirely clear. Risk factors include having a
family history of the condition. Most often the ovaries, fallopian
tubes, and tissue around the uterus and ovaries are affected;
however, in rare cases it may also occur in other parts of the
body. The areas of endometriosis bleed each month, resulting in
inflammation and scarring. Diagnosis is usually based on symptoms
in combination with medical imaging. Biopsy is the most sure
method of diagnosis. Other causes of similar symptoms include
irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and
Endometriosis has no cure in modern medicine and is
usually treated with NSAIDs
(Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to relieve pain, drugs to
control/minimize menstruation or surgical removal of the
Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas are significant
success for treating endometriosis. The condition is recalcitrant
and one should expect treatments of at least 3 months.
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If you have any residual questions, such as:
- When should I get acupuncture for fertility?
- How much does fertility acupuncture cost?
- What is it like getting fertility acupuncture?
- Can acupuncture affect ovulation?
Feel free to contact us by calling us at this number:
(289) 812 5518