Dr. Bella Fooksman, D.Ac., L.Ac.
Fertility, IUI and IVF
For a couple striving to begin a family, failure to conceive, recurrent miscarriage or a diagnosis of infertility can be devastating; wearing down the body, mind and spirit of both partners.
Acupuncture can increase your chances of becoming pregnant and having a baby in the following ways:
So if you’ve suffered from recurrent miscarriage, contemplating ART, are undergoing an IUI or IVF cycle, have already had unsuccessful IUI or IVF cycles, or are simply looking for support to conceive naturally, we can help.
Whether in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology or by itself, Acupuncture can significantly enhance fertility if your issues are any of the following:
The good news is that the body yearns to reproduce - it is a biological priority, immediately following survival. Although Western medicine may often label infertility or recurrent miscarriage as "unexplained," Chinese Medicine can often "explain" it and treat it. Acupuncture has been used to treat both female and male infertility, as well as support pregnancy to full term, for thousands of years by encouraging the body to do what it wants to do naturally. Regardless of the method of impregnation, or the imbalance/pathology involved (with the exception of structural blockage or a complete lack of eggs ), Acupuncture can significantly improve the chances of conception, natural or assisted.
Our approach to helping you conceive is a holistic one, looking at all aspects of your and your partner’s health and wellbeing. Based on advanced post-graduate training and a multi-faceted treatment combining acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, nutrition & lifestyle recommendations we will help you conceive in the most timely, natural, least invasive, and cost-effective way possible.
In the past several years, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have been recognized to appreciably impact ART pregnancy outcomes. Both ongoing clinical trial data and recent meta-analysis show a statistically significant improvement in IVF pregnancy rate with acupuncture treatment. (BMJ 2008;336:545-549 (8 March), doi:10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE (published 7 February 2008 - "Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis").
Regardless of what diagnosis or label has been given to you, our approach is to treat the whole of you - restoring health, balance and well-being. With some gentle encouragement, your dream of conceiving and having a baby can come true. And we are proud to support all couples, and all roads to making that a reality.