Indigo Integrative Health provides experienced and focused Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments for both women and men’s fertility issues. We help you prepare your body for conception, pregnancy, as we safe and healthy delivery of your baby. There is an immense body of research now that supports the use of acupuncture as well as low level light therapy aka laser therapy (LLLT) or laser acupuncture (non-needle) for increasing your chances of getting pregnant as well as carrying a baby to term – we can work with you from these approaches on a number of fertility-related issues, such as:
-Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual cycle)
-Primacy ovarian failure (POF)
-Elevated FSH / Low AMH (hormones)
-Luteal Phase Defect
-Thin Uterine lining
-Male Infertility – e.g. sperm quality and count issues
-Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
-Stress response on Fertility
-Advanced maternal age (or declining egg quality)
-Poor responders to fertility treatments
-And more …
We can also work with assisting you through:
-IVF Support and IUI Support
-Pregnancy Support (starting at week 8)
-Labour Preparation and Cervical Ripening (starting between weeks 34 – 36)
-Labour Induction (starting at week 40)
-Labour Support (during labour)
Acupuncture Treatments can start as early as 3 months prior to an IVF / IUI process, immediately before & after embryo transfer, during pregnancy starting at approximately week 8, or in general on the 1st day of menstruation in preparation for a successful and healthy pregnancy.
For those who are needle phobic, laser acupuncture is a great option, keeping in mind that studies have now shown that higher success rates occur with a combination of needle and non-needle acupuncture therapy.
How often should I come for Acupuncture?
The number of treatments will vary depending your specific situation: general infertility treatment vs. working towards IUI, IVF, or FET for example. Below you will find a general recommendation for various situations.
ACUPUNCTURE (LASER or NEEDLE) FOR GENERAL INFERTILITY
The recommended protocols are 6 treatments over 2 weeks until ovulation. This equals 3 treatments per week for 2 weeks. This approach is repeated if pregnancy does not occur.
ACUPUNCTURE (LASER or NEEDLE) IN PREP FOR IVF / IUI
The recommendation is to start treatment 3 months prior to your scheduled IVF / IUI procedure. 3 cycles are advised as it takes approximately 100 days to achieve optimal fertility levels. During this time, the advised protocol is 1 x/ week until the final weeks before
ACUPUNCTURE (LASER or NEEDLE) IN PREP FOR FET (frozen embryo transfer)
The recommended protocols are 1x / week for the 1st 2 weeks during oral hormone administration, then 2x / week until the day of transfer. This equals to approximately 6-10 treatments up to the day of FET.
ACUPUNCTURE (LASER or NEEDLE) FOR PREGNANCY (Pre-Natal)
You can start acupuncture any time after week 8, and regularly scheduled treatments are recommended. Most commonly, people come 1x / 2 weeks or 1x / month depending if there are specific concerns to be addressed e.g. nausea, constipation, fatigue
ACUPUNCTURE (LASER or NEEDLE) FOR LABOUR PREP
Starting at about week 34 – 36, you can prepare your body for baby! Recommended treatment times are 1x / week for 4 weeks up until labour onset or induction (if you choose).
ACUPUNCTURE (LASER or NEEDLE) FOR POST-PREGNANCY (Post-Partum)
Acupuncture is fantastic for issues post-partum such as energy, breast-feeding / milk induction / engorgement, re-tonifying the uterus, and others. General recommendation is 1x / 2 weeks for the 1st 2 months after delivery, and then 1x / month for the following 4 months.
If you feel that you would like to include Acupuncture in your Fertility journey, contact our office at 778 – 762 – 3099.
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