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Natural Fertility Care
Our fertility program is led by the only ABORM certified acupuncturist in Milwaukee and one of only four in the state of Wisconsin. We are passionate about assisting couples on their journey to conception naturally and are knowledgeable in combining Eastern medicine with Western fertility treatment to encourage a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Fertility health and concerns can be sensitive and emotional for all parties concerned. Whether you are just starting to plan for your family or have been trying to conceive for a while, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can be helpful in nurturing and supporting your body for conception and a healthy pregnancy. At Orchid Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Milwaukee, we offer individualized treatment plans for couples to optimize ovarian function, improve egg and sperm quality, reduce stress, regulate immune factors, promote weight loss, and improve digestion and sleep.
Though infertility can be defined as “the inability to contribute to conception,” very few women are truly unable to conceive. Many women who believe they are infertile are actually out of balance because of an improper lifestyle, diet, stress and other factors that can all reduce fertility. A recent study found that using Chinese medicine over a 4-month period can improve pregnancy rates 2 fold over rates achieved with fertility drugs or IVF and can increase the success of IUI by 50%.
To improve a woman’s fertility, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can:
· Increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, which;
· Regulate hormones to encourage follicle development;
· Improve the endometrial lining
· Improve the quality of eggs;
· Improve the absorption of nutrients;
· Improve the quality of sleep;
· Reduce and manage stress better;
· Improve the immune system;
· Promote overall wellness and health;
· Decrease the chance for miscarriage;
· Reduce side effects of IVF medications;
· Increased sensitivity to reproductive medications; and
· Decrease uterine contractility post IVF embryo transfer.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can also specifically help a woman conceive if she is experiencing these challenges:
· Elevated FSH levels;
· Irregular menstrual cycles;
· Annovulatory menstrual cycles;
· Luteal phase defect (LPD);
· Advancing age;
· Poor eggs;
· Polycystic Ovary Syndrome;
· Uterine Fibroids;
· Thyroid/Autoimmune issues;
· Hormonal imbalances;
· Vaginal infections;
· Premature Ovarian Failure (POF);
· Thin or unresponsive endometrium; and
· Unexplained Infertility.
Though the focus of fertility treatment often addresses women’s health concerns, 30 to 40 percent of fertility issues are male-centric. At Orchid Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, we also treat male fertility issues.
To improve a man’s fertility, our services can:
· Improve sperm count;
· Decrease stress;
· Improve energy;
· Improve semen density;
· Increase sperm motility; and
· Improve sperm morphology.
If you are undergoing treatments to conceive, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can also help you. They can help prepare your body for and enhance conception in ART cycles for IVF, IUI and other ART protocols. Studies have shown that acupuncture improves fertility rates when it is used in conjunction with IVF preparation and as support for IVF protocols. It may also benefit you by lessening side effects of IVF and ART treatments, lessening some negative effects of IVF stimulation and enhancing implantation and pregnancy rates. For more information on how our services can support your IVF or IUI cycle, please visit our IVF and IUI Support page.
At Orchid Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, we believe your treatment for fertility concerns should be as unique as you are. Treatment for fertility often ranges from three to ten months, but the length and course of treatments are dependent on individual circumstances. Treatment not only can promote fertility and healthy conception, but is recommended through the first trimester and throughout pregnancy to encourage optimal health for mom and baby. For more information on acupuncture and Chinese medicine during pregnancy, visit our Prenatal and Postpartum page.
While many Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists offer treatments for fertility conditions, most have not specifically studied fertility health issues and corresponding treatments. Rebecca Staska Jankowski is certified by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She is one of only four acupuncturists in the state of Wisconsin to receive this certification. Our practitioners have done extensive post-graduate training in fertility health with leading experts around the country and the world and stay abreast of current trends and treatment modalities. We are dedicated to assisting women and men in achieving optimal wellness and balance in their lives.
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