Acupuncture for Fertility

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Acupuncture and herbs have been used for thousands of years to safely and effectively enhance fertility and to treat a wide variety of underlying fertility issues. Living in or around Portland means that your access to alternative care is full of choices. Specializing in the treatment of fertility means that I recognize the physical, mental, and emotional struggles that come with this journey, and I have developed many tools over the years to help treat them.

There are a variety of treatment options available to you:

Fertility preparation
For those of you who live in the Portland area and are planning to start trying within the next 6 months to 1 year, I will lay out a plan for you that includes acupuncture, herbs, nutrition advice, and self-care. You will learn how to read key fertility signs, and we will wade through any misconceptions you may have. You will learn a deeper connection with your body so that when you are ready to start trying, your odds will be increased. This type of treatment also allows us to catch any potential fertility issues before they impede your journey.

Fertility Enhancement/Treatment
For patients who have already been trying to conceive, and either know or are worried that they have fertility issues, a custom treatment plan will be made that includes acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and nutrition support based on my years of training, practice, and the latest in natural and western medical research. Your treatment plan will vary depending on whether you are seeking all-natural remedies or if we will be working in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). We will reassess often, and will make changes to your treatment plan based on changing symptoms and/or changing levels of medical intervention.

I have worked closely with ORM, OHSU, as well as with other Portland-area private Reproductive Endocrinologists, and can offer pre-IUI treatment as well as onsite pre- and post-IVF transfer treatment.

Miscarriage Recovery and Subsequent Pregnancy Prep
Helping women recover from miscarriage is dear to my heart. If you have gone through a loss, you deserve support, guidance, and understanding, whether you are in acute phases of recovery or in the stages of trying to conceive again. Your level of need will guide our individualized treatment plan. We will discuss your mental, physical, and emotional status, and I will make recommendations to assist in your recovery, including any blood tests that may be helpful for you to request from your OB-gyn.

I have a host of resources that I employ, depending on your needs and on where you are in your grieving process. You will have a safe space in which to discuss your loss, and to ask any questions about the implications of conceiving again. Your treatment plan will include nutrition therapy, self care, acupuncture, and possibly herbal medicine. I rely on my network of referrals when appropriate, and will help you heal physically and emotionally.

If you are looking to attempt to conceive after a miscarriage, we will make a plan to get you prepared physically and emotionally. My support will continue after you conceive, and at that time we will adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in treating the following fertility issues:

  • Unexplained Infertility
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Immunologic Infertility
  • Recurrent Miscarriage
  • Annovulation
  • Poor Egg Quality
  • Enhanced Maternal Age
  • Thyroid/Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Male Factor Infertility
  • Prolactinemia
  • Uterine Fibroids