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Sydney Fertility Acupuncture Services

Improve your chances of conceiving through pregnancy acupuncture

It seems to be a growing trend that many Sydney couples, looking to conceive, are having trouble doing so. Many experts put this down to a range of lifestyle based factors including having kids later in life.

As a result, more and more couples are turning to fertility acupuncture and Chinese medicine to improve their likelihood of successfully conceiving. We offer pregnancy acupuncture services in Sydney that can effectively increase your fertility.

Joyful with positive pregnancy

How can our Sydney fertility acupuncture services help you?

Gynaecology and obstetrics have been specialty fields of Chinese medicine for around 2000 years. Today, acupuncture and herbal medicine continue to provide effective and natural solutions for all kinds of fertility issues.

Pregnancy acupuncture can improve your fertility in numerous ways. For women it assists in regulating the menstrual cycle. It improves the development of follicles which in turn improves egg quality. Acupuncture can be used to strengthen the endometrial lining, so when egg fertilisation has taken place, there is a suitable site for embryo implantation. Importantly, it also assists in controlling the effects of stress and anxiety on your fertility.

Chinese herbal medicine also provides an effective treatment tool, as well as or instead of acupuncture, depending on your individual situation. In most fertility treatments, acupuncture and herbal medicine are used together.

It generally takes around 3 menstrual cycles to correct any irregularities in the cycle, but you can usually continue to try throughout treatment. All treatments are gentle and safe and well matched to your individual situation, so there is no risk to the baby in the event that you fall pregnant.

Improve male fertility with acupuncture

For men, fertility acupuncture and treatment using herbal medicine can aid in improving sperm count and motility and in rectifying sperm abnormalities. It can also help to reduce the effects that stress can have on your body, including your sperm. Within a few months of treatment you should be seeing positive changes in your sperm test results.

IVF acupuncture support

While Chinese medicine can be used as a standalone fertility treatment, it is also a very effective support tool for those undergoing IVF.

Modern clinical trials have shown acupuncture, in conjunction with IVF, to significantly improve the chances of a successful pregnancy.

If you are considering IVF, it is helpful if you are able undergo 2 or 3 months of Chinese medicine treatment prior to beginning IVF to help prepare your body.

During IVF, you may or may not be able to use herbal medicine, depending on your circumstances, however acupuncture is always compatible and well tolerated.

Treatments  can be flexible and are able to take your individual circumstances into account, but as a guide, we generally suggest weekly acupuncture during the IVF cycle. Then towards the end of the cycle, treatments are timed with your egg collection and pre and post embryo transfer.

Once pregnant

Most people look towards getting pregnant as their primary goal. However there are 3 essential stages to successfully bringing a child into the world:

1) Conceiving
2) Pregnancy
3) Post natal care and breast feeding

Once pregnant, we provide support throughout your pregnancy and into early motherhood. If you have had some trouble falling pregnant, or if you have had any issues with previous, support through pregnancy is highly recommended.

Pregnancy support with Chinese medicine

Because falling pregnant is often such a big focus for couples, many once pregnant adopt the view that their job is done and now they just have to wait for nature to take its course. While this is partly true, nature will provide you with a baby (in most cases) at the end of the pregnancy regardless, you can (and should) still have a big influence over the quality of the pregnancy, for the long term health of both you and the baby.

Pregnancy support

General pregnancy support program

We offer a general pregnancy support program. The aim here is optimal health for you and the baby. It helps to regulate each step of the way and reduce the likelihood of issues arising through the pregnancy and labour (and beyond).

If there has been any kind of issue regarding being able to conceive, or with previous pregnancies, or if you have struggled with other health problems prior to conceiving, such a program is highly recommended.

Even if you’ve had no active health problems, and have had no particular trouble falling pregnant, you can still greatly benefit from such support and preventative treatment.

Prevention and treatment of pregnancy diseases

The treatment of pregnancy and post-partum diseases, was one of the very early specialty fields of Chinese medicine, and actually in the history of medicine worldwide.

In modern times, gynaecology and obstetrics is one of the most popular specialty fields of Chinese medical practice. This popularity is certainly owing to its effectiveness, but also its ability to provide a safe, natural, drug-free and side-effect free treatment.

If something is actively wrong during pregnancy, Chinese medicine can usually help. Issues include:

  • Morning sickness
  • Threatened miscarriage and spotting
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Slow growth rate
  • Breech presentation and poor positioning

As with most health conditions, it is always much easier to treat when you seek treatment at the first signs of trouble. For those choosing general pregnancy support from the outset, the likelihood of such problems arising is very low.

A calm mental state

It is understood in Chinese medicine that it’s not just the physical health of the mother that effects the baby’s development, but also the mother’s mental state. The two are very closely entwined and one’s mental state has a direct and immediate influence on one’s internal chemistry.

It is important not to neglect your mental state throughout pregnancy, thinking that producing the baby is a purely physical task. As you are putting down the emotional blueprint of the baby, everything must be as peaceful and calm as possible. A stressed and uptight mother will cause agitation in the womb and will likely have some influence over the baby’s emotional development.

There are stories from the courts of ancient China whereby pregnant women refused to look upon adverse colours, hear indecent sounds, or the utterance of arrogant words, and their children went on to achieve great things. Whilst perhaps a little extreme, they demonstrate the importance of a calm state of mind.

We can’t isolate ourselves from modern society, but do what you can to avoid stressful or upsetting situations, and actively seek out activities that bring about mental calm like light exercise, mediation, yoga, getting plenty of sleep, and of course acupuncture.

Preparation for labour – pre-labour acupuncture

Acupuncture is a great tool to help you prepare for labour. If you had to do one thing for the support of your pregnancy, this would be it. It is simple and effective, and usually involves 4 weekly acupuncture sessions prior to your due date.

The intention is to give you an extra bit of energy to get you through this last few weeks, keep you close to your due date, soften the cervix, relax the tendons and ligaments of the pelvis, and keep the mother and baby relaxed and calm.

It is understood that pre-labour acupuncture:

  • Reduces the likelihood of needing to be induced,
  • Reduces time in labour,
  • Reduces the rate of epidural use, and
  • Reduces the likelihood of an emergency caesarean.

Post-partum care with Chinese medicine

It is important not to neglect this ‘stage 3’ of having a baby. So often the mother’s health is put aside for the care of the new baby, but a decline in your health will very quickly have a flow on effect to the baby.

Here are some recommendations for the first few months of pregnancy.

First week after birth

It is essential to keep your bowels moving in the first few weeks, but particularly this first week. In this time after labour, it is very easy to become constipated. When the bowel does not open, and empty as it should, that region starts to heat up, and infections easily occur.

Most hospitals give new mums a stool softener to take. This is a must for preventing constipation. You can otherwise use a Chinese herbal medicine equivalent.

The other important aspect of care at this time is wound care. If there has been tearing, or an episiotomy, or a caesarean, these areas need to be watched closely for infection. Ideally, if there is a wound to be taken care of, proactive preventative treatment would be applied.

Modern medicine is unfortunately unable to offer much for the prevention of infection, however there are some very effect Chinese herbal treatments. Such treatment is great for preventing infection, reducing inflammation, healing the wound, reducing  the formation of scarring, and generally reducing recovery time. These herbs can also be combined with herbs to keep the bowels moving.

First month after birth

This is the lock-down, don’t leave the house and rest period. Don’t try to be a super mum and be seen at the local coffee shop with your new bub, 2 weeks after labour. Put household tasks aside, other than the bear minimum. You really shouldn’t be doing much, including leaving the house, in the first month. Be strict with visitors. This is a time for rest.

It’s important to do what you can to avoid catching a cold in this first month. Anything that can drop your body temperature brings on the risk of a cold. This means exposure to wind, cold temperatures and cold water, so stay warm and protected indoors. Keep your hair dry.

Not only are you more susceptible to getting sick during this time, but getting sick post-partum poses a greater risk of longer term health problems than at other times.

It is understood in traditional Chinese medicine that to develop a fever at this time, from a cold or constipation or infection, if not fully treated, can cause problems later on with the menstrual cycle and at menopause, and increase the risk of cancer later in life.

If you do get sick, treat early and treat completely! Gentle treatments like Chinese medicine are of great help.

First 3 months after birth

By the second month a good routine is usually found and things tend to take care of themselves. This period is really about keeping energy levels up and maintaining a good supply of breast milk.

There is not usually any need for preventative treatment here unless you’ve had previous issues. As mentioned previously, do jump on any problems as soon as they arise.

At this time, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are particularly helpful in treating:

  • Fatigue
  • Low milk supply
  • Mastitis
  • Post-natal depression

Treating the baby Your new baby can also be treated in need and Chinese herbs are easily given to a baby, orally with a dropper.

A mother’s health needs to be included in any assessment of a baby’s health. It is more likely that a baby’s health problem is something that has developed as a result of the mother’s health, than an issue that the baby has developed independent of the mother. Often a baby’s health problem is treated but treating the mother, not the baby.

When the mother takes Chinese herbs, yes they will be present to some degree in the breast milk, but this is a good thing. If a mother needs a particular treatment, it is very likely the baby will need a little bit of that treatment too. Of course herbs should only be prescribed by a registered Chinese medicine practitioner to ensure they are appropriate.