Women’s health, reproduction, changes, cycles and hormones are an ongoing dance – And there are some days when changing the music seems like a really great idea! As women, we understand the fluctuations in mood and energy levels that accompany hormonal changes. Stress and anxiety add to the mix and there may be times when the overwhelm or lethargy get the best of you. This can take its toll on those trying to get pregnant and those on the verge or in the throes of menopause.
Acupuncture Treatment for Fertility Issues
“After trying for 3 years I’m finally pregnant thanks to Nancy. I was referred to her by my OB/GYN and liked her right away. I had treatments once a week for 12 weeks prior to IVF and 2 the day of the procedure, and we had success the first time! I have continued treatment once a month during my pregnancy and I feel great. I highly recommend Nancy’s services.” – Kathleen, San Jose, CA
Issues with infertility can be exhausting. The young women we typically see may need a little help getting pregnant. Stress, hormones (or both) have gotten the best of them and they come to Valley Acupuncture for help alleviating anxiety, reducing stress and balancing their hormones. We hear many a heart-breaking story as patient’s share their infertility journey before finding us. We are thrilled each and every time we are a part of starting a new life – it is ALWAYS a joy!
What if I Have Started IVF or IUI?
Many of our patients have already begun IVF or IUI – they come to us because they know, when done in conjunction with acupuncture, how much more effective these treatments can be. Scientific studies have been done that carefully examine how much acupuncture can make a difference when a patient uses assisted reproduction therapy.
A study that quantified this was: “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy.” The objective was, “To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.”
Patients using assisted reproductive therapy in conjunction with acupuncture had increased success becoming pregnant – in a group of 80 women in each group (acupuncture group & control group) there were 13 more documented pregnancies in the acupuncture group! You may read the study via the US National Library of Medicine – NIH – National Institutes of Health.
Patients who are already pregnant come to us because they are concerned – often these are first-time Moms or women with special circumstances regarding their pregnancy. They need a good ear, the wisdom that a life experience brings, as well as the systemic calm that acupuncture has on the nervous system. Ultimately, it is the combination of relaxed calm, renewed hope, knowledge, and perspective that improves the quality of a woman’s pregnancy.
Acupuncture Treatment for Menopause & Peri-menopause
Does acupuncture actually help women with menopausal issues? You bet! The emotional and physical changes going on in a woman at this time of life is are impossible to exaggerate. They are THAT volatile. While occasionally there is the lucky one who sails through with barely a hot flash, the vast majority of women find it an adventure at best – a LONG, drawn-out, exhausting, frequently debilitating adventure.
We see women who have taken great care of themselves and want to stay ahead of the changes ahead and we also work with women who feel absolutely wrung out. Typically, these are the women who have neglected themselves for years and find themselves on the other side of motherhood with an empty nest, a partner-less bed, soaked sheets and relentless insomnia. Your symptoms may vary.
Menopause, and even peri menopause, can be an unpredictable and chaotic. Day to day it is a new hormonal ride. Our aim is to calm your system and reduce the anxiety that often accompanies the odd aches, pains and mysterious menopausal ailments which Western medicine and many wonderful doctors have yet to diagnose or cure. We address stress relief, sleep issues, digestion and nutrition. As we improve a patient’s state of well-being and create a more stable foundation, we can better tend to, improve and often resolve more specific or chronic complaints.
If you have specific questions about your pregnancy or fertility/infertility situation, We hope you will be in touch. Nancy is available for a Free Initial Consultation so that you can determine if this is the right fit for you. Feel free to call 408-578-0106 or Email Nancy via our Contact Page.