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At one time, infertility was considered a “female problem”.  We now know that males contribute up to 47% of the cases of infertility within a couple.  It is also much more common than previously thought, occurring in approximately 11% of all couples at some time during their reproductive lives.

Infertility – in women under age 35 – is defined as an inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sex or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. For women over age 35, the time frame is shortened to 6 months.  Many factors may contribute to this often vexing problem; stress, poor diet, environmental pollution, age, family history, hormonal or endocrine imbalances are a few.

This has become a common complaint as fertility rates appear to be declining in the industrialized nations of the world.
 

How Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine enhance fertility:

• Regulates the menstrual cycle
• Regulates hormones by reducing stress
• Improves blood flow to the ovaries & uterus
• Improves ovarian function – encourages production of follicles & enhances their quality
• Improves the thickness of the uterine wall lining
• Reduces uterine contractions after embryo transfer
• Reduces the chance of miscarriage
• Lessens the side effects of pharmaceuticals
• Enhances the immune system
• Improves sperm parameters (at least 3 months of treatment)
• Improves quality of oocytes (at least 3 months of treatment)

Treating infertility in both women and men – with acupuncture and herbal medicines – has been effectively used for thousands of years.  Historically, Chinese Medicine was used to keep the emperor healthy so that he could live to the age of 100 and father many children. This ancient knowledge has given us many effective treatments with both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for women and men trying to conceive. Chinese medicine can be used alone to achieve conception and a full term pregnancy and it can also be used in conjunction with conventional fertility treatments.

People who are trying to get pregnant for the first time, have had previous miscarriage(s), as well as those having trouble getting pregnant benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment.

Acupuncture treats fertility issues by creating a balanced flow of Qi and blood throughout the whole body, primarily along the Kidney meridian (which governs reproductive health).  Western methods and traditional Chinese medicine are not mutually exclusive. Some people may choose to use only acupuncture and herbs to help with pregnancy, while others use it as supplementary care to Western methods of fertility treatment.

I am happy to work with your MD/OB-Gyn/RE in your best interests.
 

Western Diagnoses successfully treated with Acupuncture & Chinese medicine:

– Advanced Maternal Age
– Amenorrhea Anovulation
– Elevated FSH Levels
– Endometriosis
– Dysmenorrhea
– Hormonal Imbalances
– Immunologic Infertility
– Luteal Phase Defect / Luteal Phase Deficiency
– Male Factor Infertility: low sperm: count, motility, morphology
– Ovarian cysts
– Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)
– Recurrent Miscarriage
– Tubal Blockage
– Unexplained Infertility
– Uterine Fibroids

 

Treatment Programs:

All acupuncture treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs of each patient.  However, gathering what is known from research and past experience, there are some general guidelines to be aware of and follow.  Ideally, it is best to consult with an acupuncturist at least 3-4 months before beginning any fertility treatment.  This allows the time to make the necessary diet, lifestyle, and exercise changes necessary to get the body into a more balanced, supportive state for increased fertility.  It also allows the time for the optimal number of acupuncture & herbal medical treatments.
 

Acupuncture & Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

It is ideal  to consult with your acupuncturist 3-4 months before beginning a fertility treatment involving Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to develop a treatment plan.  Generally, when combining acupuncture with ART (such as IVF, IUI, etc.), it is optimal to begin at least 1 acupuncture treatment per week for at least 3 months prior to the ART procedure. During the follicular stimulation phase (by pharmaceuticals), the acupuncture treatment frequency is commonly increased to twice per week.  Also, it is best to receive an acupuncture treatment 12-48 hours both before and after the ART procedure.

This office does not provide this service, but referrals in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas are available.
 

Natural Fertility Treatment

If you are hoping to achieve a pregnancy through natural means only, the average course of treatment is from 3-9 months.  Treatment frequency will depend on many factors including: age, general health, previous pregnancy history, menstrual irregularities, and the etiology of infertility (both Western & Eastern diagnoses).  In addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine plays a large role in the natural fertility treatment plan.  Lifestyle, dietary, and exercise changes will also be a very important part of the treatment plan.
 

Complicating Factors:

These following factors may result in a longer treatment plan and/or more frequent acupuncture treatments:
 
Women:
• near or over the age of 40
• previous history of taking fertility drugs
• undergone previous ART procedures
• polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
• experiences PMS
• elevated FSH level (7 or higher)
• history of endometriosis
• produces antibodies to sperm
 
Men:
• history of sexually transmitted disease
• history of urinary tract infections
• history of prostatitis or other urological issues
• chronic low back pain
 
I strongly recommend couples see this as the joint effort that it is.  Healthy women make healthy eggs and healthy men make healthy sperm.  Healthy babies come when healthy sperm and eggs meet.  This means treating both partners, if needed, after both have had appropriate examinations and testing.

If you are having problems trying to conceive, I recommend watching these videos from Randine Lewis, L.Ac., for concise & enlightening information:

1. The Uterus, Implantation & Receptivity

2. Male Fertility – Timing is Everything!

 
Please visit http://vailfertility.com for more fertility information.

What our patients say:

Sciatica and Hair Loss

I first found Kellie when I was suffering from what I thought was chronic Sciatica pain. After several sessions and some herbs, the pain dissipated and now I rarely have any flare-ups. During one of my sessions, Kellie asked me about any other concerns I had. I mentioned that my fine, thin hair seemed to be getting worse and I was afraid I would end up bald, not dissimilar from my mother. She started me on some herbs that I take three times a day and my hair is now totally different. After about five months, it is now thicker and has more body than ever. I was delighted with the sciatica treatments, but you know how we women are about our hair….I am thrilled.

Beverly T., Palm Desert, CA

2016-12-16T21:31:34+00:00

Beverly T., Palm Desert, CA

I first found Kellie when I was suffering from what I thought was chronic Sciatica pain. After several sessions and some herbs, the pain dissipated and now I rarely have any flare-ups. During one of my sessions, Kellie asked me about any other concerns I had. I mentioned that my fine, thin hair seemed to be getting worse and I was afraid I would end up bald, not dissimilar from my mother. She started me on some herbs that I take three times a day and my hair is now totally different. After about five months, it is now thicker and has more body than ever. I was delighted with the sciatica treatments, but you know how we women are about our hair….I am thrilled.

Carpal Tunnel pain

I had been having Carpal Tunnel symptoms in my left hand and forearm for about 4 months. I had already seen my other doctor and tried many “traditional” methods, but nothing worked until I tried acupuncture. After just one treatment, Kellie was able to get rid of all the pain and numbness that had traveled up my arm. That was almost 4 years ago, and the pain has never come back.

Mark, Dallas, TX

2016-12-16T21:34:33+00:00

Mark, Dallas, TX

I had been having Carpal Tunnel symptoms in my left hand and forearm for about 4 months. I had already seen my other doctor and tried many “traditional” methods, but nothing worked until I tried acupuncture. After just one treatment, Kellie was able to get rid of all the pain and numbness that had traveled up my arm. That was almost 4 years ago, and the pain has never come back.

Golfer’s Elbow and More

When I first met Kellie I had a very sore right elbow from playing golf. I play 4-5 times per week and the soreness really took its toll, not only on my scoring but also on my enjoyment of playing.
I had two acupuncture treatments from Kellie over the next two weeks. During these two weeks the pain began subsiding and was gone in a span of only three weeks. And all this time I continued to play golf.
During my second treatment Kellie asked me about the dryness of my skin. I shaved every day, but was using nothing on my face afterward. Kellie recommended I apply Pearl Cream after shaving. I tried it and it began working wonders. My skin is much smoother and my family and friends say I look 5-10 years younger after using Pearl Cream for just a couple of months.

Dave T., Palm Desert, CA

2016-12-16T21:30:54+00:00

Dave T., Palm Desert, CA

When I first met Kellie I had a very sore right elbow from playing golf. I play 4-5 times per week and the soreness really took its toll, not only on my scoring but also on my enjoyment of playing. I had two acupuncture treatments from Kellie over the next two weeks. During these two weeks the pain began subsiding and was gone in a span of only three weeks. And all this time I continued to play golf. During my second treatment Kellie asked me about the dryness of my skin. I shaved every day, but was using nothing on my face afterward. Kellie recommended I apply Pearl Cream after shaving. I tried it and it began working wonders. My skin is much smoother and my family and friends say I look 5-10 years younger after using Pearl Cream for just a couple of months.

Tinnitus & Digestion

It has been about 4 weeks since I visited your offices in Edwards to receive CranioSacral Therapy and Acupuncture and to tell you, honestly, I have never felt better!
To be specific – I went to visit you because my Tinnitus was pretty severe. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is not to have that ringing. And in addition, my entire digestive system is so free of bloating and discomfort. I have had no headaches or sinus pressure.
Kellie, the Chinese Herbs you mixed for me – I even like drinking that twice a day. I do not mind the flavor at all and just know it is helping my entire system to feel so much better.
I want to thank you both for listening to my tales about my body and for being so attentive to helping me feel so much better.
I look forward to seeing you both again about mid December.
My sincere thanks, again.

Patricia

2016-12-16T21:29:50+00:00

Patricia

It has been about 4 weeks since I visited your offices in Edwards to receive CranioSacral Therapy and Acupuncture and to tell you, honestly, I have never felt better! To be specific – I went to visit you because my Tinnitus was pretty severe. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is not to have that ringing. And in addition, my entire digestive system is so free of bloating and discomfort. I have had no headaches or sinus pressure. Kellie, the Chinese Herbs you mixed for me – I even like drinking that twice a day. I do not mind the flavor at all and just know it is helping my entire system to feel so much better. I want to thank you both for listening to my tales about my body and for being so attentive to helping me feel so much better. I look forward to seeing you both again about mid December. My sincere thanks, again.

Anxiety Relief

Under Kellie’s care, my anxiety has gone away and I am able to refocus on life. She takes care of me as a whole person – working on my physical conditions as well as the emotional, internal issues. She listens and provides insight into my body through thorough descriptions and explanations. I feel very comfortable and safe with Kellie and her treatments. Thank you!

Cindy, Edwards, CO.

2016-12-16T21:32:20+00:00

Cindy, Edwards, CO.

Under Kellie’s care, my anxiety has gone away and I am able to refocus on life. She takes care of me as a whole person – working on my physical conditions as well as the emotional, internal issues. She listens and provides insight into my body through thorough descriptions and explanations. I feel very comfortable and safe with Kellie and her treatments. Thank you!