At Avellana we are committed to the view that healthy parents at the time of conception are more likely to have healthy babies. Our approach is based on many years of experience and the observation of hundreds of people who have taken the journey to become parents.
For some of our patients, acupuncture and herbal medicine are all they need to conceive, while for others it may be best to combine it with Western medicine. Either way we are here to support you. Following a detailed health history we will create a personalised three-month plan for you to increase your chances of conception.
Good food and a good work/life balance can go a long way to getting you in the best condition possible to conceive and grow a new life.
“Noeleen provides a very professional service given with excellent knowledge for any of the areas that I had issues with. She is always friendly and made me feel very comfortable at all times. Thank you so much for all your help in first conceiving and throughout my pregnancy. You made my dream come true.”
As you begin to think about starting a family, we encourage you to take three months to get in great shape. In the same way that a gardener needs to enrich the soil in order to nurture a plant, we believe that you need to invest in your health and prepare your body to grow and carry a baby.
If you have been trying to conceive for a while without success you may be feeling anxious, worried or discouraged. Here at Avellana all our practitioners are experienced when it comes to treating infertility and judging when Western medicine may be appropriate.
In our experience many women benefit greatly from a few months monitoring, careful timing, regular acupuncture, personalised Chinese herbal formulas and some positive adjustments to their diet and lifestyle, even if they have already had trouble conceiving.
Good clinical research has found that acupuncture has a normalising effect on reproductive hormones as explained in this study here, which discusses the effect of acupuncture on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis and concludes that acupuncture can regulate abnormal HPOA function.
It was not very long ago that infertility was considered a purely female issue. Most men who have healthy, viable sperm are fertile all the time, compared to women who are only fertile for a few days of each month. However, increasingly research has shown that the health, age, diet and lifestyle of a man can have a huge impact on his fertility and on the health of his sperm.
Male related factors account for about 30-40% of problems in conception. Sperm count is low in some men, or sperm may have an abnormal shape, preventing them to swim towards the egg successfully. It is now considered that male factor alone is indicated in 20% of all cases of infertility.
Other factors that can affect male fertility are alcohol, smoking, drug use, exposure to chemicals, obesity, low BMI and general diet and lifestyle.
Since fertility is about both partners we often recommend that male partners get a comprehensive semen analysis, so we can formulate the most appropriate treatment plan. Where problems are identified in the male partner we are able to offer treatment and support. Good nutrition, lifestyle changes, acupuncture and herbal medicine have been shown to improve semen parameters as well as improving libido in both partners.
In our experience some many of our male patients benefit from our personalised 3-month plan to increase your chances of conceiving. Depending on your personal needs, your plan may include:
• Chinese herbs
• An exercise plan
• Adjustments to your diet
• Lifestyle changes such as cutting down on caffeine
• Encourage men to get tested
• Encourage men to become involved in the IVF process. Our experience is that where both
partners receive treatment success rates are improved.
• Where couples are trying to conceive naturally, encourage men to come for treatment at
the time of their partner’s ovulation.
• Try acupuncture when there has been lack of libido, erectile dysfunction, varicoceles,
STD’s, urinary disease.
Recent research has suggested that using acupuncture with IVF increased the pregnancy rate to nearly 50% versus without and we see this every day in our clinic. We have experience and understanding of combining acupuncture with IVF and we usually see our patients prior to beginning IVF; ideally 6-8 weeks is optimal but not essential. Once our patients start their IVF cycle, they typically come in to see us twice a week during the stimulation phase. They then come in for one treatment before retrieval, one between retrieval and transfer, one just after their transfer and one a week after transfer to help maintain a healthy pelvic blood flow and to relieve the stress of waiting.
We usually see patients doing IUI once a week throughout, though we increase the frequency if necessary.
Acupuncture works to improve success rates of IVF/IUI by:
• Increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF or a medicated IUI
• Improving the effectiveness of the drugs given
• Relaxing the uterus and addressing uterine spasm after embryo transfer or IUI
• Reducing stress and offsetting side effects from the fertility drugs