The journey to parenthood may not always be smooth sailing for couples facing fertility issues. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can work as a complement to IVF and IUI or as an alternative treatment to improve your chances of conceiving.
Confinement can be a particularly stressful period as you have to take care of the baby while your body is recovering from the toils of the delivery process. Find out how TCM can help nourish and restore your body’s balance during this crucial period.
Children have vastly different body constitutions from adults and are prone to falling sick due to weaker immune systems. TCM combines gentle paediatric massage and herbal treatments to improve your child’s delicate constitution and build up their resistance against illnesses.
From the TCM perspective, pain arises due to congestion of Qi and Blood or deficiencies in the body. TCM treatments help to ease the blockage of Qi and Blood, triggering your body’s self-healing ability. Say no to painkillers and find out how TCM pain management treatments can benefit you.
Stroke causes oxygen-deprivation in parts of the brain, resulting in damage to brain cells and affecting abilities controlled by those areas of the brain. TCM treatments help to improve blood circulation and boost oxygen supply to the brain and also helps to dissipate blood clots for faster recovery.
Skin-related issues can be a real nuisance and may affect your confidence in social settings. Skin being the body’s largest and most visible organ, is closely related to the Lung and problems usually arise from various internal imbalances. These imbalances are often due to toxin build up, Lung heat, Stomach heat, heat in the Blood, Blood or Yin deficiency.
If you always feel weak and unwell, but medical reports indicate that you do not have any serious ailments, you may be in a state known as “Sub-health”. TCM treatments are effective in restoring your health to optimal levels by treating the symptoms and fortifying your body on a holistic level.
Need TCM treatment but unable to make it to the clinic? Be it for yourself, an elderly or your unwell child, our physicians can now treat you in the comfort and convenience of your preferred location island-wide.
We understand that the journey to parenthood may not always be smooth sailing for all couples, especially when it comes to fertility issues. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has more than 2,000 years of history and is commonly used as a natural, alternative treatment method on its own. TCM for fertility is also being adopted as a complement to IVF and IUI treatments. Acupuncture for fertility, is one common TCM modality that you can opt for to improve your chances of conceiving.
Natural fertility treatments are holistic treatments aimed at boosting fertility and enhancing the chances of natural conception, without the use of invasive medical procedures or prescription drugs that may have adverse effects on the mother and child. One common treatment is acupuncture for fertility, where acupuncture needles are used on selected acupoints in the body, by boosting blood flow to reproductive organs and balancing hormones to facilitate natural conception. This fertility treatment has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinics in Singapore.
Who should consider Natural Fertility Treatments?
Couples who wish to boost fertility without invasive procedures and have been cleared by their fertility doctors to do so.
Couples who have mild fertility issues that are treatable without the need for surgery (e.g. lifestyle-related).
Couples who have exhausted all other options to treat their fertility issues.
Couples who do not wish to go through the physical and mental stress of a medical procedure.
How do TCM treatments boost fertility?
Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture, an ancient practice that helps in promoting natural conception and boosting fertility in women, involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on your body (acupoints) to help alleviate pain, unblockchi or life energy, and increase blood flow to the organs, thereby restoring balance to the body.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Fertility
Individual Chinese herbs are known to have their own “energetic nature”. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these herbs are used to balance the disharmony in the body by removing excessive body toxins and treating deficiencies. TCM clinics often offer Chinese herbal medicine in the forms of tea and food supplements alongside acupuncture for fertility to promote natural conception.
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Acupuncture can increase blood supply to the pelvis and uterus to support healthy ovarian function. This in turn can support healthy ovulation, embryo implantation and increase the chances of a stable pregnancy.
Acupuncture is known to improve immune system and regulate reproductive hormones. It can be used in improving egg quality and thickening the endometrium lining.
Harmonise Body and Mind
Whether is it to move the Qi energy, tonifying the reproductive system or calming the mind, we can help you to optimise your physical and mental health to conceive naturally.
TCM herbs are used to address sperm count, motility and morphology.
Acupuncture can support ejaculatory dysfunction, erectile dysfunction and libido.
Both acupuncture and herbs are aimed to improve your body constitution and treating other factors that may interfere with conception.
What takes place during your first TCM Natural Fertility consultation?
You will meet with our TCM physicians for a detailed consultation. This includes getting your medical history, prior test results, and finding out more about your lifestyle and dietary habits. Don’t be surprised when you are asked to stick out your tongue for a visual inspection and have your pulse taken before your physician arrives at a diagnosis.
Your physician will then draw up a treatment plan comprising acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine, specially tailored for you and your body. Your physician will provide advice on dietary adjustments by introducing foods that increase fertility and eliminating foods that negatively impact fertility. As your test results from the gynaecologist will help the physician refine the TCM diagnosis, do remember to bring along all your earlier test results for the first consultation.
Couples who have not sought any consultation and wish to have a holistic fertility assessment from both Western and TCM perspectives can also opt for our Holistic Fertility Consult, which includes consultation with both our TCM Physicians as well as a Western fertility doctor from Thomson Fertility Centre. Find out more on www.thomsonfertility.com.sg.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is a Natural Fertility treatment cycle?
Typically three months and above. Your physician will let you know if you should be trying to conceive during this time.
How often should I come for Natural Fertility treatments?
Regular treatment is required for the cumulative effect of TCM treatment to take place. For optimal results, you should visit your physician at least once a week, or as advised by your physician.
Should we seek treatment as a couple or is treatment for one of us sufficient?
The journey to parenthood requires efforts from both parties, so we strongly encourage that the couple seeks treatment together for optimal outcome and greater emotional support throughout the process.
How does acupuncture help with fertility?
The primary cause of female infertility is hormonal imbalance, which aside from medical conditions, can also be caused by external factors like stress. Acupuncture can help to unblock Qi energy, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and relieve stress, thereby restoring balance to the body and supporting fertility in the process.
When should you get acupuncture for fertility?
If you want to give acupuncture for fertility a go, the recommended time to start is at least three months before trying to get pregnant at a frequency of at least once a week. Acupuncture can be done before, during and after IUI/IVF treatments.
Can acupuncture help you get pregnant?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has over 2,000 years of history of being used as a natural, alternative treatment to improve the chances of conceiving. It can increase fertility by balancing hormones, reducing stress, and improving blood flow to the reproductive organs.
How successful is acupuncture for fertility?
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in conjunction with IVF where pregnancy rate is higher for those who did regular acupuncture. More and more reproductive specialists are open to having their patients doing acupuncture in conjunction with Western treatments to optimise the success rate of pregnancy.
What does acupuncture do for infertility?
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to boosting fertility without the use of invasive medical procedures or prescription drugs. It involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to optimise the 3 main organs related to fertility – Kidney, Liver and Spleen. If you are undergoing IUI or IVF, acupuncture increases success rate by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase. It also relaxes and reduces the uterine spasm after embryo transfer, supporting embryo implantation. At the same time, acupuncture also addresses the side effects of the fertility drugs and calm anxiety.
Does acupuncture help with unexplained infertility?
Unexplained infertility is when after a series of diagnostic tests—blood work, ultrasound, etc.—and the results are good, you are still unable to get pregnant. Acupuncture can help to address issues such as Qi flow, blood flow or coldness in the uterus which often affect conception and cannot be detected in lab tests.
This approach takes the entire health into consideration instead of zoning in on a specific body area.
IVF & IUI
What is IVF and IUI?
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intrauterine insemination (IUI) are two common Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments:
IVF involves the combination of the eggs and sperms in a specialised laboratory to create embryos. The embryos are then selected and transferred into the woman’s uterus, through her cervix, to enhance the chances of pregnancy.
IUI is when the sperm is collected in advance and placed into a woman’s uterus when she is ovulating.
Both of these are controlled procedures commonly used to improve the chances of pregnancy.
Acupuncture also helps to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, and this is an essential factor for the success of IVF or IUI.
Reference: Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Reference date: 26 August 2018, from https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(11)02859-7/fulltext
How should I time my acupuncture treatment with my IVF/IUI schedule?
BEFORE IVF/IUI treatment: You are encouraged to start your acupuncture treatment at least three months before your IVF/IUI treatment commences. This allows sufficient time for your physician to prime your body for the IVF/IUI treatment. Frequency: Typically once a week.
DURING IVF/IUI treatment: Your first acupuncture session will take place after you have started on ovaries stimulations to produce more follicles as part of your IVF/IUI treatment. Frequency: Typically twice a week.
For IUI: The last session usually ends 10 – 12 days after IUI treatment is completed.
For IVF: The last session usually ends 10 – 12 days after the embryo transfer is completed.
AFTER IVF/IUI treatment: When pregnancy is confirmed, acupuncture session is recommended. This is to provide a stable pregnancy journey. Frequency: Typically once a week. Until the end of the 1st trimester.
What are the effects of the acupuncture sessions at different stages of my IVF/IUI treatment?
BEFORE IVF/IUI treatment:
Calms patient and relaxes the uterus.
Primes the body to ensure optimal condition during IUI/IVF treatment.
DURING IVF/IUI treatment: (during follicle stimulation phase)
Strengthens the Spleen and Kidney to enhance their response to the Follicle Stimulation Hormones (FSH).
Supports the Liver to improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, thereby improving the quality of follicles and thickening the endometrial lining.
AFTER IUI cycle or IVF embryo transfer:
Improves circulation and reduces stress.
Improves blood circulation to the uterus, thereby maintaining implantation and nourishment of embryos for a healthy and successful pregnancy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come for acupuncture if my IVF doctor is not from Thomson Fertility Centre?
Yes, you can. We have been supporting patients from both private and restructured hospitals with our TCM fertility treatment services since 2009, complementing IVF and IUI with our Acupuncture for Assisted Reproductive Technology (AART) treatments. Our TCM centres are located conveniently near the various fertility service centres so you can easily visit us for your AART appointments.
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