For several thousand years, acupuncture and herbs have been used to support fertility.  Several conditions that often respond well to Acupuncture, Maya Abdominal Massage, and herbs include: basic preconception care, anovulation, hormonal imbalances, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts, tubal blockages, stress related dysfunction, regulating the menstrual cycle, invigorating the sperm, raising low sperm count and motility, and other unexplained reductions in fertility.

Acupuncture is also a very helpful adjunct therapy to modern reproductive techniques including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), frozen embryo transfer (FET), and intra-uterine insemination (IUI). We have worked with hundreds of women with different conditions or causes for reduced fertility.

Modern Research
A study published in the Fertility and Sterility journal found the acupuncture improves
pregnancy success rate by 50% in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization. Paulus W, et. al.,
Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction
therapy. J Fertility and Sterility, 2002 April;77(4):721-4.

The Basic Treatment Plan
Treatment plans will vary based upon your individual needs. In general, most women need a minimum of 3 months (at least three full menstrual cycles) of Maya Abdominal Massage and/or Acupuncture to help adjust any imbalances. We offer each modality separately or in combination for a more comprehensive treatment plan. We also educate our couples on lifestyle and nutrition, recommend herbals and work closely with NDs and other health care practitioners when needed. We strongly suggest that women begin charting their menstrual cycles and observing fertile signs using the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). FAM can be a priceless tool, mapping your entire cycle and learning of any challenges early. For more information, check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility at www.ovusoft.com.

Maya Abdominal Massage and Acupuncture are also very helpful in the treatment of male factor fertility issues including morphology, motility and stress.  Naturally, couples undergoing treatment together have a higher success rate.

For those using ART…In general, we like to have women wait until after this basic treatment plan to undergo any assisted reproductive procedures. You will go through a lot during those procedures, physically, emotionally, spiritually…. so the more in balance you can become prior, the better your chances of success. However, Maya Abdominal Massage and Acupuncture will still be helpful if you are scheduled to start with assisted reproduction sooner. Treatments at Zoe Lotus Healing Arts can help reduce your stress levels, help reduce the side effects of any medications, and help your body stay in balance to support the uterus for implantation.  So whether you are scheduled for IUI, IVF, or FET,  Maya Abdominal Massage and/or Acupuncture can be a wonderful, supportive and empowering technique.

No known hormonal, menstrual or fertility issues?  Maya Abdominal Massage and Acupuncture are incredible techniques for basic preconception care! Gently align the womb, balance hormones, prepare the body for pregnancy.

At Zoe Lotus Healing Arts you are not simply receiving a treatment, you are nourishing your body, mind and spirit in preparation for conception, pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond.  Take the time to take care of yourself.

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