National Infertility Awareness Week is April 23-29

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 23-29

According to, 1 in every 8 women may experience difficulty getting pregnant and sustaining a pregnancy. This week, April 23-29, is National Infertility Awareness Week. Established in 1989, National Infertility Awareness week seeks to reduce the stigma and educate the public about reproductive issues, and empowers those affected by this common issue.

At Six Fishes, we get it. We want you to feel comfortable, know you are supported in your journey, and get the results you are looking for.

Infertility is something commonly treated here at Six Fishes, using methods such as acupunctureChinese herbs, nutrition and BBT chart analysis. Whether you’re conceiving naturally, or with assisted reproductive treatments, our goal is to help you optimize your fertility as well as your overall health, . 

If you come in for infertility related reasons, you may be asked by one of our practitioners to fill out a Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Chart throughout the month and between visits. This chart is used for tracking your basal body temperature, or the lowest temperature your body attains during rest, and other bodily functions to determine when you are ovulating. A great app that we like using is Kindara (and it’s free!). It is important to note that fertility issues stem from one of three factors; one-third is of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner, and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained. At Six Fishes, we specialize in treatment for both men and women.

The same information from also mentions that 85-90% of infertility related cases are treated by drug and surgical therapies. Here we like to take the holistic approach to it, and have seen many successful results, no surgical tools needed. We even have a whole fertility-dedicated section on our blog!

One of Cara’s recent favorite success stories is of a patient with blocked fallopian tubes due to endometriosis. Over the course of a year, using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas, herbal compresses and abdominal massage, her tubes were found to be open! The next challenge was that her ovarian reserve was low. By switching strategies, she conceived within 2 months.

If you are in the process of planning your family and need some additional assistance, we would love to have you join our free community workshop, The Receptive Nest on June 4th, where we’ll discuss strategies to help optimize your fertility. For more information check out our event page.

We’d love to partner with you on your journey to improve your fertility. Schedule your appointment here

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Well, where to start. I found Cara via a circuitous route of desperate calls and failed visits to Chinese ‘professionals’ to complement my traditional medicine. I’d been to Chinese doctors who, though I’m certain ‘knew their business’, were unable to extend a personal and caring element that I immediately felt when I contacted Cara.

I knew as soon as I spoke to her on the phone, and spent a full 1/2 hour telling her of the myriad of coexistent problems I was experiencing. Though initially I contacted her for womens’ health issues and simple gallstones, eventually, I ended up with very serious health concerns that she was able to assist with as well. She weaves her natural approach to care with a solid awareness of traditional approaches, and – on the rare occasion when purely natural approach is not sufficient on its own – will recommend a solid combined approach.

She is not focused solely on her own type of care, if a combination of several ends up helping her patient. It’s not even a question as to whether I would recommend her. I’ve done so repeatedly in the more than 10 years I’ve known her!

Pros: visits are like a 4year old to the cookie jar – comfortable warm surroundings, with goodie benefits