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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Recommend strongly for fertility treatments!!! – I have been seeing Cara for 9 months now. When I first saw Cara, I had six pregnancies of which five miscarried. I had been going to fertility doctors for 4 years after the second miscarriage. It did result in 1 live birth which I am very happy about. I went through numerous treatments with fertility drugs and IUI in hopes of having a second baby. Eventually, I gave up - the drugs were affecting me emotionally and physically and I was also advised by my fertility doctor that it would not be prudent to subject me to more drugs. I had heard that acupuncture was effective at treating fertility. My visits to another acupuncturist did not yield results. I moved back to Philadelphia and my previous acupuncturist recommended strongly for me to see Cara. Cara, from our initial meeting, provided a comforting and compassionate environment for me. She understood all the emotional and physical issues I was experiencing. Soon after seeing her, I became pregnant. She provided a holistic approach to keeping my pregnancy with a diet to make sure the baby “sticks” and herbs to keep the pregnancy strong. She was always available for my needs through visits, email and phone calls. I really felt she was personally invested in making sure the baby made it. I am now on my 39th week and happily anticipating the birth of my baby. This has been the most supportive and productive healthcare I have had and opened my eyes to a more balanced, healthier lifestyle with the use of Chinese medicine. She definitely does not take a cookie cutter approach to treating her patients, and customizes care based on a person’s needs and lifestyle!