Female and Male Fertility
Treating infertility in both men and women with acupuncture and herbal formulas is one of Six Fishes specialties. In fact, research has demonstrated that Chinese medicine improves the outcome of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) by up to 42%. While some of our clients choose to use only acupuncture and herbs to support their pregnancy efforts, others use it to supplement Western methods of fertility treatment. Our team is highly experienced and comfortable with either approach.
Among the conditions that we treat at Six Fishes are menstrual cycle disorders, such as irregular menses or amenorrhea, premature ovarian failure and diminished ovarian reserve, elevated FSH levels, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Luteal Phase defects, recurrent miscarriage, tubal blockage, auto-immune disorders, low sperm count and poor sperm morphology. The most common diagnosis we encounter is “unexplained fertility.” If you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving, we believe you each can benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment.
We use customized herbal formulas to enhance fertility, which we coordinate with women basal temperature charts. Helpful forms and instructions can be found on the Learn menu
Acupuncture and herbs are proven to optimize your chances of implantation and full-term births. Research shows that acupuncture at the time of IVF and IUI transfer can improve outcomes by over 42%. Further, it can reduce stress and help you relax before and during IVF as well as minimize symptoms associated with ART treatment. Our practitioners can accompany you to your doctors clinic to optimize the success of your IVF
One of the great joys for Six Fishes practitioners is supporting our moms-to-be. We love supporting women during this very precious time. Chinese medicine is highly effective in nurturing a healthy pregnancy, by helping to prevent miscarriage, alleviate nausea, turning breech presentations, reduce swelling, promote labor, and so much more. We also offer prenatal massage to help our pregnant moms relax and to alleviate their back pain.
We love helping post-partum moms navigate the hormonal and physical changes during childbirth recovery. We are attuned to the needs of both new moms and dads during the “fourth trimester”. We encourage new parents to think of acupuncture and herbal medicine as an important resource to help balance the stress, sleeplessness, and overwhelm of new parenthood.
Low milk supply, cracked nipples, excessive bleeding, depression and anxiety can all be helped with our integrated approach. We love supporting babies too! Failure to thrive, low weight gain and colic may all be improved using gentle massage and herbal treatment.
- Premature ovarian failure
- Diminished ovarian reserve
- Elevated FSH levels
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Luteal Phase defects
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Tubal blockage
- Nausea in pregnancy
- Breech presentation
- Pain or other problems related to pregnancy
- Post partum depression
- Insufficient Lactation
- Low Sperm Count and Morphology
In January of 2016 I had an hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This test showed that both of my fallopian tubes were blocked at the midsections. Although never diagnosed, I believe the blockages were due to endometriosis, which caused scar tissue around my fallopian tubes. The fertility specialist that performed the HSG told us that we would never conceive naturally, ie without IVF. I came to Cara in May of 2016 with blind hope. The initial consultation was in depth and covered many aspects of my health, emotional state and lifestyle. I finally felt that I was being listened to about my health issues and concerns. She guided me through dietary changes and supplements after that initial 2 hour appointment. Then we started with acupuncture and herbs and I soon noticed a difference with my periods. We monitored my cycles together. Through the whole process I never let myself lose hope and Cara was my cheerleader through it all! In Jan of 2017 I felt it was time to get another HSG to see if any progress had been made. To schedule this I needed to see a fertility specialist. We went to a different medical office and this specialist took a brief glance at my chart from my previous fertility testing and continued to council me on IVF as my only option. The fertility doctor was reluctant to order me another HSG, but finally agreed to write an order for the testing. My GYN performed the HSG in February of 2017 and to everyone’s surprise, BOTH tubes were completely OPEN. Despite having turned 40, we conceived naturally the next month and now I have a very active (downright wiggly) 5 month old. If it wasn’t for Cara Frank my daughter wouldn’t be here. I can never thank her enough for my little fish!