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

IVF/IUI Support

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

Pregnancy

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.

Postpartum Care

 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.


Benefits

  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Elevated FSH levels
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Luteal Phase defects
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Tubal blockage
  • Nausea in pregnancy
  • Breech presentation
  • Pain or other problems related to pregnancy
  • Post partum depression
  • Insufficient Lactation
  • Mastitis
  • Low Sperm Count and Morphology

Testimonial

Marian S.

Simply the best – I found Cara four years ago when I was seven months pregnant with twins and looking for a practioner to help me avoid a C-section. No no one would see me—until I called Cara. I see her still, only now I’m recovering from cancer. Now as then, she helps me help myself. She provides truly person-centered care, taking the time to listen and respond. The new office is warm and relaxing and the herbs are awesome. I would follow her anywhere—she is the best.

— Marian S.