Jennifer, age 34: My husband and I had been trying to have a baby for 2 years with no success. We had undergone all the normal fertility testing, and we both checked out fine. We had the option to pursue fertility treatments with medications and inseminations, but neither one of us felt comfortable with it. We decided to try acupuncture first, and Erika had been recommended by a colleague of mine. We felt comfortable with Erika right away and felt we were more in agreement with her natural approach. I followed her advice for weekly acupuncture treatments, my husband and I both started new supplements and made some changes to our diet. I noticed changes in my cycle and felt much healthier and less anxious than I had in a long time. Four months later we got our first positive pregnancy test!
The diagnosis of unexplained infertility can be the most frustrating one. It often leaves women and men feeling confused and frustrated, wishing they could have a reason to focus on and pursue specific treatment for.
The Fertility Clinic at Practice Longevity sees a large number of couples each year for assistance in the treatment of unexplained infertility. While conventional western medicine may not be able to provide answers to what the underlying obstacles are to a couple’s unexplained infertility, Chinese medicine examines in depth the signs and symptoms of the menstrual cycle, the couple’s lifestyle, overall wellness, and stress, to diagnosis and treat the underlying imbalances that are preventing pregnancy.
The first step in treatment for unexplained infertility is to determine what imbalances are evident in the menstrual cycle, and then work to correct them. At the same time, we work on developing a more fertile lifestyle through general wellness, nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. Treatment may involve both the hopeful mother and father, depending on what is appropriate to each couple’s situation.
If you are already working with a medical doctor and undergoing fertility treatments, your acupuncture treatments will be tailored to help your body respond better to the planned fertility treatments, while helping to correct the underlying imbalances that are preventing conception. This is important in order to be better prepared for the next cycle, if the current fertility treatment is not successful.
We encourage couples with unexplained infertility to follow a holistic treatment plan that works to enhance fertility for a preconception period of at least three months. We do see some couples who become pregnant in the first few cycles of treatment, but to establish correct hormonal balance and improve the health of both the eggs and sperm, the anticipated period of increased fertility begins several months into treatment. With couples that continue though this plan, we have seen many healthy pregnancies occur.
The Fertility Clinic is a specialty reproductive acupuncture center with expertise and experience in the treatment of female and male fertility.
Erika Foy is a board certified, reproductive acupuncture specialist with a strong commitment to the quality of care and support she provides to her patients.
The Fertility Clinic at Practice Longevity
4040 N. Calhoun Rd.
Brookfield, Wi 53005
The Fertility Clinic is located in Brookfield and provides acupuncture fertility services to the greater Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.
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