Acupuncture for Infertility
Innovative Healing Center is here to help whether you want to conceive a child naturally or if you are looking for treatment to compliment western medical procedures like IUI, IVF, FET or surrogacy. Acupuncture will greatly reduce the side effects experienced from injectable fertility medications.
We offer a path to follow for a healthier body and lifestyle and can aide couples to conceive naturally. When you are vibrantly healthy and full of life your fertility will also be at a peak.
Our treatments have aided patients to begin ovulating and menstruating again through the natural regulation of hormones making people who have lost hope happy parents. Optimal results occur when the couple is treated simultaneously.
Natural and Complementary Support of IVF, IUI and FET Procedures
Our natural fertility enhancement program is comprehensive and will be tailored specifically for you. Treatments address any illness or imbalances which could be contributing to infertility and may include:
- Approved supplements and herbs
- Medical massage
- Dietary / lifestyle counseling
- Regular exercise / stretching
- Infrared heat therapy/electrical stimulation
- Licensed Professional Counselor available
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can improve reproductive health by:
- Increasing live birth rates
- Improving sperm count, motility and morphology.
- Regulating hormones and menstrual cycles.
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improved blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
- Reduced miscarriages
- Supporting thickness of the uterine lining
- Lessening the side effects of medications
- Enhancing the immune system
There are protocols for each phase of the menstrual / ovulation cycle. Symptoms and conditions such as PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), cramping or pain, irregular cycles or lack of ovulation, problems with menstruation and/or any other blockages like Endometriosis and PCOS will also be addressed.
ICSI is an acronym for intracytoplasmic sperm injection – which means to inject sperm into the middle of the egg. This procedure will usually result in normal fertilization in approximately 50 – 80% of eggs injected with viable sperm. Acupuncture is known to improve sperm quality and quantity.
Our natural fertility enhancement program supports a successful IVF/IUI implantation and conception. Acupuncture will greatly reduce the side effects experienced from injectable fertility medications.
It is preferable to prepare the body before IVF/IUI treatment begins, however, we can still assist, if your IVF/IUI program has already begun. Since 11AD acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been used in China for infertility treatment. TCM believes that early intervention with acupuncture, lifestyle adjustments and herbal tonics increases the success rate of conception and improves the number and quality of eggs/follicles.
The highest rates of conception occur when regular weekly treatment is given before and during the IVF cycle. Treatment is also recommended the day before egg extraction and on the afternoon of any fertilized egg implantation, these treatments help to relax the uterus for collection and enhance the “holding” function of the implantation.
Women Over 35
It is essential to improve monthly cycles and strengthen the body for pregnancy to lessen the chance of miscarriage. At Innovative Healing Center we work with you to get your body healthy and strong in order to optimize your chances for a successful pregnancy.
In approximately 40 percent of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility. (Reproductivefacts.org)
The 3 major factors for male fertility are sperm count, motility and morphology. Male sperm fertility has reduced dramatically over the past few decades due to poor diet, work stress and environmental pollutions. A change in diet, lifestyle, in conjunction with TCM and acupuncture can really help to improve a man’s over-all health and sperm quality.
Symptoms seen in men may include high levels of stress, irritability, worry, depression, fatigue, weight gain, sleep disturbances, and reduced libido. Too much or too little exercise also dramatically reduces sperm quality.
Treatments promote blood and energy circulation to the reproductive organs. Stress reducing techniques, anti-oxidants, certain good vitamin/mineral supplements and super food groups can all assist as well. Acupuncture and herbal treatments can increase sperm count and motility which is paramount in optimizing success. Studies have found that just 5 weeks of acupuncture can improve men’s sperm quality.
PCOS and Diet
Diet has a big effect on the functioning of the ovaries. Excess weight and /or lack of exercise will seriously affect the release and implantation of follicles and eggs. It also contributes to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which causes irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
If you’re overweight meaning you have a BMI of 25 or higher, losing weight can help regulate ovulation and boost fertility. Even losing 5-10lbs has a massive effect on the body’s hormone and insulin levels!
Other studies have found a link between PCOS, metabolism and Type II Diabetes with insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Too many sweet, oily/greasy and dairy foods can cause or exacerbate PCOS. In Chinese Medicine PCOS is classified as being a Damp +/or Phlegm condition that causes an obstruction to the fallopian tubes & uterus impairing implantation and fertilization. Acupuncture with herbs and diet can help bring this under control.
This condition is where endometrial tissue is growing outside of the uterus. Endometriosis produces mucus which can obstruct/distort fallopian tubes and ovaries, cause low progesterone levels, and abnormalities in the endometrium which prevents implantation of the fertilized egg and damages the sperm. An estimated 1 out of 10 women in the United States and 200 million women worldwide have endometriosis.
Symptoms include the following:
Some women experience no pain or any of the above symptoms, except infertility. Western medical treatment finds it difficult to cure endometriosis and use pain killers or surgery to treat it. From the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective if the women is ovulating and menstruating (albeit painfully), treatment can have positive results. Individual response varies depending on the severity of the condition. We teach self massage, heat application with essential oils, and use blood moving tonics and acupuncture to clear and reduce the endometriosis.
UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY – A Natural Balance
Unexplained infertility is a frustrating diagnosis. TCM offers treatment protocols to improve fertility. Generally, there are signs and symptoms that are important from our perspective that may not have meaning to Western Doctors. For example: “cold womb”, short or long cycles, overall energy levels, sleep quality and stress.
When these imbalances are addressed, the reproductive system can begin to function normally and the chances of natural conception increases.
DOREEN SIMONIAN, MA, MS, LPC-Intern, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern
National Certified Counselor
SUPERVISED BY JESSICA CALLAHAN, LPC-S
Life sometimes presents overwhelming obstacles, which can lead to anxiety, depression, grief, isolation, self-doubt, confusion and strained relationships. It takes great courage to seek counseling and I offer a compassionate and supportive space for you to create healing and growth.
One of my passions is helping those challenged by the process of building a family. This could be due to infertility, miscarriage or pregnancy loss, post-partum or post-adoption depression, stress regarding adoption, general anxiety, and the adjustment to parenting or living childfree after these experiences. I have gained insight and an intimate perspective into the issues you may be facing and the various paths this process can take. Feelings of isolation, hopelessness, shame, trauma, anguish, anger and relationship problems may surface. You may feel as though your body has betrayed you which undermines feelings of safety and security. Relating to your partner, family or friends becomes harder. This pain is often unseen but consuming. The deep sense of someone else truly understanding what this experience is like can be very healing. I can help you care for yourself at this very vulnerable time. During this rollercoaster of emotions, I hope to help you find validation, peace, strength and the ability to better manage daily life.
I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Psychological Counseling. I have worked in various settings including a non-profit adoption agency, counseling adoptive and birth parents. I am fully LGBTQIA supportive.
I invite you to take that next step today to learn how I can help you sort through difficult emotions and decisions and provide respite during this trying time. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey. You are not alone…
Clients: Adults of all ages
- Maternal Mental Health
- Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss
- Anxiety & Depression
- Grief & Loss
- EMDR Therapy
Payment: Self-pay, reduced rate
Tena has helped heal me in so many ways. I owe 2 successful pregnancies and so much more to her! She takes the time to listen to what’s going on and can always figure out a way to help you feel better. She’s the best! Rebekah B. (Google)
“After struggling to get pregnant and 3 unexplained, heartbreaking miscarriages, I began to lose hope and question if our dream of a baby would ever come true. In search for answers I started reading practically every fertility site and blog out there and I decided to give acupuncture a try. My Reproductive Endocrinologist provided a referral and I made an appointment with Tena. Within 3 months of treatment I was pregnant!! It was exciting to get pregnant so quickly, but I was very nervous due to the previous losses. Tena assured me we would do everything possible to make the pregnancy a success. I began acupuncture treatment weekly and week after week the pregnancy progressed. On August 6th our baby girl was born, full term, beautiful and healthy! I can’t believe our dream has finally come true. The only thing we did differently for this pregnancy was acupuncture and I have no doubt that acupuncture is a big reason the pregnancy was successful and an added bonus—pretty much symptom free! Words can’t describe the joy our baby girl has brought into our lives and we can’t express enough our appreciation for the encouragement and support from Tena and her staff.” Katie D.
“After being diagnosed with severe endometriosis and infertility, I was afraid that my lifelong dream of becoming a mother would not come true. My age, 41, only complicated things. Because my tubes were completely blocked, my doctor said our only option was IVF. The odds were stacked against us as the reproductive endocrinologist only gave us a 10-15% chance of success. I wanted to do all I could to ensure that we would have a successful IVF cycle. I read that acupuncture can not only help women conceive naturally, but it could help with IVF so I decided to give it a try. My first appointment with Tena was wonderful. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but any fears or uncertainties were quickly dismissed. It was reassuring to hear that she takes an overall approach to wellness and could offer guidance on nutrition, stress relief techniques at home, exercise, etc. I began my weekly appointments way ahead of our IVF procedures and I was happy that I did. The IVF process can be very stressful, and I believe the acupuncture helped keep my stress level to a minimum. I continued my weekly appointments as we worked through our IVF procedures. A couple of weeks after the embryo transfer, my husband and I received the news we had waited so long to hear – I was pregnant! I continued to see Tena throughout my pregnancy and we are now the proud parents of a beautiful and healthy baby girl! I truly believe that the acupuncture and Tena’s guidance played a huge role in our success. Thank you Tena!” K.W.
“As a woman in my early 40’s, I struggled with getting pregnant when we tried for our second child. After two years of traditional fertility methods, my doctor referred me to Tena Scarber to receive acupuncture to improve our chances of a successful pregnancy. I found it to be very beneficial to reduce stress and support my body through the fertility process. I always looked forward to my sessions and had more energy, better sleep and a general sense of well-being. THANK YOU Tena, I know your technique played a big part in our dream coming true! Our baby girl is the light of our lives”. J.A.
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