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Acupuncture for Fertility

Optimize Fertility Naturally

Are you just starting to prepare for pregnancy?  Or have you been trying for a while (maybe a really long while)?  Either way,  I can support you on your journey to parenthood.

This approach can help boost your health at any stage of trying to conceive naturally.  It can also improve the odds when working with a fertility clinic.   Acupuncture is a safe, effective natural therapy that can help improve reproductive health and also manage pain, stress and anxiety.

What Can Acupuncture Help?

Unexplained Infertility · Endometriosis symptoms · Thin Endometrial lining · PCOS symptoms · Stress and subfertility · Advanced maternal age · Recurrent miscarriage · High FSH and more

How does Acupuncture Work?

One of the first questions I get asked is “how does this actually work for fertility?” Acupuncture works on several levels.

Promotes Healthy Circulation

Acupuncture helps increase blood flow to tissues, organs and glands of the reproductive system.

This benefits issues related to poor circulation or tissue constriction (ie. old scars).

Fresh blood flow helps circulate nutrients and sustains a healing response in the uterus and ovaries.

Reduces Effects of Stress

​Acupuncture is profoundly relaxing and elicits the ‘rest and digest’ response in the body. 

This is the body’s own innate healing response that is often inhibited in states of ongoing stress. 

These methods help you keep on top of stress and get the rest your body craves.

Supports IUI and IVF

Acupuncture fits in with all phases of your fertility clinic’s treatment plan.  It helps with side effects of medication and benefits sleep and digestion.

Studies show that a course of treatments has the potential to increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterine lining.  It may also decrease cramping at implantation and is linked to a lower chance of miscarriage.

A Powerful Blend of 100% Natural Therapies

A balanced combination of therapies to help you feel your best and on the way to a healthy pregnancy.

Acupuncture

Calm stress, promote circulation, help balance healthy neuro-endocrine communication.

Nutrition

Replenish with targeted nutritional support based on a ‘whole-body’ approach.

Arvigo® Therapy

Promote healthy blood, lymph and energy flow to the reproductive and digestive systems.

Barbara Poczyniak, R. Ac

Hello!

I’m a Registered Acupuncturist with a special focus on Women’s Health and Fertility. 

Each person’s journey to parenthood is unique and deserves a custom made plan. Addressing the root cause of a health challenge is a key factor in Traditional Medicine.  This wholistic approach often results in healing at a much deeper level.

Our natural therapies are gentle and will not interfere with any medications or your doctor’s treatment plan.  In fact, a combined approach can often be very effective when treating fertility.

Acupuncture and Arvigo® Therapy can help boost your fertile health on the way to a healthy pregnancy.

Get Started with a Free 20 Minute Appointment. Your time to ask questions and decide if this is for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take and will it work for me?

Each person’s situation is unique.  Most women start to feel changes after the first visit and implementing some simple actions – others may take longer.  We work with you to get you into the best possible health in order to get pregnant.

I've already tried Acupuncture. How is this different?

Acupuncture is a very powerful modality.  Traditional Acupuncture is based on treating the “whole body and mind”, regardless of where the pain or disease originates.  It works to help our bodies produce more endorphins (a.k.a “happy hormones”) and stops us from over-producing cortisol (stress hormone).  It also helps improve overall blood circulation (with special focus on reproductive system organs) and communication between the nervous and endocrine systems.  The results are amplified exponentially when we combine this amazing treatment with Arvigo® Therapy, Functional Nutrient supplementation and simple Mind-Body Techniques.

Do I have to pay for a package plan in advance?

No, we do not sell package or long term treatment programs which require you to pay for many visits in advance.  We aim to provide you with a realistic treatment plan schedule, depending on your needs and goals.  Usually we expect to see a shift in symptoms within the first few sessions; but each person responds differently to treatment. The length of treatment depends on many factors when addressing fertility concerns. You are free to pay for visits as you go and to stop at any time.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Your practitioner is trained in gentle yet very effective acupuncture techniques. We want to keep you comfortable and most of the time you will not even feel the needle at all. Acupuncture needles may sometimes elicit a slight momentary sensation, if any at all.  This is usually followed by a feeling of relaxation. The area being needled may also feel slightly heavy, tingly or warm.  These are some of the unique sensations that indicate that energy is being activated in the acupuncture point. 

Where do the needles go?

Acupuncture needles may be applied at various points on the body – it depends on the overall goal of each treatment.  We usually will put a few needles distally (hands and feet), as well as at other parts of the body which may include face, head (including ears), back or torso.  For most fertility treatments there will be a few key acupuncture points used around the abdominal area. 

Are there special fertility diets to follow with this?

We make dietary suggestions based on both contemporary evidence based knowledge and traditional food remedies based on the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We do not work with extreme elimination diets, but we recognize that successfully bringing down inflammation is an important part of treating certain fertility challenges.  Based on where you are at, we will assess what are a few key factors to implement that will make the most difference to you. We want you to work with suggestions that will bring results and be realistic for you to implement in your life.

Is Acupuncture covered by my insurance?

At this time Acupuncture is not covered by OHIP,  but is covered by many private health care plans. We provide a Registered Acupuncturist receipt for insurance purposes.

Check with your provider to see if Acupuncture by a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) is covered in your extended benefits plan. If it isn’t covered and you would like it to be – inquire with your company about how to add it. Most benefit plans are based on consumer demand, so if more customers ask for acupuncture coverage this can make a difference as to what types of therapies will be covered by your insurance plan in the future. Treatments by a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) may also be claimed as a medical expense in Ontario.

Are these long treatments? How much time do I need to spend?

The longest visit is the initial intake which will usually also include your first treatment session.  This will be up to 90 mins.  Follow up visits are shorter and typically 50 mins once per week or dependent on your custom treatment plan

Do I have to pay for special herbs or supplements?

We make recommendations for high quality nutritional supplements that will replenish and nourish your body in a way that you will feel almost immediately.  Depending on your needs and health situation this may mean one or more natural supplement products, but we prefer to suggest less rather than more. We do not sell supplements or prescribe Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal products as part of our services. 

Does Arvigo® Therapy hurt? What is it?

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are a gentle external massage technique and are not painful. The techniques work by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of energy and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.  This results in improved organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen.

Can I do this if I'm already doing IVF?

Absolutely!  Our gentle modalities are modified and timed according to your specific needs at each stage of the menstrual cycle.  They are safe to use whether you are currently trying to conceive naturally or are at any stage of working with a Fertility Clinic.  In fact many women report a reduction in any unpleasant side effects of fertility medication (ie. bloating, mood changes). 
If 
possible we recommend preparing with these natural therapies first, in the months or weeks leading up to starting IVF – but any time you can start will still be very beneficial. 

Do you offer Acupuncture on day of transfer?

Yes, we offer Pre and Post transfer Fertility Acupuncture either in-office at our location or by advance appointment at your IVF clinic location.