Services - Fertility
Assisting women to conceive is Teresa’s passion and the main focus of her practice.

What could be more rewarding than receiving the good news that another patient has conceived with the help of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, with and without In-vitro-Fertilization (IVF) procedures?

At Kwan Yin Holistic Center, we feel that motherhood is the most sacred of vocations and we are committed to help every woman reach the goal of conception!

Below are a few frequently asked questions. Please contact Teresa directly with your own individual questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I come to you for my fertility needs?

A: Over the years, Kwan Yin Holistic Center has helped many women challenged by fertility issues to conceive and give birth. We realize the path to conception may be complex and we address fertility on many levels including the physical, emotional and spiritual. As such, we have designed our unique Holistic Assisted Reproductive Therapy (HART) Program to allow our patients the benefit of several holistic healing options bundled together at reduced rates! Our innovative list of services include: Acupuncture, Herbal Remedies, Moxibustion, Cupping and Tui Na, cranial electrical stimulation, aromatherapy, fertility relaxation tapes, Reiki, fertility stone healings, Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) and Psychic Readings. During your initial consultation, your provider will be able to help determine which therapies will work best to move you down your sacred path to conception and birth!

Q: What should I expect at my first session?

A: As most of Teresa’s patients are receiving acupuncture for the first time, Teresa walks you through the process step by step. Rest assured your comfort and successful treatment results are paramount to Teresa. To speed up your first appointment, please print out and complete the Fertility History and Fertility Worksheet forms and bring to your first appointment. The first session will last 1.5 to 2 hours. To assist in the comprehensive evaluation of your history, please bring any lab results, lists of supplements, medications you are currently taking and basal temperature charts, if applicable. Next, you’ll receive your first acupuncture treatment and if desired, you’ll be prescribed a specialized herbal formula.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: Treatment plans vary according to individual patterns. Sometimes as few as 1 treatment a week for 8 weeks, however depending on the diagnosis more likely 3 to 6 months of treatment and as long as 1 year at 1 - 2 sessions a week. Acupuncture makes very gentle shifts in the body's endocrine, blood, Qi and immune system, so there is an accumulation effect. Sometimes the desired effect can take up to 1 year. So with this in mind we begin to work on the journey, preparing the fertile garden for implantation. In cases involving IVF, treatments 2 times a week, at least 1 month prior are recommended, if possible. If not, at least a couple sessions, so that you can experience the relaxation and sensations (Qi/energy) of acupuncture treatment, prior to IVF procedure.

Q: Are acupuncture treatments recommended during the first trimester?

A: Yes! Acupuncture can help with nausea, allergies or depression due to hormonal changes. Every woman wants a smiling, happy newborn and we recommend the “Happy Baby” Treatment at the end of the first and second trimester. A golden needle is used to stimulate this very special point!

Q: Will my acupuncturist accompany me during the IVF procedure?

A: Yes. More information provided at initial consultation.

Q: Will my insurance cover costs?

A: Many insurance companies will pay for acupuncture, however many companies will not pay for fertility treatments. In advance of your appointment, please fax your insurance card to our office at 619-281-4322. We will contact your insurance company to determine your acupuncture fertility benefits.

Q: What Infertility western diagnoses have you worked with?

A: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are recommended for many western diagnoses in women, such as unexplained fertiltiy, recurrent miscarriages, reduced ovarian reserve and sub-optimal egg quality. In addition, hormonal imbalances, including those effecting the thyroid, pituitary and hypothalamus; issues including luteal phase defect, menstrual irregularities and complications, fibroids, cysts, endometrial abnormalities. Also included are fallopian tube obstructions, abdominal adhesions, pelvic inflammatory disease, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Diagnoses for women post-conception include: morning sickness, hypertension during pregnancy, breech presentations, prolonged or difficult labor, postpartum depression, postpartum fatigue, postpartum urinary retention, insufficient lactation, and mastitis. For men, these diagnoses include: low sperm count and poor morphology, and low libido.

Q: My western fertility doctor said that I cannot get pregnant naturally because I am over 40. Is it possible to raise my fertility quotient and become pregnant naturally with Eastern Medicine?

A: Yes, absolutely possible! In Chinese medicine one of the goals of fertility enhancement is to balance, energize and activate the energy pathways that make up the Penetrating, Conception, and Governing Meridians. These Meridian systems have strong correlations with our body's psycho-neuro-endocrine regions. Using acupuncture and herbal remedies we can invigorate and harmonize the hormonal systems in order to regulate menstruation and ovulation cycles. The first half of your phase is considered to be Yin and correlates with estrogen, whereas the second phase is considered to be Yang and correlates with Progesterone. We strongly suggest charting morning basal temperatures to better understand your particular hormonal cycle. Any irregularities in your chart can be modified with our Holistic Assisted Reproductive Therapies (HART) Program to enhance and increase your fertility possibilities!

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