At Mighty River Wellness, we are passionate about empowering women to work with their bodies in order to achieve optimal health. A specialty of our natural medicine practice is developing personalized treatment plans to help women with fertility challenges, IVF support, difficult menstrual cycles, and hormonal imbalances. During your treatments, you will enjoy blended organic essential oils, relaxing music and a serene environment. We also provide nutritional counseling, make healthy lifestyle recommendations, and prescribe effective Chinese herbal formulas tailored to optimize your current state of health.
GETTING STARTED ON YOUR FERTILITY SUPPORT
To increase the chances of conception, we work on individualized plans for overall well-being that help prepare a woman’s body for a healthy pregnancy. We begin by making recommendations for healthy lifestyle changes three months to a year before you plan to conceive. Together, we go through the steps of preconception: learning about the right diet to support your fertility, limiting toxins in your home, implementing solutions to reduce stress, and finding ways to support male fertility.
FERTILITY CHALLENGES WE TREAT
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance as well as metabolism issues that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is also a common and treatable cause of infertility. Symptoms include infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles are some of the common signs of PCOS. For example, you might have fewer than nine periods a year, more than 35 days between periods, and abnormally heavy periods. Elevated levels of male hormone may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), and occasionally severe acne and male-pattern baldness.
How We Treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) With Acupuncture:
We can treat the hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS and alleviate or eliminate the symptoms with acupuncture treatments that improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulate your cycle, and can improve your chances of conception.
One in ten women have been diagnosed with endometriosis, which causes painful periods and is one of the leading causes of infertility -- with more than 50% of women with endometriosis having difficulty becoming pregnant. Endometriosis is caused when tissue that resembles the lining of the uterus can be found growing elsewhere in the body, most commonly inside the pelvis, on the ovaries, the bladder, bowel, and fallopian tubes. During a woman’s monthly cycle, hormones stimulate these cells, causing them to grow, break down, and bleed. Symptoms include painful periods (dysmenorrhea), pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding,and infertility.
How We Treat Endometriosis with Acupuncture:
Our acupuncture sessions target the reproductive organs and can reduce or eliminate painful cramps. They also help maintain regular menstrual cycles to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Fibroids are abnormal growths, consisting of muscle cells and fibrous tissue masses, that can affect the reproductive organs and inhibit a woman’s chance of conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. When fibroids change the shape of the cervix and/or uterus, block fallopian tubes, or change the size of the lining of the uterine cavity, this affects how many sperm enter the uterus and interfere with the movement of the sperm or embryo. When fibroids inhibit blood flow to the uterine cavity, this decreases the chance of an embryo to implant itself to the uterine wall or develop. Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual periods lasting more than a week, pelvic pressure or pain, frequent urination difficulty emptying the bladder, constipation, backache or leg pains.
How We Treat Fibrosis with Acupuncture:
Regular acupuncture can promote blood flow in the pelvic area that can help reduce fibroids. We also educate patients trying to conceive on limiting your exposure to external estrogens and toxins to support your liver and ways to improve blood flow in the pelvic area.
Approximately one in five couples will be diagnosed with unexplained infertility, even after going through a complete fertility work-up. It might be that an egg is not released at the optimum time for fertilization, or it might not enter the fallopian tube. It might be that sperm are unable to reach the egg, or that implantation fails and fertilization simply fails to occur.
How We Treat Unexplained Infertility with Acupuncture:
Achieving optimal health is the first step. Our bodies are incredible machines that have the ability to tell us when something is wrong and and we can use acupuncture treatments to help your body, including your reproductive system, function. Your commitment and participation will help to optimize the success of your treatment.
A pregnancy loss can be attributed to genetic, environmental, circulatory immunologic factors.
How We Support Healthy Pregnancies with Acupuncture:
Acupuncture has a stabilizing effect on pregnancy. With our treatments, we are able to focus on reducing stress and regulating hormones to help maintain the mother-to-be’s overall health and provide the growing fetus with the best opportunity to thrive.
Low sperm quality overall can be a contributing factor to a couple’s inability to conceive. It is common for a patient’s semen analysis to be below average as a result of endocrine disturbances, low testosterone levels, exposure to medicines or environmental toxins, varicocele, increased scrotal heat, systemic diseases, smoking and alcohol, or testicular torsion and trauma.
How We Treat Male Infertility with Acupuncture:
Frequent acupuncture treatments can help to improve sperm quality and quantity. We also provide individualized wellness plans that include healthy lifestyle modifications to help increase the viability of sperm.
Learn more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9272232