Integrative Fertility Treatment
Welcome! Has trying to conceive been harder than you imagined it? Is your head spinning with all of the conflicting information out there around fertility? Are you wanting to optimize fertility but not sure where to start?
This is what we do at Natural Harmony. Above all, we value compassionate, connective, patient centered care, and frankly — we’re fertility nerds. Our mission is to help you achieve your dream of growing your family.
This is to say, we have successfully supported hundreds of couples in conceiving by providing individualized care that fits each person’s unique fertility needs. Our doctors are committed to offering the best in integrative fertility treatment, and we believe in you.
Our Fertility Acupuncturists are on Your Team
Often by the time a person or couple comes to see us, they have tried most everything under the sun to get pregnant and are feeling frustrated, exhausted, and unsure of their path to parenthood.
Firstly, please know that you’re not alone. Whether you’re trying to conceive organically or are preparing for an IVF or IUI cycle, we have seen cases like yours before, and we can help you navigate the often confusing terrain of reproductive health and fertility. For instance, in a typical week, we work with:
Secondly, we promise to partner with you, offering guidance, support and hope for each step of your journey. We know how brutal infertility can be, and we’ve got your back.
Above all, we believe fertility treatment from an integrative perspective should support patients from pre-conception through delivery and into the “fourth trimester.” The goal is not just to get pregnant, but also to have a thriving pregnancy, a healthy baby and a comfortable postpartum recovery.
Therefore, our integrative fertility clinic uses time tested and evidence based tools rooted in natural medicine to create customized treatment plans for each patient we see.
Fertility acupuncture has been shown to optimize blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulate the cycle to promote healthy ovulation and balance hormone production and reduce stress (1,2,3). This in turn promotes healthy egg quality, a receptive, lush uterine lining, and a happy, healthy fertile body. Plus, it feels great!
Optimal nutrition plays a vital role in healthy fertility, and knowing what to eat can sometimes be confusing — there’s a lot of conflicting information out there! Our team will go through your history with you and create a custom nutrition plan based on your unique needs.
Lab Testing + Functional Medicine
Along with using traditional Chinese medicine diagnostics, we will also take a detailed health history and will utilize both traditional and functional lab work as needed to gain a complete picture of your health needs. We are also happy to review any fertility lab work that was done in the past 3 years from other providers.
Herbs + Supplements
Herbs and supplements offer powerful medicine to regulate the cycle, improve egg quality and promote a healthy uterine lining. Your providers will create a custom herb and supplement regimen for you based on your cycle patterns and individual health history.
Stress management, healthy sleep, work life balance and a joyful quality of life all play a role in a successful fertility plan. Very often, our patients come in “tired and wired” and utterly burnt out trying to get pregnant (we get it — this process can be difficult!). Our team will help you rediscover tools to cultivate a balanced lifestyle.
Our integrative plans may support fertility in the following ways:
- Improve egg quality
- Increase blood flow to the uterus
- Decrease of blockages (cysts, polyps) that prevent the process of the egg and sperm meeting to create an embryo
- Improve uterine lining allowing for implantation to occur
- Increased blood flow for placenta growth and health
- Restores energetic balance in body/mind to create fertile ground to allow for a healthy pregnancy and birth
- Improves sperm morphology, motility & count
- Support labor and delivery
- Promote healthy postpartum recovery
Check out this short video about how fertility acupuncture can help:
Acupuncture For IVF
Our integrative acupuncture plans are an ideal compliment to IVF treatment because they can reduce stress, promote healthy blood flow and circulation, help to build a healthy uterine lining, may help to prevent recurrent miscarriages and more.
Additionally acupuncture can help to mitigate many of the common symptoms associated with IVF and hormone therapy including mood swings, fatigue and irritability.
We enjoy working in collaboration with other Fertility Specialists, Reproductive Endocrinologists, IVF Clinics, OB-GYNs, Midwives, Doulas and more.
Embryo Transfer Acupuncture
Studies show that acupuncture leading up to an egg retrieval, and then before and after an embryo transfer may significantly boost implantation rates. Acupuncture can be used alone to support fertility or in conjunction with IVF, IUI and other Assisted Reproductive Technology (4).
Acupuncture may support embryo transfers by:
- Improving blood flow to the cervix, uterus and ovaries, optimizing chances of easy implantation and a healthy, full term pregnancy
- Settling the nervous system and reducing stress. This will help you relax before, during and after the procedure
- Minimize symptoms common after embryo transfers
We collaborate with most San Diego IVF clinics, including but not limited to:
- San Diego Reproductive Partners/UCSD
- San Diego Fertility Center
- Hanabusa IVF
- Fertility Specialists Medical Group
- La Jolla IVF
Fertility Acupuncture for the LGBTQ+ Community
Natural Harmony Reproductive Health believes that all families deserve to have access to the best fertility support available. At Natural Harmony Reproductive Health, we are well versed in the processes that LGBTQ+ families may need to go through in order to bring a sweet baby into their lives, and are thrilled to offer fertility and pregnancy support the queer community. We welcome families of all shapes and sizes and are happy to work in tandem with reproductive endocrinologists, OB/Gyns, IVF/IUI fertility clinics, midwives, surrogates, known donors and others to support you in your fertility and pregnancy journey.
Yan-Pu, Yu, et al (2008), Immediate effect of acupuncture at SP 6 and GB 39 on Uterine Arterial Blood Flow in Primary Dysmenorrhea
Mo, X, et al (1993), Clinical Studies on the Mechanism of Acupuncture Stimulation of Ovulation
- Paulus, W., et al, (2002), Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy