Fertility and Pregnancy
When it seems like there’s a new baby born to the Hollywood A-list every day, and everyone around you is getting pregnant, it can be all too easy to think, “There’s something wrong with me!” But here’s the truth that never makes the front page: roughly 1 in 4 women will have difficulty with conception. If you’re struggling with infertility, or are just plain fed up with the pregnancy waiting game, there is help. Acupuncture has helped countless women to conceive and give birth to happy, healthy children, including many who have been told by traditional Western medicine that there was no hope.
"How would it feel to be holding your little one in your arms 9 months from now?"
Acupuncture has been clinically shown to…
- Improve blood flow to the uterus, which helps the lining grow strong and healthy enough to support an embryo.
- Reduce and prevent cramping, a common occurrence after an IVF transfer. Cramping is very disruptive to conception, as it can prevent the embryo from implanting in the uterine wall.
- Stimulate egg production, for women who can’t, or don’t want to, use fertility medication to help them get pregnant.
- Regulate and stabilize hormone levels.
- Reduce the chance of miscarriage.
- Reduce stress and promote deep relaxation, which are absolutely critical if you’re trying to get pregnant, especially if you’re undergoing any kind of traditional fertility treatment such as IVF.
One recent study showed that women who received acupuncture treatments before their IVF transfer were 65% more likely to have a successful transfer, compared to those who had a placebo treatment or no treatment. Another study found that acupuncture increases the chances of conception with IVF from 27% to 47%. Yet more studies show that acupuncture can help with a host of fertility-related medical conditions, from sluggish sperm in men to cysts and lack of ovulation in women.
After trying to get pregnant for almost two years, we decided to just slow down. I sought out Tsao’s help after a few friends recommended her. My focus was to just get healthy again, but I got pregnant after our very first treatment. Tsao’s treatments throughout my pregnancy always left me relaxed and energized, and I really enjoyed my pregnancy for the most part. I’m convinced that Tsao’s treatments really contributed to my happy and healthy pregnancy. PS: I had a baby girl!
— Andrea Panico, NYC
When my patients begin their fertility support sessions with me, they’re often frustrated and full of questions. They’ve been to the doctors and the fertility clinics (after trying for months “au naturale,” of course). Many of them have endured round after round of treatments. Yet they’re no closer to their dream of having a child. They’ve gone to specialist after specialist, made pregnancy their top priority (sometimes putting their whole lives on hold), and are “doing everything right.” Yet all too often, too many women have no answer to the most important question…
“Why can’t I get pregnant?”
The biggest asset on the journey to becoming pregnant is knowledge. Knowledge of the facts, but more importantly, knowledge of and being in touch with ones own body.
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” treatment when it comes to conceiving a child. I see it over and over again: there is no one answer, but many. And that’s where the holistic benefits of acupuncture can help.
Your body, your medical history, your personalized treatment.
One of the most frustrating things about infertility is that it can be hard to pinpoint an exact cause; fertility doctors find this a mystery as well. On the surface, it may look like everything is just fine, but it’s incredibly easy to throw your fertility cycle off balance.
Here are just some of the factors that can affect your fertility:
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in women; it affects about 1 in 10 women of childbearing age)
- Thyroid conditions
- Elevated follicle stimulating hormones
- Chronological and biological age (they’re not the same for every woman!)
- Use of birth control
- Weight problems
- Sugar imbalances
- Emotions and stress
What we do:
At your first fertility support session, we’ll take a good look at “the big picture” – your medical history, your history of fertility and conception, your current fertility treatments, and much more. We create a treatment plan tailored uniquely to you: your body, your needs, your unique pregnancy challenges.
Your treatments will always be in alignment with whatever treatment you’re currently working with. Because working with acupuncture is not about neglecting or rejecting Western medicine. It's about collaboration and going above and beyond traditional treatments.
Modern science is just catching up to what Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists have known for centuries: what seem like “fuzzy factors” – stress, emotional state, weight management, lifestyle – can add up to big challenges on the road to getting pregnant. No part of you – body, mind, spirit, life – exists in a vacuum, and these factors play a much bigger role in infertility than you might think!
Our goal is to…
Give you EVERY advantage as you try to get pregnant. Because, let’s face it – this infertility thing isn’t cheap. Doctors appointments, hormone therapies…a single IVF cycle can cost upwards of $25k. Even if your insurance helps to shoulder the burden, an average couple struggling with infertility can easily spend $10,000 on just the basics.
And you can’t put a dollar amount on the highest price: the emotional highs and lows and the endless cycle of putting your life on hold as everything else takes a backseat. Frankly, it doesn’t make sense to do anything less than give yourself every advantage.
It’s up to you to give yourself this gift. Nobody else can do it for you. One of my most important responsibilities when we work together is to remind you that YOU are the one who is taking this journey. Hopefully, your partner, family and friends are supportive. But ultimately, it’s up to you to get the answers you need, and the right treatment.
It’s about going from frustration to control, from struggling to get pregnant to conception…and ultimately, holding that happy, healthy baby in your arms.
Our Fertility Programs
We have several options for follow up programs after your initial visit.
The Fertility Goddess - Essentials for Success 6 month Intensive Program
This program is for you if:
- You are struggling with getting pregnant
- You’ve tried other types of reproductive therapy, including IUI, IVF or taking clomid without success (or with miserable side effects and worsening hormonal symptoms or you’re in the process of undergoing these treatments and would like additional support).
- You are serious and committed to treating underlying health issues and transforming for the sake of reclaiming your fertility.
- If you have had success getting pregnant but have difficulty holding the pregnancy
- You are over 35 and trying to get pregnant
- You are planning on trying to get pregnant in the next 6-12 months and a natural approach to conception and pregnancy intuitively makes sense to you.
IVF Intensive (6 weeks)
IVF intensive program is designed to get you in the best possible health for your retrieval, transfer and post transfer. Includes acupuncture sessions twice a week. Focused on relieving stress and optimizing your fertility to support you through IVF. Treatment before and after transfer, then once a week for two weeks. The package is ten sessions to be used by one person over 6 weeks.
For pricing, please see Programs and Policies.
"Tsao really changed my life. I got pregnant shortly after my husband and I began trying (I was on the pill for 6 years) and had a successful pregnancy. Tsao was so supportive and encouraging throughout the entire experience. Tsao showed me how much can be accomplished without resorting to pills and medication. But at no time does she discourage my Western medical treatments - with Tsao, everything works together to provide the best results possible. I feel so much better after my sessions with her." —Vanessa P., New York, NY
“I’d been seeing Tsao for around 3 years when I decided it was time to have children. Tsao’s treatments prepared my body to become pregnant and much of the treatment I received helped to relieve a variety of pregnancy-related ailments, including back pain, sinus congestion, and low energy. My overall health has improved greatly since seeing Tsao, but just as important are the noticeable improvements in how I feel. Tsao’s treatments are an excellent complement to Western medicine. And I enjoy our conversations during treatment!"
— Liz P., New York, NY