If you’ve ever asked yourself… “Will I Ever Get Pregnant?” Read on to get the answers and the help you need to conceive a happy, healthy baby.
Over the past 9 years, I’ve helped hundreds of women in New York City achieve their dream of finally conceiving a child.
My patients are independent women who live and work in the Big Apple. They’re used to reaching out and grabbing what they want in life! But when they come to me for fertility support, the questions are almost universal, and so is a realization… “I didn’t think it would be this hard!”
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 who struggled with infertility to conceive and give birth to happy, healthy children. Some were told by traditional Western medicine that there was no hope.
First thing's first: does acupuncture work? You may have heard that acupuncture treatments can increase your chances of getting pregnant. But does it really work?
In many cases, yes! For centuries couples have successfully used acupuncture to help them conceive and recent studies have confirmed this ancient wisdom time and time again. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant on your own or you’re undergoing common fertility treatment such as IVF and IUI, acupuncture can significantly increase your chances of conception.
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
- Reduces stress and promotes 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 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 medical conditions, from sluggish sperm in men to cysts and lack of ovulation in women.
But ancient history and modern science only tells part of the story. The overwhelming evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness is best is found in countless success stories like these…
“I got pregnant after our very first treatment…” 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 – New York, NY
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 lives on hold if need be), 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?” And that’s a big problem. After working with hundreds of women, I’m convinced that your biggest asset on your journey to become pregnant is knowledge. Knowledge of the facts, but more importantly, knowledge of and being in touch with your own body.
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” treatment when it comes to conceiving a child. There are many factors that can influence your ability to have children, factors that start long before you are ready to have a baby. All too often, there are no clear-cut answers.
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 the exact cause and where the trouble lies. On the surface, it may look like everything is just fine. But it’s incredibly easy to throw your fertility cycle out of balance, especially if you’ve been on the pill for a long time.
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
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. I’ll 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 acupuncture is not about neglecting Western medicine. It’s about…
Going above and beyond traditional treatments Modern science is just catching up to what acupuncturists have known for centuries: what seems like “fuzzy factors” – stress, emotional state, weight management, lifestyle – can add up to big challenges on the road to getting pregnant.
While infertility can raise the question “What’s wrong with me?”, the real reasons behind it may be entirely mundane. Imbalances due to weight, sugar, the use of birth control, and the biggie, stress, are considered a “normal” part of our lives. 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!
These factors can get downplayed in traditional fertility treatments. But they are no less important, and in fact, in some cases, they may be even more so. I’ve worked with many women who did the rounds of traditional fertility treatments, and it was only AFTER they got these things under control that they became pregnant.
Our goal is to… Give yourself 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.
Even if you’re still at the point of trying on your own, the costs can add up. When you’re past the point of hoping it’ll “just happen,” it’s not long before you’re buying pregnancy kits, ovulation kits, nutritional supplements, making expensive changes to your diet… the list goes on and on.
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. You don’t have to settle for an “expert” who makes you feel uncomfortable or is perhaps even abusive.
Remember, you have choices. It’s about going from frustration to control, from struggling to get pregnant to conception… and ultimately, to a happy, healthy baby.
“Tsao really changed my life…” 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
“Tsao’s treatments prepared my body to become pregnant…” 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