"Tsao really changed my life . . . I got pregnant shortly after my husband and I began trying."
85% Success rate with Fertility and Pregnancy
Do you have unexplained infertility?
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. My signature fertility program, offers the best fertility acupuncture in NYC and 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.
The struggle with infertility is real, 7 million women experience this reality and celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Beyonce are courageous to come out with their personal experience with infertility. You may already have a child and are trying for another but it is just not happening! Getting pregnant is different each time, and it can be even harder to conceive after having a child. This is known as unexplained secondary infertility.
How does Chinese medicine and acupuncture help with fertility?
Chinese medicine and acupuncture has been helping couples with fertility for thousands of years by using a whole health perspective the practice can identify imbalances that may seem unrelated, but are obstacles to conception. This is where the western model fails because it has a microscopic view, and in this case “the map is not the territory”. A holistic approach addresses the whole person from physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual perspectives, versus bits and pieces. Stimulating the body’s natural healing powers helps to bring the individual into balance. Often solving the problem of infertility may be simple, and fertility acupuncture can help with low AMH, hormonal imbalances such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), regulating a cycle and improving egg quality and help prevent miscarriage, but requires time and commitment to healing the underlying cause.
We specialize in Fertility Acupuncture because it 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.
Improve egg quality, for women with low AMH, fertility is even more challenging and that follicles being produced are of the best quality.
Regulate and stabilize hormone levels, which can be problematic from being on hormonal birth control and with PCOS, or low progesterone.
Reduce the chance of and help prevent 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 or IUI.
Increase the quality of sperm in men, the concentration and motility.
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 fertility acupuncture can help with a host of fertility-related medical conditions, from sluggish sperm in men to cysts, irregular menstruation, PCOS 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 with no success or have suffered miscarriage. 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, with your personalized treatment.
One of the most frustrating things about infertility is that it can be hard to pinpoint an exact cause; with my numerous conversations with fertility doctors they find this a mystery as well. On the surface, it may look like everything is just fine or within “normal”, 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
Chronic colds and allergies
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in women; it affects about 1 in 10 women of childbearing age)
Elevated follicle stimulating hormones
Chronological and biological age (they’re not the same for every woman!)
Use of birth control
Emotions and stress
What we do to help you improve your fertility:
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 help give you every advantage to get pregnant…and have a healthy pregnancy.
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 $15,000 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 Success Programs
We have several options for optimizing your fertility through our signature fertility programs after your initial visit.
The Fertility Goddess - Essentials for Success 6 month Intensive Program
This fertility 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 freezing your eggs to preserve your future fertility success
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.
IUI/IVF Intensive (6 weeks)
IUI/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.
This program is appropriate if you are doing egg freezing.
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