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- Is there such a thing as fertility acupuncture in Melbourne?
- How does acupuncture help with pregnancy?
- What makes us so good at understanding infertility?
- How do we work with your primary health care provider?
- Let us help you take control of baby overwhelm.
- Why would you use acupuncture and Chinese medicine as adjunct therapy to specialist treatment and IVF?
- Male infertility.
- A Chinese medicine perspective on conception
- How our therapists support you each step of the way
- Melbourne acupuncture IVF support clinic
- The IVF process
- Acupuncture with IVF
- Cost and bookings
Many women and couples contact Qi Medicine looking for a Melbourne fertility clinic that does IVF acupuncture, or more natural fertility help. They may have heard that acupuncture could somehow help, and they are willing to try anything for success in having a healthy baby!
So, what does Chinese medicine have to offer?
At our clinic, we can offer a range of useful treatments, such as IVF support with adjunct IVF acupuncture, or acupuncture to help reduce pain and stress during your natural fertility journey.
It is important to understand, however, that we are not an IVF clinic, we are not IVF doctors or gynecologists, and we do not provide ‘fertility acupuncture’ – that is, there is no way the needles can make you pregnant! (Although this would be great if they could).
What we can absolutely do, is help you be in the best shape you can be for conception to occur with holistic approaches.
An update from research from 18th July 2020 shows that online fertility education material can increase their ability to make better fertility decisions . Imagine having your very own fertility coach through the whole process and into pregnancy?
Chances are if you are reading this, you would love to know more about how acupuncture works. As health professionals, it is our duty of care to help you understand what is, and what is not possible, with acupuncture and conception- so read on!
At Qi Medicine, our goal is to provide therapy that may help couples with stress and pain that comes with ICSI, IUI, IVF and other fertility treatments. Acupuncture simply helps to prepare our body in several ways for optimum fertile health (such as reducing the emotional pain and physical stress that inevitably comes with these processes), with the outlook to give you the possible chance of conception.
Getting pregnant can sometimes be a rocky road; there are many known factors that can affect a couple’s ability to start a family, including stress, diet, environmental toxins, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, etc.
Our team works with research and evidence-based approaches from Western medicines, marrying this with the balanced wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine.
There is also what is known as unexplained infertility, which can be quite distressing to couples who are ready to start a family. We want to help you understand how these factors affect you, so you might be able to overcome them in the most natural, easiest way possible.
Here in the clinic, we don’t like to leave things to chance. In order to get really clear of what is standing in the way of your reaching your goal of natural fertility, we undergo an intensive up to 150 point check before and during your initial consultation with us, and throughout your treatment timeline.
This is why we ask you to complete a comprehensive initial consultation form, plus ask a ton of questions before we even begin treatment! But our point of difference is being extremely thorough, and getting clear of all the factors at play.
In addition, we will ask you for a list of blood tests, scans, and tests from other fertility services, to help get a clearer picture of your likely success rate. Sometimes, other fertility specialists may wait until a number of failed assisted reproductive cycles before they request these, but we like to be on the front- foot, checking as much as possible so you can get the most out of your fertility services with them.
Only once we know what could be causing your infertility, do we then give you an action plan you can put into place straight away, and feel more in control of your health.
Our Chinese medicine doctors have great respect for other primary and ancillary health care providers- be they your IVF specialist, GP, gynecologist or physiotherapist. And we work together with your health care providers to ensure we provide you with the best treatment possible.
We certainly do not take an either/or approach to medicine. We believe that all therapies have something great to offer– so why not use the best bits from all of them? We think this is the best approach for you and your family, and we are always open to incorporating other therapies you may want to try.
When you meet with one of our practitioners, we assess your health from all angles, looking at both male and female reproductive health, diet, lifestyle, emotional and environmental factors.
As with all medicine (IVF included!), we can never guarantee or make promises as to your outcomes, which of course is mostly up to nature. What we can do is help set your body up for potential success, whether it be by natural conception, or through IVF and acupuncture.
Good fertility health cannot be determined by one factor alone. This is why we always encourage you to seek help from your fertility specialist or GP, who we may be able to collaborate with, who can also work on improving your chances.
The focus of our trained Chinese medicine practitioners at the Qi Medicine clinic is to help you achieve the highest level of wellness possible, minimise the stress and pain of fertility treatments, and to keep you balanced through IVF treatments.
The journey to success is never straightforward and can take time, but our compassionate therapists aim to support your physical and emotional health each step of the way.
Women’s health is so important to natural fertility and ivf treatments. There has been good quality research papers to suggest that the health of mums and dads during fertility treatments has a large role to play in the health of the conceived child. Maternal and paternal health before and during pregnancy may affect the risk factors for obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and even the mental health of a child.
It is also well understood that the health of mum’s and dad’s can affect their ability to conceive, with factors such as smoking, diet, stress levels, alcohol, and nutrient intake all affecting your chances.
Making positive habit changes and reducing stress isn’t always easy to do on your own, and sometimes you need extra help to regulate your system or reduce your stress levels, before thinking about having children.
This is where we feel that our offerings, when used as an adjunct to fertility treatments or IVF, really shines. We take into account gynecological issues, nutrient issues and lifestyle and habits, to help you reduce stress and pain and find greater balance in your life. Think of us as the team in your corner, helping you get some perspective and guide you through the process.
Currently, there is a laser focus on women and female health when it comes to issues with reproduction. And even though this is important, the father’s health, which is also equally important tends to be ignored.
One good example of a man’s health affecting fertility is in research showing us that male smokers have a lower sperm count and have shown sperm abnormalities, that could potentially prevent conception. Partners of male smokers are also likely to have more difficulties before they can get pregnant and they tend to suffer more miscarriages.
Looking at sperm motility and morphology and advising men with their diet, nutrition, lifestyle and stress levels are among the many ways we strive to support men’s health for healthy sperm and a healthy papa!
If you want to know more about how to help male fertility, one of our doctors can provide you with a tonne of useful and practical advice.
Compared to some Western medicine, the Chinese medicine approach is to spend time addressing issues that may be impacting your overall health.
Did you know that it takes around four months for a sperm to reach maturation? And although women ovulate monthly, chronic hormonal imbalances such as high stress levels and adrenal burnout can negatively affect a woman’s cycle.
Time spent on pre-care can help to reduce problems such as high stress, improving your health and vitality when it comes time to start trying.
Our experienced Chinese medicine practitioners can educate you, to help you understand your cycle and the process of conception. There is a delicate interplay of hormones that is good to get your head around, so you can be better prepared for fluctuations.
We work with you to help you understand the best time of your cycle to conceive naturally ( as with BBT tracking, cervical mucus, etc), plus what relaxation methods, exercise, and nutrition could be of benefit.
When looking to conceive, it is always prudent to address cycle issues that may be causing problems. Sometimes your issue may be that you fail to ovulate (anovulation) have irregular periods (oligomenorrhea), or even no period (amenorrhea). On occasion, your fertility may be affected by conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis.
Endometriosis and fertility is a major issue for many Australian women, with many worrying about the connection between endometriosis and infertility, or endometriosis when pregnant. Fortunately, Chinese medicine has a unique view and understanding on how to diagnose endometriosis and can be useful at treating endometriosis symptoms such as pain.
Read more about acupuncture for endometriosis pain here.
If you are having issues conceiving, it is always recommended you visit your GP or fertility clinic to undergo the standard Western medical testing to see if there may be an underlying issue, particularly if you have one of the above conditions.
For women, this may be a test for blocked fallopian tubes, a pelvic exam or laparoscopy, and a blood test, for men, this may be a sperm test, blood test, and a physical examination.
At Qi Medicine, we do not follow a one size fits all approach. We understand that everyone’s needs and medical conditions are different, so we do all we can to find the best treatment method for every couple. Our care plan may include the following:
- Working with your GP for a health screen to check for infections, tubal blockages, adenomyosis, endometriosis, hormonal health
- Detoxification, diet, and nutrition
- Management of stress and exercise
- Tracking and understanding your cycle (BBT charting)
- Pain relief
- Education on the natural fertility process and success rates of ivf treatments
- Environmental and lifestyle changes
Once we have determined which areas of health and wellness you need support, we will create your individual treatment plan with the intention of you achieving a successful pregnancy with our help.
We have a strong focus on emotional wellbeing through this process, and will actively use acupuncture and Chinese medicine to reduce stress and pain throughout your journey, making the whole process easier to manage.
We understand how worrying and tedious the IVF process can be. We know how difficult it is to keep numerous several appointments, scans, plus the financial burden and the emotional strain this can place on you and your partner.
IVF is a very different process from natural conception/ natural fertility. There is a regime of special drugs to assist in the maturation of the follicle to create a viable egg (blastocyst), over an above what your body would produce naturally.
In addition, you may undergo ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) to help the sperm fertilise the egg outside of the uterus. The state of health of both you and your partner during this process could impact the overall success rate of IVF.
In the IVF process timeline, your fertility cycle is managed with medications and close monitoring, and it is often a game of wait and see, to tell if you are a good candidate for egg retrieval.
Because each person is different, individuals react differently to medications, so your fertility clinic will often need to experiment with different combinations of medications to get it right. This can often mean several IVF injections and can increase the cost of IVF.
IVF in Melbourne is growing in popularity, so much so that fertility clinics can barely keep up with demand. Unfortunately, this may mean that sometimes couples are not taken through the IVF process and IVF success rates as thoroughly as they could be- leading to an increase in the cost of IVF with multiple rounds and egg retrievals.
The acupuncturists at Qi Medicine have a solid understanding of the fertility and IVF process and can act as your guides to help fill in the gaps and help you get a better understanding of your fertility ground. IVF in Melbourne can be costly, and we want you to have as few rounds as possible!
Watch our video on why your IVF is not working, and what you can do about it.
Acupuncture with IVF: How acupuncture works with IVF
It is generally accepted amongst health professionals that high stress can adversely affect IVF success rates, and so acupuncture is a useful and powerful tool couples can use to manage this factor. acupuncture IVF support works quickly and easily to reduce stress and pain, and will not interfere with IVF drugs in any way.
In addition, we provide acupuncture IVF support by helping them understand how Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture can work alongside the IVF procedure, plus letting them know what steps they can take to make the process easier. Our practitioners aim to educate and empower, whilst supporting your health as much as possible with natural medicine.
We will look at your fertility diagnosis, consider your current state of health, and work to rebalance your system from a Chinese medicine perspective. This gentle approach can be a useful adjunct therapy to IVF, and a great stress-buster when things get a little overwhelming. We want you to have a little bundle of joy as much as you, and will do whatever we can to help you through the IVF process!
So, even though fertility acupuncture in Melbourne isn’t actually a thing, there is so much we can do to support you in many other ways.
Which assisted reproductive IVF clinic is best?
We take referrals from and recommend a number of Melbourne IVF fertility clinics, including Monash IVF, Centre for Infertility (dr Nicholas Lolatgis) , City Fertility, Melbourne IVF and other obstetricians and midwives working privately.
We also recommend a number of Melbourne IVF fertility doctors/ fertility specialists:
Looking for an IVF fertility clinic in Melbourne? Here are just some of those with ivf treatments we recommend.
Dr. Nick Lolatgis (Monash IVF): We have found Dr. Nick Lolatgis (also at Centre for Infertility) to be a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated IVF specialist. Dr. Nick works hard to think outside the box for fertility treatments and is especially adept at assisting with long term unexplained infertility, and Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Dr. Lynn Burmeister (No.1 Fertility): Lynn is a nearby fertility expert who is deeply acquainted with the IVF process. She can take a holistic approach when needed and is an early adopter of potentially beneficial therapies.
Dr. Manuela Toledo (Melbourne IVF): Manuela at Melbourne IVF fertility clinic is an extremely empathic and open-minded doctor, who regularly explores all options that could be leading to your infertility. One of the leading doctors of IVF Australia, Manuela should be a top consideration if you have had a challenging or complicated fertility journey.
Dr. Melissa Cameron at Melbourne IVF Has an interest in working with women with endometriosis and fibroids and is extremely thorough in her investigations and fertility testing. Melissa is also keenly interested in helping same-sex couples, people who are transgender and gender diverse, and single women create a family through the Melbourne IVF donor programme.
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The clinic is located at Suite 4, Level 1, 151 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds. (Please ensure you take the ground floor elevator to reach us or level one.)
Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West.
We also close to Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone, and we are just 10 km from Melbourne city.
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