Infertility and low fertility can be stressful for couples who want to grow their family.
A woman’s menstrual cycle is unique to her. What is normal for you might be different to someone else’s normal. To optimise your fertility, you want to get to know what is normal for you, and how you can use that information to boost your chance of falling pregnant.
The average length can range from 24-37 days. If you have a health condition such as PCOS, your cycle length may fall outside of this window. The length of your cycle can be affected by many factors, including stress, medication, illness, liver function and dietary choices.
It’s not unusual to experience hormonal imbalances that disrupt your cycle. But the good news is that giving your body the right support can help to correct and maintain a healthy, regular cycle.
At Burnett House, we’re here to support you on your journey to start or grow your family. Our naturopath Trish and acupuncturist Jamie both have experience with working with couples experiencing low fertility or infertility.
By working with us, you will gain a clear understanding around the stages of your cycle and your fertile window each month. We will create a customised care plan using herbal and nutritional medicines and dietary support along with acupuncture treatments to support your fertility.
Can natural therapies help with infertility?
Natural therapies such as naturopathy and acupuncture aim to support your overall wellbeing and encourage the natural fertility processes. There are also some ways that they may help with optimising fertility.
For women, using natural therapies may help by:
For the best results, we often recommend combining acupuncture with naturopathic tools including herbal medicine and dietary changes. Some of the fertility issues we work with at Burnett House include:
A woman’s fertility is only half of the equation. Optimising a man’s fertility can often be the missing link that a couple needs to fall pregnant. The good news is that natural therapies can also look at ways to support male fertility by:
To support male fertility, we recommend a treatment plan that combines tailored herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle changes and acupuncture.
Can acupuncture help with IVF?
Studies have found that acupuncture improves the success rate of fertility when treatments occur before and after embryo transfer.
For best results, we recommend having acupuncture treatments prior to your IVF cycle to balance your hormonal health. At Burnett House, our acupuncturist Jamie works alongside our naturopath Trish to ensure that you are getting the best support leading up to IVF. This includes ensuring you are getting the nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy, as well as supporting your stress levels.
How can natural therapies help with my pregnancy?
Once you’ve fallen pregnant, acupuncture and naturopathy can help to support you and your baby’s health. They can also help to relieve symptoms and manage common conditions that occur throughout pregnancy.
During first trimester, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting and spotting. Acupuncture treatments and supportive nutrition advice can be given to encourage the health of the baby, and help to relieve early pregnancy symptoms.
If you experience mild morning sickness, small dietary changes may be enough to manage it. But if your nausea is more severe, acupuncture may help to strengthen your digestive system.
Some studies have shown that acupuncture reduces nausea, benefiting the mother from the first treatment onward. For managing morning sickness, it’s generally recommended to have two acupuncture treatments in the first week, followed by weekly sessions until symptoms subside.
If required, we can also offer nutritional support to aid with symptoms and ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs for a healthy pregnancy.
Another common complaint during first trimester is fatigue. Regular acupuncture may help to optimise your energy levels and aid with sleep. Naturopathic treatments and dietary changes can also support energy production and sleep quality.
Our acupuncturist Jamie can also look at underlying factors of fatigue such back pain, headaches and address it at the root cause with a combination of acupuncture and remedial massage.
Once your placenta has established, you will probably find that your digestion improves and your energy increases. Most women will enjoy the second trimester of pregnancy without concerns.
However, you can still benefit from acupuncture and naturopathy through the second semester. We are happy to support you if you’re looking to maintain energy levels, manage stress, address any physical pains such as back pain or continue to work on symptoms persisting from the first trimester.
During the final trimester, your tummy rapidly grows, changing your centre of gravity. The ligaments in your pelvis loosen in preparation for birth.
As your baby grows quickly in this final stage, you may experience some symptoms. Fatigue, back pain, disturbed sleep, shortness of breath and heartburn are all common symptoms for mothers in their third trimester. Acupuncture may help to relieve your symptoms as your body adapts.
As you approach the end of your third trimester, acupuncture and some herbal medicines may be helpful to prepare you for labour and delivery.
Are you looking for a team that can support you throughout your fertility and pregnancy journey? We’re here to help. Book an appointment with the Burnett House team