Infertility is a common condition for couples in the United States. About 2.5 million couples are diagnosed with infertility each year, and 6.1 million women ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Some reasons for infertility are lack of ovulation, aging, sperm disorders in males, and abnormal conditions of the cervix or fallopian tubes.

Acupuncture originated in China 4,000 years ago, and can help with all stages in the fertility journey from conception to delivery. It can improve fertility by increasing uterine and ovarian blood flow, regulating hormones, reducing stress, improving sperm count and quality, and strengthening the immune system.

In Chinese Medicine, the menstrual cycle needs to be regulated first. Patients are treated for 3 to 4 menstrual cycles to regulate their menses and to improve the functions of the reproductive systems. On each visit, specific acupuncture points or Chinese herbs are prescribed based on the patient’s cycle and condition.                         

Many patients have specific conditions causing infertility, such as elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteal phase defect, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Acupuncture helps to improve these conditions thus increasing chances of conception. 

Acupuncture also supports patients undergoing IUI or IVF. During the IUI or IVF cycle, most of patients report high stress or some side effects of the hormone treatments such as headache, mood swing, night sweats or constipation. Treatments are designed to relieve these symptoms along with supporting fertility treatments to increase the chance of pregnancy.  Once the patient is pregnant acupuncture treatments are used to support a healthy pregnancy and to help prevent miscarriage.

Trying to get pregnant can be like riding a roller coaster and can be very stressful. Couples are excited during ovulation, and then become depressed when another period arrives. There are wonderful treatments passed down from the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine that support the process of conception.  By bringing the body back to balance and optimal health through this ancient wisdom, patients find that they increase their chance of having a healthy baby.

Sungmi is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and has received national certification in Oriental Medicine. Her practice specializes in fertility care for women and men, prenatal care, and post-partum care. Sungmi’s experience in centers specializing in fertility care has given her the opportunity to see hundreds of fertility patients, especially women undergoing IUI or IVF. She has also successfully treated seasonal allergies, chronic cough and respiratory diseases including children’s colds and allergies, along with treating chronic and acute back/knee/shoulder pain, insomnia, headache, sciatica, abnormal skin conditions, and digestive problems. Sungmi is excited to be working in an integrated center for complementary health care, and believes that her education and work experiences can help you.