Acupuncture & Fertility
Generally speaking, women’s bodies are innately capable and are biologically attuned to the ability to become pregnant. Often times, the body needs to achieve a better balance from an endocrine, energetic, nutritional, and emotional standpoint in order to receive and sustain pregnancy.
Acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years and is a rigorous and systematic form of medicine that has been steeped in rich culture for over 4,000 years. It is a safe and effective way to enhance fertility, prepare the body for pregnancy, and aid in maintaining viable pregnancies and term births.
Acupuncture works by moving, balancing and or restoring “Qi”, (pronounced: chee), or life force energy. Shannon uses fine, sterile needles to stimulate qi on the meridians (channels of energy). The needles stimulate organs, the endocrine system, musculoskeletal system, and much more.
From a Western scientific perspective, we understand the profound capacity acupuncture and Chinese medicine has on fertility, women’s health, conjunctive use with ART treatment, sustainability of pregnancy and recovery postpartum. Acupuncture can be successfully used to treat many of the complex challenges that fertility can bring.
Research on Acupuncture & Fertility
· Regulates the menstrual cycle
· Helps prepare the uterine lining for implantation
· Regulates ovulation
· Helps enhance follicular development and quality
· Helps to initiate increased number of follicles
· Helps create appropriate time frame for follicular and luteal phases to occur
· Helps to stimulate ovulation mid cycle
· Helps with PMS symptoms
· Helps improve mobility through the fallopian tubes
· Relaxes patients through potentially decreasing cortisol levels
· Decreases side effects of ART and can also significantly increase fertility rates in women undergoing IVF and other fertility treatments. It can lower the rate of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies associated with IVF.
· Acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels, specifically gonadotropin releasing hormone, which in turn may improve ovarian function.
· Helps decrease miscarriage rates and ectopic pregnancies
· Improves sperm quality and counts in men struggling with fertility
Conditions Related to Fertility Challenges
· Elevated FSH, Ovulation factors, Poor Egg Quality & Diminished Ovarian Reserve
· Fallopian Tube Factors
· Luteal Phase Defect
· Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
· Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
· Unexplained Infertility
What To Expect During Treatment
Shannon addresses fertility concerns with an in depth understanding of the cycle from a western and eastern perspective, detailed diagnosis and understanding of the underlying problems that are contributing, and timing of the treatments with the cycle in a precise way. This enables her patients to have the best possible outcomes when it comes to achieving and maintaining pregnancy.
Shannon spends an hour and a half with new fertility patients to gain an in-depth understanding of their medical history and uncover any factors that may be contributing to infertility. She designs a treatment plan to optimize the timing of treatments with the cycle.
A course of treatment can range from 3 months to 9 months, but varies greatly from person to person depending on individual circumstances and conditions.
Holistic Fertility Treatment Plan Includes
· Optimal timing of treatments in the cycle
· Empowerment through support in lifestyle choices
· Dietary & exercise considerations
· Chinese herbs if needed
· Supplements if needed
· In house referrals for chiropractic, massage, or further nutritional counseling
· Mindfulness techniques & support for stress reduction
Words cannot describe how grateful I am to Shannon for everything she has done from me in the last year and a half. As I write this, the son I thought I might never have is sleeping soundly next to me. I have Shannon to thank for helping us start our family."
"- Hannah Bernard-Donals, CPM, LM
When I walk into New Moon Wellness, I immediately feel relaxed. This atmosphere reflects Shannon’s approach perfectly. She listens patiently and approaches any situation with compassion. I found sessions with her to be very healing and often recommend her to my midwifery clients."
My teenage daughter struggled with nearly debilitating headaches for two years. We did all the conventional tests, and doctors couldn’t provide any answers. After just one acupuncture treatment with Shannon, my daughter felt relief, and so did I! She now receives one treatment a week and is seeing great results from treatments and the Chinese herbs Shannon recommended"
I began seeing Shannon soon after suffering a miscarriage. Having never experienced acupuncture before, Shannon took the time to explain the process and ensured I was comfortable before proceeding. While she recommended a protocol and supplemental herbs, I never felt pressured to follow her recommendation. She genuinely seemed to care about my struggle with infertility and only made suggestions to benefit me. I also appreciated that Shannon supported my choice to use acupuncture as a supplement to IVF."
For the next 9 months I regularly saw Shannon as she helped to heal my body and prepare it for the in vitro process. She made herself available on the day of the embryo transfer (a Sunday) both before and after the procedure. When I became pregnant (yeah!) I continued to see Shannon throughout the length of my high risk pregnancy, which I have no doubt aided in a long and healthy pregnancy. The treatments also relieved some of the discomforts of pregnancy, including back pain and swollen ankles.
I always looked forward to my treatments with Shannon. Not only because of the relaxation they provided, but for our pre-treatment chats as well. She took the time to get an update regarding my pregnancy and anything else I wanted to talk about, never rushing me to the table unless I was the one in a hurry. Shannon is warn and compassionate, and her treatments are likely a big reason why my husband and I are now the proud parents of three beautiful, silly, very entertaining daughters. I highly recommend Shannon for any fertility or pregnancy related situation you may be faced with. Thank you Shannon! I will forever be grateful!
Shannon is amazing not only has she helped me deal w/ my health issues over the years of treatments, she has become a wonderful friend. Shannon is exactly the perfect health professional a person needs; kind, sympathetic, and understands how to help someone in need. As a patient, you will be in excellent care working with her."
I can’t say enough great things about Shannon – my acupuncture treatments help me to feel calm and relaxed. Shannon has a real gift for listening, and for assessing my concerns in order to tailor each treatment. I always look forward to my sessions and would recommend Shannon to anybody."
I have received acupuncture treatments from Shannon for more than a year. Shannon is knowledgeable, caring, and careful. She listens. The treatments are wonderfully relaxing and have helped me with a variety of ailments."
"- Casey Rowe
I was skeptical about ear acupuncture the first time I tried it. Shannon made me feel very comfortable and relaxed and was able to completely normalize my cycle in that one appointment when I hadn’t had my period in two years!"
I received a few labor induction acupuncture treatments at the end of my pregnancy. My doctor decided to induce me a week early due to health complications and I was not thrilled with the decision. I wanted labor to start naturally and turned to acupuncture. Shannon worked her schedule to fit me in with short notice, was personable and caring, and the treatments worked! My water broke naturally just a few hours before I was supposed to go in and get induced. I have a happy and healthy baby boy."
Shannon was a gift throughout my pregnancy! Regular acupuncture treatments made a tremendous difference when I was experiencing morning sickness during my first trimester. I consistently felt better for a several days following each treatment. I was so grateful for Shannon’s depth of knowledge related to pregnancy, and her kindness and empathy. I can’t recommend her highly enough!"
I came to Shannon around 36 weeks pregnant looking for a gentle way of moving my breech baby and to avoid the cesarean section I was scheduled for if baby did not turn. Shannon used acupuncture and moxibustion and sent me home with additional tools to help baby move. I was very comfortable during the treatment, and even got in a little nap during the process. I went in to the hospital 8 days later for a scheduled external cephalic version, which I was dreading. When they did the ultrasound before the procedure, much to my surprise and delight, baby was now head down! I was able to have a medication free birth and delivery the day before my due date and had a healthy baby girl!"
Acupuncture with Shannon has been such an important part of my journey toward pregnancy. Shannon brings not only a wealth of knowledge about fertility treatment but also a calm and supportive understanding of the whole process. There were times when I felt hopeless and was ready to give up. Shannon helped me to manage the emotional as well as the physical difficulties. Now I am five months pregnant and will continue to receive acupuncture throughout my pregnancy."
After more than two and a half years of struggling with infertility, I decided to try acupuncture. Shannon was recommended to me by others whom she had helped. I was very overwhelmed, frustrated and hopeless when I first met her. Shannon’s calming, healing presence put me at ease from the very first session. She helped me to understand my situation from a different perspective, and throughout my treatments with her, I learned learned more than I anticipated not only about my physical health, but also my mental and spiritual health. Within six months after beginning acupuncture (after 18 months of western infertility treatment), I was pregnant. Unfortunately I experienced a miscarriage at 8 weeks, however Shannon helped me through that difficult time with her emotional support and acupuncture treatments. Through a combination of Western medications, Chinese herbs, and continued acupuncture, I was pregnant again within two months and am expecting my first baby this September. I feel that I was finally able to have a successful pregnancy for a variety of reasons, but greatly credit the acupuncture treatments with Shannon to helping me get to this point. I would highly recommend that others seek out Shannon’s services due to the positive experiences I have had with her. Thank you, Shannon!"
Working with Shannon during my struggles to get pregnant was a bright spot during a very difficult time. She was always positive and supportive. The treatments were calming and really helped with my overall mood. I also saw Shannon during the end of my pregnancy and postpartum. It was an amazing experience."