Acupuncture

Acupuncture


 

Acupuncture needles being used on pregnant woman
Once you try it, you’ll wonder what took you so long.

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is the mainstay of our fertility treatments here at West End Mamas, but is also very, very commonly used during pregnancy and also postnatally.

If you’re not yet familiar with acupuncture, it involves putting tiny needles in different active points on the body. Not parts that are active mechanically, but points on your body that carry energy. Most of us know someone who has tried acupuncture at some point, even if we haven’t tried it ourselves.

Acupuncture: for every part of your reproductive cycle.

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Preconception & Fertility


Pregnant woman holding hands with partner and holding baby shoes

 

Acupuncture, when done in the months leading up to conception, can give you the best possible chance of getting pregnant.

You are thinking of starting a family and want to give your potential new baby the best possible start, as well as make sure that you are as fertile as you would like to be. Maybe you’ve been on birth control for many years and you’re worried that it will take a while to conceive. Perhaps you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without success. Acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture will not only set the stage for optimal fertility, but can help encourage a healthy pregnancy. It may also help you avoid some of the common complications like gestational diabetes, elevated blood pressure or sub-optimal baby positioning that can lead to medical interventions. It also benefits the health of your child and even your grandchildren!

Acupuncture for Fertility

If you are planning an IVF cycle, preparing ahead will help you make the most of the opportunity to use IVF. The success of an IVF cycle rests on the ability of your body to respond to the treatment. Preparing ahead with acupuncture for 2-3 months before your cycle has the benefit of improving blood flow to your uterus and ovaries which may make them more responsive to medication.

Preconception/fertility issues commonly treated with acupuncture:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vulvodynia
  • Low libido
  • Sexual dysfunction

Acupuncture for Men's Fertility

Despite the fact that we are West End Mamas, please feel free to send your partner in for acupuncture if you are having any kind of fertility issues.

Male reproductive health can benefit from acupuncture. Men’s reproductive issues are very responsive to acupuncture treatment and usually involve either clearing too much “heat” or supplementing and supporting a depleted system.

Men’s reproductive conditions commonly treated with Acupuncture:

  • Low sperm count
  • Problems with sperm motility
  • Problems with sperm morphology
  • Low testosterone
  • Varicocele
  • Erectile dysfunction

Acupuncture: An important part of your fertility journey

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Prenatal Acupuncture


Pregnant woman considers prenantal acupuncture for an easier labour and delivery

 

Acupuncture can help make the experience of being pregnant easier, and more enjoyable.

The books tell you that by the mid-to-end of your third trimester, your baby will be in a head down position, readying themselves for birth. When your baby doesn’t drop or is in the wrong position, we call it “malposition” or “malpresentation”. You might have also heard the words breech, transverse, posterior, or even sunny-side-up. Regardless of what you call it, we can help create the ideal situation for your baby to move into position.

Even though you might have thought that pregnancy would have you feeling amazing with glowing skin, sometimes that’s not the case. If you’re feeling queasy at any time in your pregnancy, suffering from swollen joints, or if you want to get your body ready to deliver your baby, acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is safe and effective in pregnancy.

Pregnancy concerns commonly treated with acupuncture:

  • “Morning” sickness (otherwise known as all-day-why-won’t-this-end sickness)
  • Back and pelvic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling and edema
  • Baby position issues
  • Labour prep to get your cervix ready to go

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Postnatal Acupuncture


Woman celebrates an easier more enjoyable delivery after having prenatal acupuncture treatments

 

Being a mom isn't easy!

It comes with massive amounts of exhaustion, a fair dose of stress, and to top it off, our hormones are a bit out of whack for a while after giving birth. Acupuncture can help get all of that sorted out – and give you some forced down-time while you enjoy your “acu-nap”.



Postpartum issues commonly treated with acupuncture:

  • Painful periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Absent periods
  • Midcycle bleeding
  • PMS
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Uterine Fibroids

Acupuncture: for every part of your reproductive cycle.

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Common questions about acupuncture

Acupuncture can be helpful with all parts of becoming a parent. But sometimes people are hesitant to give it a try. We get it. Let’s get a few of the common concerns out of the way.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture helps with many reproductive conditions by stimulating the nervous system (via the needles) to send messages to the brain that change the hormonal output from the brain to the ovaries and uterus.

For example, there is a point on the hand that has the effect of down-regulating the sympathetic nervous system and reducing nervous tension. This in turn allows blood flow to return to the digestive and reproductive organs and has the effect of improving digestion and reducing both abdominal and menstrual pain. So we say the point improves digestion and eliminates pain in the abdomen.

Will acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture shouldn’t hurt. In fact, when we are using it to affect the hormonal system, it needs to be gentle in order to be most effective.

Where are you going to put the needles?

The most useful points on the body are below the elbows and below the knees and often we only use a few points in a treatment.

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

No, acupuncture will work whether you are a true believer or a sceptic or somewhere in between! Acupuncture may be new to you, but it’s an old medicine with a long history of safety and effectiveness.

West End Mamas works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.

Complementary Services & Treatments


We provide a holistic approach to treatment, and have a wide variety of services that compliment each other. Click on the links below for more information about how our other services can help you on your path to motherhood.

Woman receiving a relaxing and rejuvenating prenatal massage treatment

Registered Massage Therapy

Our Registered Massage Therapists are specialists in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum challenges. Reduce physical and emotional stress levels, and alleviate sore muscles and anxiety.

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A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist provides a prenatal treatment to a pregnant woman

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic health physiotherapy can help alleviate any pre-existing pelvic pain or imbalance, speeds up your recovery time, alleviates discomfort, bladder control issues, abdominal and/or back pain, and pain or discomfort during sex.

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Pregnant woman receives a prenatal chiropractic treatment to treat her pain

Chiropractic Care

Regardless of when you start, we’ll address your aches and pains, release any tension in your lower back, and reduce any discomfort you may be experiencing.

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