Maple Grove, MN

763-494-9500

Boulder, CO

303-552-8722

Women’s Health

Women’s Health: Menstruation, Fertility, Pregnancy, Menopause, and Stress Relief.

A woman’s body goes through many different hormonal cycles in the course of a lifetime. These changes start at puberty with menstruation, then again with pregnancy, and eventually through menopause.  A woman’s body is in a constant state of change.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine work to restore hormonal and emotional balance and overall vitality to women during any stage of their journey.

For menstruation, acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help with symptoms such as: irritability, emotional instability, cramps, breast tenderness, digestive issues, clotting, and headaches.  Acupuncture can help regulate the menstrual flow without the aid of birth control pills by helping to achieve the correct rhythm and flow of the period while working on the endocrine system to restore better hormone function to decrease headaches, cramps, digestive upset, clotted or heavy flow and breast tenderness.

Not only can acupuncture help with regulating the menstrual cycle but it can help with fertility and those trying to conceive.  The inability to get pregnant can be due to unforeseen reasons, fibroids, lack of ovulation [anovulation], luteal phase deficiency, endometriosis, PCOS, and low sperm count or motility issues [in men]. For women trying to get pregnant, acupuncture and herbal medicine promote conception by boosting blood flow to the pelvic organs, providing them with better nourishment, normalizing FSH levels, balancing estrogen and progesterone levels, increasing follicle size and improving and strengthening the lining of the uterus; therefore, promoting conception and a healthy, full-term pregnancy.  Acupuncture not only helps the body get ready to be pregnant but helps women relax and de-stress so their bodies are able to become pregnant more easily.  Stress causes the sympathetic nervous system to be over stimulated causing blood flow to be diverted away from the ovaries and uterus to the adrenals instead.  This contributes to a potential inability to become pregnant.

Acupuncture helps many women get pregnant with or without the additional use of conventional methods such as IUI or IVF.  Our acupuncturists have years of experience treating women who are using IUI, IVF and embryo transfer in conjunction of acupuncture with great success.  Many women use Clomid to help promote ovulation during IUI.  However, Clomid often causes the uterine lining to become thin, which is detrimental to becoming pregnant.  Acupuncture can help the uterine lining to thicken and become more uniform. This is a result of increased blood flow to the uterine arteries which then aids in the ability to get pregnant.

In a recent study Influence of Acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo ART. Fertility & Sterility Vol77 April 2002 it showed that:  “Acupuncture May Improve Success Rate of IVF Pregnancies: Patients in the acupuncture group received two acupuncture sessions – the first treatment 25 minutes before embryo transfer, the second treatment 25 minutes after. In the acupuncture group, the pregnancy rate was considerably higher – 34 women (42.5%) were carrying a fetal sac at the time of examination. While In the control group, the presence of a fetal sac, the scientists’ criteria for a clinical pregnancy, was found in 21 women (26.3%)”*

The acupuncturists at Modern Point not only treat women for infertility but treats men as well.  “According to statistics from the National Infertility Association (an organization also known as RESOLVE), between 35 percent and 40 percent of infertility problems among couples are actually from male conditions. Several factors may be responsible for male infertility, including low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape and size, and reduced motility. Lifestyle, genetics, and physiological changes can also raise or lower male fertility levels, and can significantly affect a man’s ability to produce offspring. Compared to the control group, motility levels increased significantly in semen samples in the men receiving acupuncture. While median motility levels increased from 32% to 37% in the control group, they increased from 44.5% to 50% in the acupuncture group.”**

During menopause, acupuncture and herbal medicine can eliminate hot flashes, night sweats and sugar cravings while promoting weight loss and better sleep patterns.  It can also relieve pain, emotional stress, and stabilize mood swings.  Acupuncture treatments can also minimize osteoporosis and poor mental function by increasing clarity and focus while also treating anxiety and depression often associated with menopause.***

We recommend patients come in for acupuncture treatments once or twice a week to help with any of these conditions.  To help regulate period cycle and work on fertility, we recommend one treatment a week for three complete period cycles.

 

*  “Relaxing  the  uterus  with  Acupuncture  treatment  allows  for more successful IVF.” www.acupuncturetoday.com/archives2002/jul/07ivf.html

** Thus, acupuncture improves sperm count, motility, and morphology. www.acupuncturetoday.com/archives2005/oct/10infertility.html

***  Acupuncture As Hormone Regulation Therapy  http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32427

Meet Our Practitioners:

I love this place! I saw Nicky and she truly feels for her patients. She is wonderful at what she does and makes it a great comfortable and peaceful place. She has helped me so much! I highly recommend her!

- Jessica

My experience with Modern Point Acupuncture has been outstanding.  I was treated by Nicky.  She has a warm and fun personality as well as a vast amount of knowledge.  Her passion for what she does is refreshing since I have been to many other acupuncturists where it is lacking. She truly wants to get to the root of the problem and get you pain relief.  I came to her with a severe antibiotic resistant sinus infection accompanied by chronic migraines.  After one session the pain went down drastically in my face and the migraines were improved.  After about two months of one or two appointments/week the migraines and sinus issues were gone and I was off all medications.  I would highly recommend anyone to her (Nicky), she is amazing at her craft.  Finding Modern Point Acupuncture has been such a blessing!

- C.M.

I have great news!! I'm PREGNANT! It is still hard for me to believe, and I cannot thank you enough! I strongly believe you had a very significant role in this good news :) and am incredibly thankful I came to see you Nicky! You are super great and I am so so happy I came to you!! THANK YOU again!

- B.C.

"I have horrible allergies and have tried acupuncture a little in the past but in the past the acupuncture was performed by a chiropractor. I went to see Lindsay once and then signed up for 10 sessions. It is amazing what acupuncture can do. My favorite is that it totally relaxes you and then you notice things during your day that it has helped with. Lindsay is extremely knowledgable and I have learned so much. It is amazing how certain parts of the body are tied to your eyes, brain, etc. If you have any type of issue go see Lindsay. She is great."

- Korrine

I'm so excited I get to do just that to tell you that I am pregnant!!!!  I just had my 8 week ultrasound today and baby looks good and healthy! Thank you so much for everything that you did for me Nicky! I appreciate it more than you know!

- B.R.

"Lindsay is a very caring and helpful person. She really cares about how her patients feel."

- Cassie

"Adam is the best! Not only is he awesome at what he does, he seems to be a genuinely nice human. He took the time to learn about my embarrassing condition and try to gear my treatment towards that. He was excited to learn about something he didn't know existed, and I very much appreciated that. I'd highly recommend seeing him! Thanks Adam!"

- Amanda D.