Women’s Health & Infertility

At Madison Acupuncture & Complementary Medicine, Amy Guinther is dedicated to treating all conditions that affect reproductive health and infertility in her male and females patients. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine are used to identify and treat reproductive concerns and enhance fertility.

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine therapies in treating reproductive health and enhancing fertility whether you are trying to conceive naturally or are seeking other assisted reproductive treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Amy will work closely with you and your fertility specialist to tailor your treatment to your unique situation.

My Approach

Amy Guinther, Licensed Acupuncturist, has extensive experience working with gynecological conditions and infertility, and has been helping families grow since 1998. She uses a variety of modalities to detect and treat the underlying conditions affecting your reproductive health including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Specialized laboratory testing

These natural interventions assist fertility by:

  • Improving egg quality
  • Enhancing uterine lining
  • Decreasing clotting and inflammation
  • Improving hormone balance
  • Decreasing miscarriages
  • Improving IVF/IUI outcomes
  • Reducing stress

 

Video how acupuncture can help infertility:

Commonly Treated Conditions:

The goal is to detect the root cause of your infertility and find the best treatments to address these underlying issues. Some common conditions that treated include:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Overview: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility affecting 5-10% of females.  Women with this condition have high levels of androgen hormones,  which can block the release of an egg from the ovary, leading to cyst development within the ovaries or the creation of immature follicles that can’t develop into mature eggs.

Conventional Treatment: Western medical treatments for PCOS infertility typically involve the use of medications to encourage follicle development and ovulation, and improve insulin sensitivity. Some cases require more extreme measure including therapies like intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.

Our Approach: Along with weight control strategies like changes in diet and increasing exercise, acupuncture protocols are an effective therapy to stimulate ovulation and balance hormones. Used in conjunction with herbal formulas &/or nutritional supplementation to help control hormones, this treatment has shown to be as effective, if not more effective, than Western drugs for promoting ovulation.

Endometriosis

Overview: Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue, normally only located within the uterus, grows elsewhere in the body, potentially causing pain, menstruation problems and fertility issues.

Conventional Treatment:  Conventional treatment for endometriosis involves removing lesions via a laparoscopic surgery and/or hormone suppression with medication.

Our Approach:  Acupuncture and herbal therapies are very effective in reducing the pain of endometriosis, shrinking endometriosis lesions and helping to balance the hormones that increase endometriosis growth. Nutritional therapies and supplements support liver function to maintain proper hormone balance. Lifestyle factors are also addressed to limit xeno-hormones from the environment that contribute to hormone driven conditions like endometriosis. All of these interventions enhance the fertility of women suffering from endometriosis.

Recurrent Miscarriage

Overview: The American Society of Reproductive Medicine has recently defined recurrent pregnancy loss as two or more pregnancy losses. Although 25% of pregnancies result in early miscarriage, a much smaller number go on to have repeated losses. There are many potential causes of repeated miscarriages, some of which include: chromosomal abnormalities, genetic mutations, hormone imbalances, sperm quality, maternal age, metabolic abnormalities and autoimmune conditions.

Conventional Treatment: Conventional approaches to recurrent miscarriage depend upon the reason for the loss and may involve genetic testing, hormone supplementation, medication usage or surgery.

Our Approach:  Acupuncture and herbal therapies increase blood flow to both egg and sperm thereby increasing quality and decreasing pregnancy loss. These therapies also decrease uterine contractions, enhance uterine lining development and balance hormone production. Nutritional supplements and dietary modifications can provide the necessary precursors for hormone production, balance biochemistry or address autoimmune conditions.

Thin Uterine Lining

Overview:  The uterine lining is developed over the first half of the menstrual cycle and vascularized in the second half. A lining less than 8 mm can hinder chances of implantation or sustained pregnancy.

Conventional Treatment: Western treatments typically involve hormonal therapies

Our Approach: Acupuncture has been shown to increase uterine lining development, enhance lining quality and decrease blood flow impedance of the uterine arteries. Herbal and dietary therapies are also used to enhance lining formation.

Egg Quality

Overview: Although egg quantity cannot be changed after birth, egg quality is highly influenced by environmental factors. The environmental influences that occur during the last 90 days of follicle development can greatly enhance the quality of the resulting egg.

Conventional Treatment: Egg quality is not directly addressed by traditional doctors other than advising to eat well, get adequate rest and moderate exercise.

Our Approach:  Acupuncture has the ability to balance hormones affecting follicle development. Studies show acupuncture increases blood flow to the follicles delivering nutrients and hormones that enhance follicle health. The addition of customized Chinese herbal formulas and supplementation can also address underlying imbalances that impact egg quality.

Male Infertility

Overview: Some estimate that male factor infertility accounts for 40% of infertility cases. It is important that all male partners have a semen analysis as a baseline check. Some of the most common causes of male fertility include structural problems, hormone imbalances, lifestyle issues, environmental factors and age.

Conventional Treatment: Surgical interventions may be necessary with structural blockages that affect the transport of sperm. Medications may be used to increase hormone production and sperm formation

Our Approach: Studies have shown that acupuncture can increase sperm production, and improves morphology and motility. It also enhances the hormones necessary for fertility and increases the rate of pregnancy when used in conjunction with assisted reproductive techniques. Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle coaching can also enhance male fertility and sperm health.

Testimonials
“I received acupuncture from Amy for chronic headaches, which were accompanied by nausea. Over the past two years, I would wake with severe headaches that would occur 2-3x week. This made it difficult for me to attend school, concentrate on homework and keep up with classes. I felt relief from my headaches immediately after beginning acupuncture and am now 100% better.”
- Anonymous
"Amy is amazing. She takes ample time to talk about my health needs and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to treat me. Her genuine care for the patient and her personable skills are what keep me coming back. I had suffered from migraines for many years, but I no longer have them!"
“I went to see Amy for PMS and low mood. She was empathetic, caring and patient in helping me to find the protocol that worked best for me. With the right supplements and acupuncture, my symptoms improved dramatically in only a few months of treatment. Amy is intelligent, well-informed, patient and caring. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a natural and holistic treatment option.”
- C.W.
“I wanted to share our good news. Our son was born and he’s a healthy and happy little guy. I wanted to say thank you for all of your support through the IVF process. I really feel like acupuncture helped me significantly. I felt more relaxed and open after acupuncture than during any of my previous rounds of infertility treatments. I am so appreciative of your expertise and care. Thanks again.”
- Christine N., Madison WI