Fertility Support - You Are Not Alone
HIHF specializes in the understanding and treatment of infertility. We know that improving your health improves your chances of fertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Shines When Treating Infertility
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including Acupuncture, is the foundation of the Holistic Institute of Healthy and Fertility's (HIHF) fertility therapeutic expertise. We use TCM to balance the body and treating “unknown infertility” is where TCM shines. We see conception and birth as the product of mind body wellness. When we assess people, we are looking for the imbalances that have brought about the present fertility challenges.
1 in 6 couples experience fertility issues
Balance is Our Number One Goal
HIHF uses TCM diagnostic tools for determining various imbalances that may cause infertility. We look at the individual in their entirety taking note of all of the subtleties that would typically be ignored by western medicine. Our goal is to help you to feel you to feel physically stronger and more balanced emotionally to achieve your fertility goals. We have lots of success with PCOS, endometriosis and poor sperm quality issues.
Acupuncture can improve pregnancy rates in IVF/IUI patients up to 40%
See our IVF/IUI page
Why Our Patients Seek Us Out
- Typically, patients present with the following western medical diagnoses
- Hormonal imbalances
- Irregular or anovulation
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Endometrial inflammation
- Adhesions, fibroids, scarring, uterine abnormalities
- PCOS-imbalanced insulin sensitivity
- Inconsistencies with sperm morphology
- IVF/IUI Support
Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART) Patients
A large number of our patients are also ART patients at the Calgary Regional Fertility Clinic (CRFC). ART patients typically come to us for IVF/IUI fertility support, FET pre/post retrieval and pre/post transfer acupuncture appointments. We will work with the CRFC to book you in for pre/post retrieval and pre/post transfer treatments dates. We know if you can't predict dates and times so we are very accommodating and will do our very best to fit you in as close to your fertility appointments as possible.
In preparation we do encourage patients to do as much acupuncture as possible leading up to the procedure; however, it doesn’t always work out like that. Anything we do here is going to benefit you so even if you come in and do the pre/post transfer appointments plus the follow up (day 9), you are doing something positive and supportive for your body.
If you end up with a + test, then we like to continue on with you weekly to help maintain the pregnancy and change the protocol to prenatal health. If the test is -, you can discuss with your practitioner what your options are in regards to proceeding forward.
There are a couple of options for you. Firstly, you could book a free consultation for you (and) your partner to attend. This will give you an opportunity to visit the clinic, discuss your situation with the clinic owner/director and see how our services and programs can help you. OR You can jump right in and we can get you booked in for an initial acupuncture session. You can always decide to sign up for a program after you’ve started with treatments.
HIHF Therapies That Promote Fertility
TCM and Acupuncture - Balance & Relaxation
Fertility Acupuncture works by balancing and relaxing the patient, blood flow to the uterus is increased which helps to facilitate the general fertility and the transfer and implantation in IVF/IUI patients.
Our acupuncturists will help determine the state of your imbalance(s) and prescribe an individualized program of herbs, acupuncture and diet to help you create the correct biological and emotional environment for increased success with fertility and pregnancy.
Massage - Clear Blockages & Increase Circulation
Combined with Acupuncture Fertility Massage consists of several massage techniques that help to clear scar tissue and organ blockages, bring about ideal uterine position thus helping to achieve hormonal balance and to bring fresh oxygenated flood and nutrients to the uterus and ovaries.
Yoga - Peace & Well Being
Yin (Fertility) Yoga increases relaxation, blood flow to the uterus and reproductive organs (improving egg quality), creates a sense of peace and well-being and teaches the body to become more open and less rigid.
For men, Yin (Fertility) Yoga increases sperm quality, sperm count and sperm motility. Yoga for men helps decrease stress levels that affects male erectile dysfunction and impotence.
Treatments can assist in thickening the uterine lining, helping with implantation and in turn optimizing fetal health. Other modalities such as reiki and craniosacral therapy can also help with some of the underlying psychological and body restrictions that you might be carrying due to the recurrent miscarriages.