Acupuncture for Fertility
With over a decade of clinical experience and specialized training in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy care, Kiné offers holistic individualized treatments to address fertility challenges or resolve infertility.
Kiné Fischler LAc is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) She has advanced training and clinical experience treating fertility challenges naturally with acupuncture and customized fertility herbal medicine formulations. She is also trained in the most effective Assisted Reproductive Technology protocols and how best to integrate acupuncture to improve the success of IUI and IVF by 65% increased rate of live births.
How are we different from other health care providers?
When working with a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, your personal treatment plan will cover more than acupuncture for each phase of your menstrual cycle.
First, we begin with a thorough medical history evaluation of your menstrual cycle to create a treatment plan that is made just for your particular situation. People are amazed to learn so much about how their bodies work with each session!
We will streamline specific nutritional guidelines, with specific supplement recommendations to optimize your fertility along with customized herbal medicine - we do not throw the kitchen sink of all possible supplements that you read about on the internet because that approach does not work. Precise prescribing of high quality nutritional supplements and herbal remedies by a professional health care provider with a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine (that's us!) will lead you to your desired results much more quickly.
How does it work?
Consistency is the key to effective acupuncture treatments, your commitment to your treatment plan is key! Your treatments will vary in accordance to each phase of your menstrual cycle. Acupuncture increases uterine blood flow to enhance the growth of a follicle as it develops into an egg that is mature enough for ovulation, then we want to support the growth of healthy uterine lining to support embryo implantation. Once you have a positive pregnancy test, we want to make sure you feel your best and secure your pregnancy through the first trimester.
We are here to support your dream of a successful pregnancy with individualized medicine that adapts to each phase as you transition through each phase of your fertility-pregnancy-post partum process.
Whether you are seeking a fertility acupuncturist to enhance fertility naturally or are using acupuncture as adjunct treatment to increase the success rates of IVF or IUI, our pre-conception care will prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. We serve families of all kinds including single parents, LGBTQ couples, coparents, surrogates and all the manifestations of family that are created by LOVE.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Enhances Fertility:
- Balances hormonal cycles to aid in conception
- Improves fertile cervical mucous
- Improves ovarian function; encourages production of follicles; enhances quality
- Improves blood flow to ovaries and uterus
- Reduces miscarriages
- Enhances immune system
- Lessens uterine contractions after embryo transfer
- Improves thickness of uterine wall lining
- Lessens side effects of medications
- Improves sperm parameters within 3 mos.
- Improves quality of oocytes within 3 mos.
We routinely collaborate with primary care physicians, OB/GYN’s, Naturopaths, midwives and doulas in the Portland area.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of treating women’s health, with texts from 200 BC describing medicinal plants to treat infertility. Today, practitioners in TCM have adapted and incorporated these traditional applications into modern fertility treatments.
Modern research shows that acupuncture significantly enhances fertility. You can view medical research abstracts here.
Women's Health Conditions Effectively Treated with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine:
- Irregular, scanty, heavy or painful periods, and PMS
- Thin uterine lining or scanty cervical fluid
- Poor response to fertility medications
- Recovery after miscarriage or stillbirth
- Unexplained infertility
- Luteal phase disorders
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Endometriosis, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
- Supportive treatment during IUI or IVF cycles
- "Tilted" or "tipped" uterus and pelvic pain
- Ovulation disorders
- Elevated FSH Levels
- Stress and fatigue
- IVF Preparation to increase IVF success
Research Articles Demonstrating Acupuncture Increasing Success of IVF
Increased pregnancy rates when used prior to and post-embryo replacement
Regulates hormones directly involved in follicle development and implantation
Increases sperm motility and reduces the presence of abnormal sperm
Improved blood supply to the uterus and ovaries
A very comprehensive list of medical research has been compiled on this online link.
In a study where acupuncture was used during IVF at the time of embryo implantation the result was a significantly higher viable pregnancy rate. (Fertility and Sterility 74(4):721-72). In this study 160 omen undergoing IVF were monitored. The success rate in the acupuncture group was 42.5% compared to a 26.3% success rate in the group of women that did not receive acupuncture.
Willow Tree Wellness Clinic works closely with Portland fertility clinics offering acupuncture treatments in the weeks prior to their patient’s IUI and IVF appointments to prepare women’s bodies for healthy implantation and on the day of embryo transfers to increase the success rates of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
I went to Kiné at Willow Tree Wellness for help in getting pregnant. I was willing to try anything and am so glad that I found her. I was new to acupuncture really appreciate how she treated me not just for the fertility, but for other issues I was having as well. Kiné is incredibly easy to talk to and so supportive. I truly believe she was instrumental in us having a successful pregnancy and continue to see her for general maintenance. I highly recommend Kiné and Willow Tree!
I have been seeing Kiné for the past few months after the birth of my second child. She's great at listening and asking questions to get to the root of the problem. Whether it's seasonal allergies, back pain, etc. I have found relief in my symptoms and will continue services. The office is centrally located in NE Portland.
Whole Body Healing
Patient Since June 2016
Infertility is really hard. I reached out to Willow Wellness Clinic after 2 years of infertility and 4 unsuccessful IUIs. When I decided to move forward with IVF, I went to Kiné for several months prior to my retrieval. I know that her treatments were the key to my successful retrieval. Week after stressful week throughout the IVF process, I saw Kiné. She is pragmatic, smart, compassionate and funny. The acupuncture/herbal treatments and her advice helped me tremendously. My 1st IVF was successful, and I'm in now in my 2nd trimester. I feel lucky to have met Kiné - and I would strongly recommend her and her team to anyone going through IVF.
Acupuncture for IVF Success
Patient Since September 2013
I went to Kiné after IVF and three miscarriages. I needed help getting my body back to normal after all the stress and hormonal ups and downs. Kiné was so helpful, so patient with all of my questions and concerns. My body responded very well and I started to finally feel somewhat normal and balanced. She continues to provide treatment as I get ready for another embryo transfer. I am so grateful for all of her treatment and support.
IVF Prep Acupuncture
*Individual results may vary. The information provided on this website is not specific in nature and is not intended to supersede the advice of your physician or other health professionals familiar with your unique case.