Fertility Enhancement - Infertility Support
At Metamorphosis Holistic Health we utilize the holistic modalities of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional supplements, lifestyle and diet changes, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation, essential oils, reiki, energy work, and individualized coaching to support your optimum health to treat infertility and miscarriage.
The new client fertility foundation appointment allows additional time to review fertility specific issues including any assisted reproduction treatments with physicians, discussing basal body temperature charting benefits for holistic treatment, details of ovulation patters and menstrual patterns along with the relevant general health history including: biomedical diagnoses, medications, or procedures as well as lifestyle, internal organ symptoms, and emotional health. The Traditional Chinese Medical patterns are identified providing direction for diet, herbs and lifestyle changes. Benefits of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and nutritional supplements are determined based on both biomedical and Traditional Chinese Medical patterns of imbalance. This holistic approach facilitates the body's natural healing process. If time allows basic essential oil application included. If time allows basic essential oil application included, but essential oils for at home use are additional cost.
Kathleen Stoneman understands that addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects are often necessary in order for the body to heal and provide the optimal environment for a healthy pregnancy. Each couple's needs are different as they embark on preparing their bodies, minds and lifestyles for having a family.
She introduces tools and concepts about life, mindfulness and stress management to assist couples with the challenges of fertility. She will work with couples who want a natural approach to this process, as well as those who may choose to work in tandem with their physicians or fertility specialists to bring about a successful outcome.
Treatments can be timed to support various stages of the menstrual cycle: follicular phase for blood flow and egg development, ovulation, luteal phase for implantation support. Often treatments are recommended and continued into the First Trimester to support healthy pregnancy once conception and pregnancy are achieved.
Kathleen tailors treatment plans to fit the needs and desires of her clients and their individual situations. Learn more about Services to support fertility. Metamorphosis offers comprehensive treatment to fit your needs and fertility goals. Acupuncture treatments can be paid for with Health Savings Accounts or Flex Spending Accounts for those with this type of insurance plans.
She has helped many women achieve healthy pregnancy while successfully overcoming obstacles such as recurrent miscarriage, recurrent pregnancy loss, failed IVFs, PCOS, MTHFR, Factor V Leiden, endometriosis, hormone imbalance, automimmune infertility, anovulation, advanced maternal age, poor egg quality, and low ovarian reserve.
Many clients are diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" and Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can provide answers and treatment to support sub-clinical imbalances that contribute to fertility challenges. Often stress, diet and lifestyle issues are contributing to irregular menstruation, lack of conception and poor pregnancy outcomes.
Many healthy babies have been born with Kathleen’s support. Kathleen’s biggest reward is celebrating pregnancy and new life experiences with women and their partners as they transition into parenthood.
In addition, Kathleen brings a spiritual component the the healing and a greater understanding to the process of bringing a child into the world. Building a strong connection to the child you are meant to have strengthens the parent/child bond and leads to healthy pregnancy.
Please contact Kathleen for a complimentary consultation to learn more about how holistic treatment can support your goal to having a family.
Acupuncture Research and IVF
Influence of Acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy: Paulus, et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 77, No. 4, April 2002. This landmark study demonstrated that women undergoing acupuncture treatments with a specific acupoint protocol had an increase in ongoing pregnancy rates, compared to control subjects that did not receive acupuncture. Result(s): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.
Help for Thin Endometrial Lining - Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture: Stener-Victorin et.al. Hum Reprod. 1996 Jun;11(6):1314-7. Successful IVF and embryo transfer require optimal endometrial receptivity at the time of implantation. The amount of blood flow to the uterus is considered valuable in assessing endometrial receptivity. This study showed that an eight treatment protocol was able to significantly increase blood flow to the uterus and may explain one mechanism for the substantial increases in pregnancies when acupuncture is properly incorporated into an IVF cycle. NOTE: This protocol should be started 4 weeks prior to embryo transfer and includes 2 acupuncture sessions per week.
Help for Pain Post-Egg Retrieval - The pain-relieving effect of electro-acupuncture and conventional medical analgesic methods during oocyte retrieval: a systematic review of randomized controlled trial. Stener-Victorin E. Hum Reprod. 2004 Nov 11. This review demonstrated that acupuncture analgesic effects are equal to conventional analgesic medication for oocyte retrieval. This is an important alternative for patients who are allergic or sensitive to analgesic medications. Women can benefit from easier recovery from egg retrieval without taking pain medications in preparation for embryo transfer.
A randomized, double-blind, controlled cross-over study evaluating acupuncture as an adjunct to in-vitro fertilization: Quintero et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 81, Supplement 3, April, 2004. This pilot study examined prior IVF failures where researchers used a completely different acupuncture protocol. Researchers found a 180% increase in implantation rates, a 60% increase in ongoing pregnancies, and a significant reduction in the amount of gonadotrophins used.
Acupuncture & IVF poor responders: a cure?: Magarelli et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 81, Supplement 3, April, 2004. This retrospective study found a 39% increase in IVF pregnancy rates with a modified protocol. It examined both poor responders and good responders. Poor responders that received acupuncture had the same pregnancy rates as normal prognosis patients. Poor responders were defined as those with elevated Peak FSH, longer history of infertility, or poor sperm morphology. When poor responders were excluded, the increase in pregnancies went up to 42%. The acupuncture group had significantly lower miscarriages, no ectopic pregnancies and significantly greater live births than the non-acupuncture group.
A matched controlled study to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for improving pregnancy rates following in-vitro fertilization - embryo transfer. Wang et al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 83, issue 5, Supplement, May 2005. This study further demonstrates the importance of proper acupoint selection and proper administration of acupuncture protocols. The point protocol in this study varied greatly from previous studies that demonstrated positive pregnancy outcomes. This particular acupoint selection did not produce any increases in pregnancy rates.
Ovarian blood flow responses to electro-acupuncture stimulation at different frequencies and intensities in anaesthetized rats: Stener-Victorin et.al. Auton Neurosci. 2003 Oct 31;108(1-2):50-6. This study demonstrated that acupuncture can significantly increase or decrease ovarian blood flow, depending on how the protocol is applied. This is an important warning that improper application of acupuncture could hinder an IVF cycle.