Fertility

Many people struggle with conceiving. Often it is not realized that infertility can be attributed to both biological male factors & biological female factors almost equally. That is why it is important for all parties participating in conception - their bodies should be prepared whether they are contributing sperm, egg or carrying the pregnancy. Fertility challenges occur when our body systems are imbalanced due to a number of combined factors such as stress, diet, lifestyle, illness, hormonal changes or certain reproductive system health conditions. By the time most people come to us for fertility issues, they have tried various strategies, including meditation, yoga, diets, supplements, labs, drugs, IUI, and/or IVF.

We understand this - having dedicated our practice to fertility. We have helped many folks conceive using WS-Traditional Chinese Medicine alone and/or providing a preparation program for ART and concurrent integrative care during IVF/IUI cycles as well as support during pregnancy.

Garden Acupuncture co-founders Alex Goldberg and Lisa Metzger successfully used Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM) to conceive their two daughters. A certified member of Clinical Excellence in Fertility Professionals, Alex studied directly with Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure.

Collectively, our team has 50+ years of experience including clinical training in the United States and China. Some additional highlighted professional experience of our team includes work on The Human Genome Project and pioneering acupuncture at Mayo Clinic, Rochester as their first licensed acupuncturist helping to create a collaborative partnership between Mayo Clinic’s Integrative Medicine Dept. and Sun Yat-sen’s Zhongshan Medical School. Additionally, team member Dr. Jeffrey Winsauer specializes in fertility and gynecological medicine, having completed a residency in GYN and infertility at Shenzhen TCM Hospital. There, he assisted in conventional medicine—such as D&Cs, pelvic exams, ultrasounds, and pap smears—and learned TCM under the mentorship of the GYN department head, a 30-year veteran specializing in infertility.

We use WS-TCM to address diet, nutrition, blood oxygen, hormone levels and stress concurrently. Egg or sperm quality today is the reflection of health three months ago. For this reason, we provide care in 3-month segments.

  • Individualized Attention and Instruction

  • 24 Acupuncture Treatments

  • 16 Chinese Herbal Formulas

  • Gua-Sha, Tui Na, Cupping, Ear Seeds

  • Nutritional Support, Information & Education

Stress directly impacts fertility by affecting ovulation, testosterone levels, cortisol levels, sperm production and embryo implantation. We teach you to breathe differently, eat differently, express your emotions honestly, and rid your body of the negative effects of stress. Using WS-TCM, we direct your body’s circulation and attention to your reproductive organs, which can result in:

  • Increased egg quality

  • Improved blood flow to the uterus

  • Decrease of blockages such as cysts or polyps

  • Improved uterine lining allowing for implantation

  • Increased blood flow for placenta growth

  • Restoration of energetic balance in the mind, body and reproductive organs

  • Improved sperm morphology, motility and count

  • Improved success rates of IVF and IUI

  • Decrease in effects of long-term stress

Often, we collaborate with reproductive endocrinology and infertility practices to integrate conventional and whole-systems medicine. We're experienced in providing preparation and supportive treatments for IVF, IUI and other procedures.

 
 
“The only thing that I did differently while trying to get pregnant, at 42, was get acupuncture at Garden Acupuncture and it worked. Two failed IVF cycles and multiple fertility treatments did nothing for me but the acupuncture helped to conceive naturally and without any drug or fertility treatments. Alex prepared me for pregnancy, assisted me in keeping the pregnancy and helped to maintain a healthy hormonal level. I delivered a healthy baby boy after believing that I was done. I wasn’t. And I have Garden Acupuncture to thank for that. I cannot recommend them more highly.”

— D.D., Brooklyn

 

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