Woman's Wellspring - Vitality, Fertility & Nurturance
“A strong life force can be seen in physical vitality, courage, competent judgment, self-mastery, sexual vigor, and the realization of each person’s unique talents and purpose in life. To maintain a powerful life force, forget yourself, forget about living and dying, and bring your full attention into this moment.”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation
Our vitality comes from our sense of abundance and being nurtured; by ourselves, those around us and the socio emotional context within which we live. Our life force can too often be eroded or tarnished by too many things - which all tend to come under that ubiquitous banner of stress.
Acupuncture has a unique diagnostic paradigm, it has a measurable positive effect on the body, but it also assists the individual to bring their attention to the moment. In skilled hands acupuncture can be a tool for physical, emotional and metaphysical transformation, assisting us to shift patterns and cycles of habit, for our elevation, health and vitality.
Falling pregnant isn't always as easy as we imagine. For women our menstrual health and moon cycle regularity plays a big part. However other factors such as age, general health, alcohol consumption and stress levels are important to evaluate too.
For women some things to consider include:
Am I ovulating? - To be sure means that you are noticing vaginal secretions and mucus changes, or charting your temperatures. Ovulation testers can be unreliable, so it is best to know exactly using a variety of methods. There are a number of excellent apps available to do this.
Are we timing intercourse properly with ovulation? Once you ovulate you have a window of about 6-12 hours.
Any history of menstrual irregularity, long term use of the contraceptive pill or PCOS and you might find that falling pregnant could take a little longer.
Is there anything you think might affect the quality of your reproductive capacity such as childhood illnesses or injuries?
Have you and your partner had your sexual health tests? Speak with your GP or fertility specialist about this if required.
Acupuncture can assist natural fertility for women outcomes by assisting the body by increasing overall health and wellbeing by assisting the management of stress and supporting your sensory system to integrate the constant environmental, emotional and physical challenges of your day, week, life!
It is important to see a properly qualified and registered acupuncturist and herbalist.
Assisted reproductive Technologies
ART & IVF
The decision to use Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), whether it is be a fully medicated IVF cycle, a natural IVF or an IUI is a personal and profound one.
Some women find using these technologies to be a physically and emotionally challenging time, as the side effects of medications, the constant interventions and testing requirements can be overwhelming and exhausting.
Acupuncture is routinely used with IVF treatments for:
Post egg retrieval surgery
Sometimes this procedure can be painful and it can take some time for the effects of the puncturing of the ovaries to heal and become less tender. Acupuncture can be very helpful in engaging the body's restorative processes and can help reduce pain in the local area.
Alleviating the side effects of IVF medications
These include bloating, headaches, emotional stress and anxiety, cramping or abdominal discomfort, as well as insomnia and fatigue.
Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time but some common complaints during pregnancy can make you feel less than fabulous.
Acupuncture is safe and effective for a range of conditions during pregnancy including:
colds and flu
swelling of feet and ankles
stress and anxiety
muscle aches and pains
Labouring and Birthing Outcomes Research shows that being prepared for your labour has a significant impact on reducing the rate of medical interventions during labour, including forceps use, epidural and caesarean section.
It's great that we have the availability and option for medical interventions if and when we need them, however more often than not we don't need them. And knowing and understanding how our bodies work and what is really happening during labour is crucial.
Preparation encourages self confidence, reduces feelings of stress and increases a sense of empowerment and the likelihood that you will have a positive birthing experience. It gives you a greater understanding of you and your capacities, which will stay with you throughout your life as a mother.
Being prepared can include having a birth plan, and having a clear idea about what you want in the birthing suite. Every birth is unique, and sometimes the best made plans will go astray, but it is good to have a sense of how you would like your experience to unfold, if only so there is time spent considering what is right for you.
In addition to hospital antenatal classes, we recommend engaging the services of an independent Child birth educator and doing a Calm birth or Hypno-birthing course.
Speak to your acupuncturist about what can be tried for breech presentations; the use of acupressure and other non pharmaceutical interventions for pain relief during labour; how to avoid long labour times, and partner preparation.
Doula services and Independent Childbirth Education
Doula services are important when considering your birthing options. For more information on Doula services, what they provide, your investment and why it is important to consider contact the Australian Doula College