Gynecology and Fertility
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used for centuries to improve fertility for both men and women. In fact, more and more scientific studies are proving its effectiveness both on it’s own and in conjunction with Western medicine. At Saint Lucie Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we use our extensive experience to determine each individual patient’s needs and challenges, we create customized plans to regulate your cycle and/or improve fertility results, whilst being mindful of where Western medicine would be useful as well.
After a great many years of treating patients with infertility, Dr Munoz-Rivera has dedicated herself to empowering her patients to restore their body’s natural balance and optimize their reproductive health, aiding them to greater health and fertility. She offers a safe, natural and effective alternative treatment for infertility caused by
- high FSH levels
- poor egg quality
- low ovarian reserve
- polycystic ovarian syndrome(PCOS)
- thin uteral lining
- luteal phase defect
- unexplained infertility
- imunologic infertility
- menstrual irregularities
- frequent miscarriage
Compassion, empathy, care and understanding for her patients are an integral part of Dr. Munoz-Rivera's practice. To fulfill that mission, she offers an extensive, individualized personal evaluation, health care assessment and treatment plan on the first visit, as well as discussing general lifestyle concerns. Her goal is to help each and every patient regain their health and vitality, and, in the case of women with infertility issues, ultimately offer treatment that will result in not only a successful pregnancy, but also a healthy full term baby!
Whether you just started trying, or have been given a diagnosis of infertility, acupuncture can help. Our Acupuncturist specializes in improving fertility and reproductive health. We provide treatments for the whole person/couple from symptoms to the root cause. Our treatments are personalized to you and aim to encourage optimal wellness.
Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to optimize your health during your pregnancy. From preventing some types of miscarriage to relieving pain, nausea, constipation, and preparing you for labor and delivery, our skilled practitioners will safely help you through any stage of your pregnancy.
Acupuncture may help the body to get ready and ease up the process of labor, shortening the labor hours, reducing pain, reducing common risks during labor time. Acupuncture have been shown to stimulate uterine contractions and, while these points are avoided throughout most of the pregnancy, they work wonderfully for signaling the body to go into labor at full term. This type of treatment is completely safe and should be started at around week 37. Labor induction with acupuncture was recently shown in a study to reduce medical inductions by 35-43%, the use of epidurals by 31% and emergency Cesareans by 32%.
At around 34 to 37 weeks gestation, a fetus becomes positioned for birth with its head down. When not positioned this way, it is considered a breech presentation. By using moxibustion (the warming of a specific acupuncture point with an herbal incense), babies turn into correct position 69-85% of the time.
POST PARTUM RECOVERY
Women experiencing any symptoms after giving birth can benefit greatly from acupuncture. At Saint Lucie Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine we often help women who are experiencing constipation, urinary and pelvic floor problems, insomnia, back pain, hip pain, low milk supply, carpal tunnel, insomnia, night sweats, post partum depression, or fatigue associated with the post partum time.
POST PARTUM DEPRESSION
After giving birth, the body goes through hormonal changes that can manifest both physically and mentally. Acupuncture can help moderate these hormonal changes and smooth this transition. Our experienced practitioners can also prescribe safe Chinese herbs to help speed recovery and stabilize the mood.
There are specific acupuncture points and Chinese herbs that can increase the milk supply in lactating women. Our experienced Acupuncturist can also discuss dietary and lifestyle changes to support healthy milk supply.