Infertility and Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine has a high success rate in treating sub-fertile men and women and can be much less expensive and invasive than Western medical methods. We prefer to use the term sub fertility rather than infertility as it is more positive and conveys a sense of possibility and hope. This is what we at InMotion focus on, creating an environment of healing in the body so full term healthy babies can be born.  Read Patient Testimonials >>

Acupuncture, when combined with herbs and massage, enhances our Jing, also known as our essence, our Qi which is our energy that enlivens and animates us, and our Shen which is the spirit in our hearts. While fertility is strongly related to age, it also strongly correlates with health and the balance of the energy in our meridians. Jing, Qi and Shen enhanced is just that.
Conditions that are precursors to sub-fertility are amenorrhea , anovulation, hypothyroidism, endometriosis, elevated FSH levels, immunological fertility issues, stress and low libido, luteal phase defects, recurrent miscarriages, unexplained subfertility, poor egg quality and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). We have encountered these conditions at InMotion many times. Clomid, injectibles , IVF and IUI are the mainstays of treatment in western medicine. Acupuncture and herbs can help if done for 3-4 months before the transfer and in some cases prevent the need for the IVF or IUI. If done with IVF or IUI, research has shown that the results are 35% better with the acupuncture accompanying the process including the day of transfer, both before and after.

Miscarriage is unfortunately a 15% possibility in many first time pregnancies which can be heartbreaking especially if it was difficult to conceive. Acupuncture helps to keep the pregnancy intact by lifting the spleen Qi, increasing the blood flow, detoxing the liver and warming the uterus. Once pregnant, treatments continue less frequently yet continuously through the end of the first trimester.
While pregnant the baby can present in a breech position. Acupuncture can often help to turn the baby quite successfully and thereby prevent c- sections often. When the time is right for delivery and all systems are “go” yet labor is not progressing in a timely way, acupuncture and massage can help to induce as well. There are special points that induce the flow of the hormone pitocin and help to descend the baby, thereby creating the successful delivery. These points can be stimulated with acupuncture needles accented by electric stimulation and massage by a skilled therapist certified in prenatal techniques. 
In addition to Acupuncture and herbology ensuring a good healthy diet is a must. Often women are coached on good wholesome eating that promotes fertility. Becoming pregnant, staying pregnant and having a healthy baby and mother necessitate a healthy balanced chemistry which is facilitated by good eating.

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patient testimonials

"I would like to thank Dr. Fitelson for helping me with my fertility journey. When my husband and I made the decision to begin our family, we had no idea what obstacles we were getting ready to face. I was on the birth control pill for 10 years and was diagnosed with PCOS when my periods became irregular after stopping the pill. I would go for months without having a period, thus could not predict if or when I was ovulating. My doctor had to put me on medicine each month to trigger a period. In addition, she also tried putting me on other medications to regulate my cycles but the medicines only made me sick and did not work. That is when my research lead me to acupuncture.
I started seeing Dr. Fitelson for regular acupuncture treatments and within three weeks, I started my period on my own without the help of any medication. I could not believe it! I started coming regularly and began having regular 36 day cycles! On top of regular cycles, I began to have positive ovulation tests, which I had not had at all prior to acupuncture. I remember there was a time when I was out of town for several weeks and missed my acupuncture appointments. In that time, I did not have a positive ovulation test. When I returned and received my acupuncture treatment, I received a positive ovulation test the next day! After six months of acupuncture, I learned that I was pregnant and we are so excited to start our family.
In addition to acupuncture treatments, Dr. Fitelson also helped me change my diet and started me on Juice Plus; I believe my new diet also helped boost my fertility. I credit Dr. Fitelson and the power of acupuncture for helping me achieve my dream of having a child. Not to mention, acupuncture is extremely relaxing and helped ease the stress of everyday life and trying to conceive. I am so grateful for the services I received from Dr. Fitelson at InMotion Health Center. "
Brandy F. 

"As an employee of InMotion Health Center, I have seen several patients achieve wonderful results through chiropractic and acupuncture. I’ve used chiropractic regularly for 3 years myself, and have had great experiences with several areas, including relief of back pain and headaches, and over all feeling good. Also, I’ve experienced acupuncture several times in the last few years to help boost my immune system when starting to feel sick, and boost my energy.
Recently, my husband and I were trying to conceive and were having trouble. Eventually, my doctor determined that I needed take medication to help me ovulate regularly. I was told that it would take about 3 months after starting the medication for it to begin to take effect. I spoke with Dr. Fitelson about this, and we decided to begin regular treatments of electric acupuncture and adjustments in addition to the medicine. I had also been taking Juice Plus for over a year. After just 1 month on the medicine and 4 weeks of acupuncture and adjustments, we found out that we would be having our first child – much sooner than we or my doctor expected.
I firmly believe that it was the use of the Juice Plus, acupuncture and adjustments that helped my body respond so much quicker than originally expected. I would recommend to anyone that they use acupuncture or chiropractic for any condition they have. Your body will respond well when you give it what it needs to function properly.
Thank you to Dr. Fitelson and Dr. Neff for your recommendations and treatments."
 Stephanie S.

"I am writing this letter to recommend Dr. Sharon Fitelson. I began seeing Dr. Fitelson for acupuncture after several months of trying “conventional” treatment with medications for infertility. The treatment was expensive and I did not like all the side effects and potential long-term effects of the medications. I began treatment with Dr. Fitelson and within a few months I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were thrilled!!
I plan to continue to see Dr. Fitelson even after my baby is born. She has been a great help to me. I would highly recommend her (and I already have) for fertility treatment. She is very kind, caring and knowledgeable practitioner."
Pam K. 

"Dear Dr. Fitelson and Staff,
This letter comes to you with many thanks for all of your extremely excellent care!! I initially started acupuncture with Dr. Sharon Fitelson 2/05 after having spent over 4 years struggling with infertility. I was finally diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis with fibroids in 08/03 after laparoscopic surgery done by my infertility specialist. The outlook was not very encouraging for my husband and me to achieve a pregnancy, but we were not going to give up. I started to look into lifestyle changes and alternative approaches to help us – we were willing to do pretty much anything at this point. My research lead me to try acupuncture. Having been a registered nurse for 10 years I was very familiar with traditional medicine and a little skeptical of any alternative treatment.
After meeting with Dr. Fitelson in 2/05 I knew immediately that I had made the right decision in coming to her. Her thoroughness, compassion, and holistic approach impressed me and made me feel at ease right away. I felt for the first time that I could be more proactive in my treatment for infertility through acupuncture and with taking Juice Plus+. I knew about Juice Plus+ for a short time before coming to Dr. Fitelson, but when she explained all of the health benefits from taking it I knew I needed it for me and my family. I believe so much in the product I became a distributor myself!
I was thrilled in April 05 (just 3 months after first coming to InMotion) to learn my husband and I finally, after 4 ½ years of trying to start a family were pregnant! Only 2 months of acupuncture and Juice Plus+ and what a difference it made! The missing piece of the puzzle we needed for so long. Dr. Fitelson, thank you for helping me to achieve my most precious gift – my beautiful baby girl – due 1/20/06!"
Catherine H.

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