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Increasing your chances of pregnancy

Female Fertility • IVF Acupuncture

Get pregnant faster, with less stress

Get pregnant faster,
with less stress

Have a team around you to help carry the load

Have a team around you
to help carry the load

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for fertility addresses many factors such as stress, hormonal imbalances and digestive issues. It can also support the regulation of your menstrual cycle without the use of synthetic drugs.

We take you seriously, with a focus on you as a whole

We work with you and your Western doctors to balance all aspects of life,
giving you the best chance of conceiving

Sustain Health Fertility Program

Our Fertility Program is flexible and tailored to you to help achieve your goals

Explore the timeline below to find out how Western and Eastern medicine can work together, and what the phases of your program can include. You can discuss your options via our 15 min Complementary
Consultation held online, or book in right away.

The Importance of Preparation

You have a far greater chance of impacting your pregnancy outcome in the preparation phase than at any other time. Chinese Medicine is also most effective when performed continuously over a long period of time.
GP Consult

STEP 1

GP Consult

To start your journey, we highly recommend that you discuss your options with your General Practitioner, who may refer you to a Fertility Specialist to assess your options. You may then be recommended various prescriptions and tests.

However, you do not need a GP referral to visit us.

First Visit

STEP 2

First Visit

For your first appointment, your practitioner spends 60 minutes with you to understand you and your lifestyle.

We explore your medical history and diagnose by feeling your pulse, viewing your tongue, and palpating points on your body.

We also include education regarding acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle and fertility in all our sessions.

Herbal Medicine Prescription

STEP 3

Herbal Medicine Prescription

Prescribed dosage per day
Your practitioner will prescribe you personal herbs to support your fertility and any other ailments. These may change as your condition improves.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 4

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week for first month
1x treatment per week for remaining months

  • Regulate your cycle and support pains or issues
  • Thicken the uterine lining & improve egg quality
  • Strengthen your kidney, spleen, liver and flow of qi
  • Prime all parts of your body to support pregnancy
  • Relieve stress & support your sleep
  • Reduce the chances of a miscarriage
  • Treat other symptoms


Conception Support

Select your journey type

Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 1

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week for first month
1x treatment per week for remaining months

  • Regulate your cycle and support pains or issues
  • Thicken the uterine lining & improve egg quality
  • Strengthen your kidney, spleen, liver and flow of qi
  • Prime all parts of your body to support pregnancy
  • Relieve stress & support your sleep
  • Reduce the chances of a miscarriage
  • Treat other symptoms
GP Consult

STEP 2

Pregnancy Test

After trying for a baby, a Pregnancy Test is taken and if positive, the program will progress into supporting your pregnancy, as outlined in the next phases.

Timing

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) support relies heavily on careful timing to increase your chances of success. IVF can also be a very stressful period, and acupuncture will help alleviate stress as well as any side effects from IVF medication.
GP Consult

STEP 1

Ovarian Stimulation Drugs

After the first day of your period, you begin injections to stimulate follicular growth before a final trigger injection to release the eggs.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 2

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week
  • Alleviate any side effects from IVF medication
  • Improve circulation and nutrition to follicles
  • Support digestion throughout the cycle
  • Improve blood flow to the uterus
  • Relieve stress & support your sleep
  • Prime all parts of your body to support pregnancy
  • Treat other symptoms
GP Consult

STEP 3

Egg Retrieval

Your eggs are collected, fertilised and cultivated into embryos. Extra embryos will be frozen for future embryo transfer cycles if needed.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 4

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week
Recommended day after Egg Retrieval and day prior to Embryo Transfer

  • Reduce any inflammation following egg collection
  • Address any Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) and support recovery
  • Help with restoring normal functions of bowel movements
  • Support energy levels and sleep
  • Prepare body for embryo transfer
  • Relieve stress
  • Treat other symptoms
GP Consult

STEP 5

Embryo Transfer

The embryo is implanted in your womb.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 6

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week
Recommended day after Embryo Transfer

  • Calm the nervous system
  • Encourage blood flow to the uterus
  • Reduce stress & support sleep
  • Support implantation of embryo
  • Treat other symptoms
GP Consult

STEP 7

Pregnancy Test

The test is taken 2 weeks after insemination and if positive, the program will progress into supporting your pregnancy, as outlined in the next phases.

Timing

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) support relies heavily on careful timing to increase your chances of success. IUI can also be a very stressful period, and acupuncture will help alleviate stress as well as symptoms from medication.
GP Consult

STEP 1

IUI Insemination

After sperm collection, insemination to fertilise your eggs is performed via a syringe at home or by your GP or Fertility Specialist.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 2

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week
Recommended day of Insemination

  • Alleviate any side effects from medications
  • Support digestion throughout the cycle
  • Improve blood flow to the uterus
  • Relieve stress & support your sleep
  • Support implantation of embryo
  • Prime all parts of your body to support pregnancy
  • Treat other symptoms
GP Consult

STEP 3

Pregnancy Test

The test is taken 2 weeks after insemination and if positive, the program will progress into supporting your pregnancy, as outlined in the next phases.
GP Consult

STEP 1

Ovarian Stimulation Drugs

After the first day of your period, you begin injections to stimulate follicular growth before a final trigger injection to release the eggs.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 2

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week
  • Alleviate any side effects from IVF medication
  • Improve circulation and nutrition to follicles
  • Support digestion throughout the cycle
  • Improve blood flow to the uterus
  • Relieve stress & support your sleep
  • Prime all parts of your body to support pregnancy
  • Treat other symptoms
GP Consult

STEP 3

Egg Retrieval

Your eggs are collected and then frozen, or fertilised and cultivated into embryos before freezing. You may also pass them to a gestational carrier.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 1

Acupuncture Treatments

2x treatments per week for 6-12 weeks
1x treatment per week for remaining months

  • Reduce the chances of a miscarriage
  • Reduce morning sickness symptoms
  • Strengthen your back
  • Relieve fatigue and boost energy
  • Ensure your baby is receiving nutrition
  • Support deep sleep
  • Help with swelling and water retention
  • Address any pains in the body
  • Correct birthing position in preparation for labour
  • Support the onset of labour with acupuncture induction
  • Relieve stress
  • Treat other symptoms

STEP 2

Birth

Congratulations! Your work has paid off and it’s time to celebrate.
Acupuncture Treatments

STEP 5

Acupuncture Treatments

1-2x treatments per week
  • Boost your energy and alleviate blood-loss
  • Support natural production of milk supply
  • Relieve stress & postpartum depression
  • Support your sleep
  • Treat other symptoms
Personalised Care Plans

Personalised Care Plans

For new patients, we provide a unique Care Plan to establish treatment expectations and reflect on outcomes.

Find out what to expect

FAQs

How it works

Acupuncture uses extremely fine needles that stimulate specific points to redirect blood flow, as well as neural, chemical and hormonal signals. The redirection of energy known as qi (pronounced chi) also restores optimal functions of the body. It operates both from a biological and spiritual view, and creates an environment that allows your body to naturally heal itself, without synthetic drugs or surgery.

Impact on fertility

Fertility begins in the mind and is highly reliant on a state of perfect balance within the body, signaling that it is safe to have a baby. Stress, irregular menstrual cycles, or other health problems have a critical impact on this, and acupuncture can help to realign your bodily systems from a holistic perspective.
Endocrine Gif

Example of treatment

The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs. It uses hormones to manage your body’s metabolism, energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and response to injury, stress and mood. It is directly linked to your ability to conceive.
Reduce stress

Reduce stress

Stress releases cortisol, which changes the hormonal balance that is key to the reproductive cycle

Balance hormones

Balance hormones

Acupuncture has a normalising effect on bodily systems, including reproductive hormones
Regulates nervous system

Regulates nervous system

Acupuncture can support the normal communication between pituitary and ovaries
Meridian Gif

Example of treatment

The Meridian System

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a meridian or Jing Lou, is a pathway through which qi and energy flows. They have different names, such as acupuncture meridians, acupoints, and energy vessels. Meridians are similar to the circulatory system, but are non-visible.
Restore Balance icon

Restore balance

Acupuncture redirects the flow of qi through the body, correctly distributing energy
The Meridian System​ Increase blood flow

Increase blood flow

Acupuncture can improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, leading to better survival of eggs
Acupuncture can unblock stagnations in the body that leads to poor functioning of organ systems

Removes blockages

Acupuncture can unblock stagnations in the body that leads to poor functioning of organ systems

How it works

Chinese herbal medicine is derived from pattern differentiation, which involves identifying a person’s head-to-toe collection of signs and symptoms. The herbal medicine doesn’t treat symptoms or diseases, it treats the entire human being’s biochemical imbalances using the properties of natural plants in the form of a pill or powder.

Impact on fertility

Your fertility is firmly rooted in the balance of your menstrual cycle, and herbal medicine has the potential to regulate your cycle to improve your chances of pregnancy. A common prescription is Peony Root (Chì Sháo 赤芍), used in the treatment of menstrual disorders.
Formulas mixed on site

Formulas mixed on site

Our Chinese herbal medicine pass through stringent quality control systems to ensure they are pure and not adulterated

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Ovarian Cysts
Elevated FSH
Immunological Factors
Endometriosis
Decreased Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained Infertility
Amenorrhoea
Hormone Imbalances
Irregular Menses
Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
Uterine Fibroids

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We can still help

What fertility conditions can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat
Many IVF centres recommend fertility acupuncture to support fertility treatments such as IVF. There are different specialists for different conditions and this also applies to acupuncturists. Here at Sustain Health, we are the leading experts in fertility acupuncture. We have been supporting couples and individuals for almost 20 years. All our practitioners have a minimum of 6 years experience in fertility acupuncture. They are led by our Chief Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Dr Scott Ling, who holds a Master’s of Reproductive Medicine from UNSW.
After your first treatment, you will start to feel the effects of acupuncture. You should generally expect to see improvements in the first three treatments. If you are undergoing IVF or IUI, we recommend coming in 3 months before.
If you are undergoing IVF, IUI, or taking certain fertility medication, you will need to talk to a practitioner about whether herbal medicine is right for you. Acupuncture, however, is completely fine.
Have more questions?
What fertility conditions can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat

What fertility conditions can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Ovarian Cysts
Elevated FSH
Immunological Factors
Endometriosis
Decreased Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained Infertility
Amenorrhoea
Hormone Imbalances
Irregular Menses
Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
Uterine Fibroids

Don't see your condition?

Find out what to expect

Does acupuncture really help fertility?

How it works

Acupuncture uses extremely fine needles that stimulate specific points to redirect blood flow, as well as neural, chemical and hormonal signals. The redirection of energy known as qi (pronounced chi) also restores optimal functions of the body. It works in a physiological way to create an environment that allows your body to naturally heal itself, without synthetic drugs or surgery.

Impact on fertility

Fertility begins in the mind and is highly reliant on a state of perfect balance within the body, signaling that it is safe to have a baby. Stress, irregular menstrual cycles, or other health problems have a critical impact on this, and acupuncture can help to realign your bodily systems from a holistic perspective.
Sustain health Does acupuncture really help fertility
Endocrine Gif

Example of treatment

The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs. It uses hormones to manage your body’s metabolism, energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and response to injury, stress and mood. It is directly linked to your ability to conceive.
Reduce stress

Reduce stress

Stress releases cortisol, which changes the hormonal balance that is key to the reproductive cycle

Balance hormones

Balance hormones

Acupuncture has a normalising effect on bodily systems, including reproductive hormones
Regulates nervous system

Regulates nervous system

Acupuncture can support the normal communication between pituitary and ovaries
Meridian Gif

Example of treatment

The Meridian System

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a meridian or Jing Lou, is a pathway through which qi and energy flows. They have different names, such as acupuncture meridians, acupoints, and energy vessels. Meridians are similar to the circulatory system, but are non-visible.
Restore Balance icon

Restore balance

Acupuncture redirects the flow of qi through the body, correctly distributing energy
The Meridian System​ Increase blood flow

Increase blood flow

Acupuncture can improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, leading to better survival of eggs
Acupuncture can unblock stagnations in the body that leads to poor functioning of organ systems

Removes blockages

Acupuncture can unblock stagnations in the body that leads to poor functioning of organ systems

Can herbal medicine boost fertility?

How it works

Chinese herbal medicine is derived from pattern differentiation, which involves identifying a person’s head-to-toe collection of signs and symptoms. The herbal medicine doesn’t treat symptoms or diseases, it treats the entire human being’s biochemical imbalances using the properties of natural plants in the form of a powder.

Impact on fertility

Your fertility is firmly rooted in the balance of your menstrual cycle, and herbal medicine has the potential to regulate your cycle to improve your chances of pregnancy. A common prescription is Peony Root (Chì Sháo 赤芍), used in the treatment of menstrual disorders.
Formulas mixed on site

Formulas mixed on site

Our Chinese herbal medicine pass through stringent quality control systems to ensure they are pure and not adulterated

Sustain Health Can herbal medicine boost fertility

FAQs

Many IVF centres recommend fertility acupuncture to support fertility treatments such as IVF. There are different specialists for different conditions and this also applies to acupuncturists. Here at Sustain Health, we are the leading experts in fertility acupuncture. We have been supporting couples and individuals for almost 20 years. All our practitioners have a minimum of 6 years experience in fertility acupuncture. They are led by our Chief Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Dr Scott Ling, who holds a Master’s of Reproductive Medicine from UNSW.
After your first treatment, you will start to feel the effects of acupuncture. You should generally expect to see improvements in the first three treatments. If you are undergoing IVF or IUI, we recommend coming in 3 months before.
If you are undergoing IVF, IUI, or taking certain fertility medication, you will need to talk to a practitioner about whether herbal medicine is right for you. Acupuncture, however, is completely fine.
Have more questions?

Our Fertility Team

We pride ourselves on matching our practitioners to our patients
Find out who is right for you, or discuss your options via our online 15 minute Complementary Consultation.
Dr Scott Ling

Dr Scott Ling

CHIEF ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

Dr Jacqueline Heng our practitioner team img

Dr Jacqueline Heng

SENIOR ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

Dr Evan Pritchard

SENIOR ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

our team picture Dr Adibah Surani

Dr Adibah Surani

ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

Payment Support

It is important to be matched to a practitioner that suits you best.
Their prices differ due to seniority, experience, and specialisation. Find out who you connect with the most by reading about Our Team or discuss your options via our online 15 minute Complimentary Consultation.

Consultation fees are GST exempt and can be paid by EFTPOS, cash, bank transfer, credit card (AMEX accepted), or Afterpay at reception after your treatment.

If you become pregnant during your Fertility Program, the services will change to support your pregnancy as outlined in the timeline, but the cost and duration will remain the same. You can also hold any remaining pre-paid treatments for use in the future.
Once you have completed your Fertility Program you can choose to renew it, depending on your pregnancy outcome.

We are registered with HICAPS and participating Health Funds can be found here. However, the ability to claim the cost of our services is dependent on your coverage. Most Health Funds cover acupuncture, but with varying rates. Bring your Health Fund card to claim rebates upon payment or ask for an invoice. Packages or Programs purchased upfront can be claimed via invoice.
Most of our practitioners are registered with Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Workspace. Our chiropractors are also registered with Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) or Chronic Disease Management (CDM), which are funded by Medicare. Our services can be claimed with a valid referral.
Please Contact Us for more information.

Late cancellation or rescheduling consultations without 24-48 hour notice (depending on consultation length) will incur a cancellation fee of $40.
Sustain Health’s focus is helping people. Depending on the complexity of your condition, if we cannot help you within the first 3-6 sessions, we will refer you to other appropriate health care professionals.

Upfront Program Fees

Dr Scott Ling

CHIEF ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Prefer to pay per treatment?

Dr Jacqueline Heng

SENIOR ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Prefer to pay per treatment?

Dr Evan Pritchard

SENIOR ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Prefer to pay per treatment?

Dr Adibah Surani

ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Prefer to pay per treatment?

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