Acupuncture After Miscarriage

by Andrea
(British Columbia, Canada)

Hi Amelia,
I wrote to you a couple of months ago about my elevated FSH levels, but now I have a question about acupuncture after miscarriage. I started to see an acupuncturist a few weeks ago and she told me that I have Kidney Yang, Spleen Qi and some mild blood stasis (varicose and spider veins) deficiency. I also have cold hands and feet a lot, especially during the fall and the winter.

I had a couple of acupuncture treatments in July and had a 5 day long period at the end of the same month. I continued with 2 more treatments in August and I found out that I was pregnant at the end of August. I told my acupuncturist about my pregnancy and she adviced me not to take any further treatments during pregnancy. I wasn't also given any herbs.

Well, I miscarried in mid-September. I was devastated, as I was only 6 weeks along. This was my second pregnancy. Both pregnancies were over at 6 weeks. I went back to my acupuncturist last week and she told me that she read something in one of her books about 'slippery fetus'. What does this term mean? Do I need to take some herbs?

I also have prescription for Clomid from a fertility clinic, but I am hesitant to take it. Do you have any advice or suggestions for me? I attached my graph. I stopped charting my temperature once I was sure that I was pregnant. The graph shows ovulation on Day 19. My LH hormone surged that day (I used the LH urine testers).

Thank you for your help,

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Acupuncture After Miscarriage
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Andrea,
I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. I disagree with your acupuncturist and would have have treated you through your first trimester, especially since you had already had a miscarriage.

Slippery fetus can mean that the implantation isn't solid. Also, with your TCM diagnosis of Kidney Yang and Spleen Qi deficiency, you're at a higher risk of miscarriage. I definitely feel that potent personalized Chinese herbs are in order.

It's important to warm the Kidney Yang, which would warm the womb. Cold womb is often the back drop to infertility. Also, the herbs should be focused on tonifying your Spleen Qi. This would lift the womb and help prevent miscarriage.

From your chart, it appears that there is a slight hormonal imbalance. Also, the erratic temps during the follicular phase show that Yin may need to be nourished and stress reduced.

Lastly, I find that early miscarriage is usually due to poor sperm quality, luteal phase defect or thyroid issues. Clomid is not the solution. You're obviously ovulating and Clomid is indicated when a woman isn't ovulating. It's promising that you can get pregnant, now it's a matter of figuring out if it's the sperm, luteal phase or the thyroid.

Sending Healing Energy Your Way,
Amelia Hirota

I second that.
by: Aaron Leon Kenin, L.Ac.

Hello. I am also sorry for you loss. I am an acupuncturist in California, and I want to agree that getting acupuncture and/or herbal treatment during pregnancy would probably be a good idea for any pregnant mother with a history of one or more misscarriages. If your acupuncturist is not comfortable treating during pregnancy, you can probably find one who is.


Aaron Leon Kenin

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