Welcome to the Zen Fertility program! We're delighted you're here to learn about fertility acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Our program is based on more than five decades of combined experience in holistic medicine -- addressing a patient's whole body health -- in a treatment plan with no negative side effects and a proven success rate.

 Why Fertility Acupuncture? 

Because it works. Acupuncture helps prepare your body for a healthy conception.

Consider this: the average IVF success rate for women under 35 is 46%. At Zen Fertility Center, our patients who combine acupuncture with their In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments boost their success rate to 77%.

And as remarkable an improvement as that seems, here's another: for women over 42 years old, whose success rates with IVF alone are close to 9%, combining IVF with acupuncture at Zen Fertility gives them a success rate of 36% -- 4 times more successful than with IVF alone.

It's because fertility acupuncture in women promotes improved blood flow to the uterus, which results in better egg quality and more stable implantation of the fertilized egg.

In our program, we establish a treatment plan utilizing the best of Eastern and Western traditions, with special attention to helping you manage stress -- often one of the biggest obstacles to conception and maintaining heathy pregnancies.

The five arrows in our quiver -- Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Supplement Regime, Nutritional Guidance and Lifestyle Counseling -- are designed to empower our patients on their path toward growing their families. 

 Why Start Fertility Acupuncture Now? 

A woman's age, health, and commitment to the Zen Fertility program all affect the length of time it takes to become pregnant. A healthy woman under 25 has a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving in 1 month, with an average conception time of 4 months. That average jumps to 7 months at age 35, and 20 months for a woman over 40.

If you are not yet 35 years, it would be advisable for you to start off with a pre-pregnancy checkup at Zen Fertility. This will save a great amount of time if any infertility problems are suspected, thus saving precious cycles in which to conceive.

If you are over 35 years, it is highly recommended that you begin trying to conceive under the care of Zen Fertility. This will ensure that time will not be wasted, and that everything is done correctly for conception to occur.

We want to help our patients conceive in the healthiest, fastest and most cost-effective way possible.  In many initial consultations, we determine acupuncture should be the first -- and possibly only -- treatment necessary. Every patient is different -- and every patient deserves differentiated care. 

 How long will fertility acupuncture take? 

Our program recommends acupuncture at least 1-2 times a week.  Many clients also use herbs and supplements to enhance the effectiveness of their program.  An advantage of acupuncture is that with each treatment, the benefits become cumulative -- every month has a greater likelihood of success than the last.

Using fertility acupuncture, the length of treatment necessary for a successful pregnancy depend on the complexity of your health situation.  Some people respond quickly with only a few treatments, and for others the process may take longer - up to 2 years. 

For women trying to conceve naturally, typical treatment times to acheive a successful pregnancy are:

  • under 35 years old - less than 6 months
  • between 35-40 years - 6 months to 1 year
  • over 40 years - at least 1 year

In general, the older you are, the longer you may need treatment. 

For women using medicated fertility treatments such as insemination and IVF, our goal is to maximize your chances of success within the time frame given.  If you have not committed to a cycle, using acupuncture as soon as possible to prepare will give you your best chances. 

Men with male factor infertility need at least 3-6 months of acupuncture therapy to improve sperm quality.  Acupuncture to improve male factor is recommended even for women undergoing ICSI with IVF so that the pool of good quality sperm will be increased.


 What will fertility acupuncture cost? 

According to a published study, tThe average cost for a fertility treatment ranged from $1,182 to $24,373 for a 1 time chance of conceiving.  With multiple treatments, those costs skyrocketed.

In comparison, based on a 6 month program of weekly acupuncture treatments, a client will spend $1,800 at Zen Fertility Center (not including herbs and supplements) with up to 6 chances of a successful conception, assuming a regular menstrual cycle.

Adding acupuncture to a Western fertility treatment program boosts success rates, resulting in fewer treatments and a lower overall cost.  The use of fertility acupuncture to support insemination or IVF increases the efficacy of that medical treatment cycle, thus decreasing the likelihood of needing additional cycles. This saves time, money, and -- happily -- stress.

 Why Zen Fertility Center? 

For over 15 years, Zen Fertility Center has provided acupuncture to San Diego residents.  At Zen Fertility Center, you are assured that your acupuncturist has had intensive fertility acupuncture training above and beyond their basic acupuncture education.  Our acupuncturists have completed extensive post graduate training in men's and women's reproductive health including gynecology and obstetrics, support for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (including IUI and IVF support), and pre- and post-natal treatment.

In addition, although you will be seeing one acupuncturist regularly, that acupuncturist will have the collective knowledge of our entire group - a combined experience of over 50 years.  Unique to Zen Fertility Center, we have ongoing fertility education where we regularly share our accumulated knowledge with case studies, learn from respected fertility doctors. and do ongoing research.  This educational round table and our internal communications enables us to stay abreast of the most current fertility information so we can provide you the best care with the most updated data.

We have a herbal and supplement pharmacy of hundreds of different formulations, allowing us to determine which would best support you in optimizing your fertility health.  If you are trying to conceive naturally, you MUST work with an acupuncturist skilled in using herbs AND supplements.  If you are not, your chances of success are severely limited and we encourage you strongly to seek other options.
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"I just wanted to thank you once again for making acupuncture such a wonderful experience for me. I am soooooo excited about finally being able to conceive. I'm pregnant!!! I look forward to our visits because I have a lot of faith in what you do. Even more so now I am a strong believer in acupuncture and natural medicine. You are truly amazing and I love the positive energy that I feel during my visits. I should have been screaming with joy when I told you yesterday, but I still couldn't believe it! I was so excited to tell you first, well.... I actually whispered it to your receptionist before I saw you because I couldn't contain myself! Thank you!! Thank you!! See you next week!" - Kriscinda, San Diego, CA