Acupuncture for Fertility

Chinese Medicine can play an important role in correcting underlying imbalances that affect fertility. David Stokke, MS, LAc works with both male and female clients and provides a special sensitivity when working with male factor infertility.

According to some studies, about 25% of all infertility is caused by a sperm defect and 40-50% of infertility cases have a sperm defect as the main cause, or a contributing cause.

Treatment Options
This is not easily treated since the problem is often genetic, but with assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF and ICSI (or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ie. injecting the sperm directly into the middle of the egg) success rates are as much as 60%. If ART’s are used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal medicine, one can make sure their health is at its optimum level.

Fertility Specialty
David’s wife and partner, Michelle Bullard, MS, LAc (, practices at the same office in Berkeley. She has studied with Randine Lewis, PhD, LAc of the Fertile Soul Retreats and has had much success with fertility clients over the 12 years she has been in practice.

David and Michelle provide individualized diagnostic evaluation and treatment for each client. Treatments may include acupuncture, herbs, nutritional supplements, diet suggestions, and lifestyle counseling. They support clients who are using the assisted reproductive technologies of IVF, IUI and ICSI, as well as clients trying to conceive on their own. Studies have shown that acupuncture can increase the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) by as much as twenty percent.

Their combined schedules allow them to be available for before and after IVF acupuncture treatments 7 days a week.

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