How Do I Make an Appointment?
To make an appointment for your initial consultation or transfer treatment at our Chapel Hill office call (919) 933-4480, for Raleigh office call (919) 854-7311.
What Makes an Acupuncturist a Fertility Specialist?
You will notice that many clinics offer infertility care as part of a long list of "specialties." Triangle Acupuncture Clinic stands out for many reasons. We are the first and only clinic in the Triangle to have infertility care as a primary specialty. For the last 15 years Triangle Acupuncture has worked closely with each of the fertility clinics in the Triangle to integrate holistic care into mainstream infertility treatment. Katherine Rowe, founder and supervisor of the fertility program at Triangle Acupuncture Clinic, is ABORM certified since 2008. ABORM is an organization comprised of the leading professionals in Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Each diplomat of ABORM has demonstrated a high level of competency in the clinical application of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as it pertains to current ART practices and has passed a board certification. Click here for more information on ABORM. Katherine trains and supervises each member of the Triangle Acupuncture staff and each practitioner has spent hundred of hours in extra coursework studying the western and eastern medical approach to treating infertility. As a patient of Triangle Acupuncture Clinic's Fertility program, you will find that our practitioners are familiar with all aspects of infertility from the emotional to the highly technical. Our passion is helping you build your family.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
For couples trying to conceive naturally, it is recommended that patients make a three month commitment to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. During this time, we will use basal body temperature charting, ovulation tests, etc and also communicate with your doctor to perform any diagnostic testing you may need to confirm results. Three months is a reasonable amount of time for you to see measurable results when there are issues with the menstrual cycle.
For couples trying Clomid, IUI or IVF cycles we will work with you as soon as you can get in. Treatments leading up to the start of a cycle can help with blood flow and better performance during medicated attempts. A more tailored plan can be made as your schedule is outlined for these procedures with your fertility clinic.
Most patients see positive changes in their health as soon as after the first or second treatment whether it is better sleep, less PMS and a decrease in stress & tension.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture in general is not painful. The needles are extremely thin (about the width of 2 human hairs), solid, disposable and flexible. Sensations that patients normally experience are a dull ache or tingling which is associated with the movement of energy stimulated by the insertion of the needles. This is a desired affect and should not feel painful. First-timers are usually uneasy about the prospect of needles and have a hard time believing that needles will be able to help you attain a deeply relaxed state. Do not be afraid! We are very gentle and interested primarily in your comfort. Once you feel (or don't feel) the first needle, all your fears will vanish.
What Happens at the Initial Consultation?
All of your questions are welcome and will be answered at your initial consultation. Here is what you can expect: The first visit will last approximately 1 ½ hours. - You will discuss your fertility and menstrual history, as well as daily habits such as digestion, sleep and exercise. Bring any information you have easily available such as BBT charts, lab reports, etc. - Your pulse and tongue will be read according to traditional Chinese principles — these two physical assessments give your acupuncturist valuable information about your blood and body systems. - Acupuncture treatment may consist of needling points on your lower back and legs and/or your abdomen, arms, legs, and head. The treatment may or may not also include the use of electrical stimulation of the points. This is a very gentle and relaxing addition to the needles which promotes circulation in the reproductive organs. The needling itself should be painless and sometimes a heavy or achy sensation will surround the location of the needles. This is a positive sign that the treatment is effective and overall it should be a deeply relaxing experience. After the acupuncture, you will discuss any questions you may have and review the treatment plan designed for you. This may or may not include a prescription of Chinese herbs. Subsequent visits will include acupuncture, updates and check-ins on diet and lifestyle health as well as uterine massage and relaxation exercises when needed.
Costs and Insurance Coverage
Currently in NC most insurance companies do not accept claims from licensed acupuncturists. Triangle Acupuncture Clinic, LLC is listed as a provider for a group of insurance companies which includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Cigna, United Healthcare, Wellpath and many others. To members of these insurance companies we offer a discount off our services. At this time, insurance companies do not allow us to bill them for treatment reimbursement so payment is due at the time of treatment. Patients are encouraged to send in receipts to their insurance carrier to see if it may be applied to their deductible or considered part of a health savings account.
Fertility Initial Consultation and Treatment
Fertility Return Visit Treatment
Transfer Day Treatment (if performed at your fertility clinic)