Fertility Acupuncture

Oregon Reproductive Medicine offers acupuncture services on site to support the transfer day of your IVF or Frozen cycle.

Our Acupuncture Team is available seven days a week, and your appointment can be easily scheduled through your coordinator at ORM. Adding acupuncture to your embryo transfer can help reduce stress and anxiety,1-4 by helping to relax the mind and body through the release of your own natural stress relievers (endorphins),5,6 which can improve your experience on transfer day.7

Acupuncture is part of ancient system of medicine that has evolved into an effective treatment with many modern applications. Our acupuncture team recommends starting treatment at the same time as suppression (for example, when you start birth control or lupron) or earlier and continuing through your entire cycle for the best results. Two studies have shown acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, as well as increasing uterine lining 8,9 which may improve response to the IVF medications.10,11 In a large observational study, an average of 14 acupuncture sessions (including two sessions on the day of embryo transfer and an additional session 5-7 days after transfer) were added to IVF and was associated with more live births and fewer biochemical pregnancies.12

After you become pregnant, you may continue acupuncture once a week through the first trimester to maintain a healthy pregnancy and reduce symptoms common in the first trimester. If you have any questions about the acupuncture services we offer, please contact one of our team acupuncturists.

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Hong Jin

DAOM, MD (P.R.C.), L. Ac.

Hong Jin, DAOM, MD (P.R.C.), L. Ac., received her medical degree from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R.China, in 1985.

After graduating, she taught Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Center, World Health Organization Collaborative Center on Traditional Medicine for 6 years. In addition, she has been involved in extensive research including using acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation and weight loss. Since 1992, she has taught and lectured in the United States and Canada on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She joined Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) as a classroom teacher and clinic supervisor in 1993, and received her doctoral degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from OCOM in 2007 with a specialty in Women’s Health and Geriatrics. She teaches Women’s healthy specialty modules in the doctoral programs at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is the Chair of Oriental Medicine department and faculty trustee at OCOM.

In 2003, she was one of two recipients of the 2nd annual “Bridges of Integration” awards presented by the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. In 2012, she received the “Flying Horse” award from Northwest China Council for her outstanding service in promoting Chinese Medicine in the U.S.

Dr. Jin has worked with Oregon Reproductive Medicine since 1999. She is also involved nationally and internationally in promoting integrative medicine. In addition, she is a chief investigator for several NIH funded research projects, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and its relationship to hormonal imbalance in women; Endometriosis Pain: Chinese Medicine vs. Hormone Therapy; and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Education Project. She has also served as an advisory committee member for the Acupuncture Practitioner Research Education Enhancement (APREE) grant.


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Morgan Hogue

MAcOM, LAc

Morgan Hogue, MAcOM, LAc, is an acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy care.

She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2006. Morgan is board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbs by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Morgan has found acupuncture to be effective during the fertility process and into pregnancy. She has significant experience working with patients during their IVF cycle and on the day of their embryo transfer. Morgan is described by patients as a warm, caring, compassionate practitioner.

In addition to specialized training in the areas of fertility, pregnancy care and women’s health, Morgan has studied and is a practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage™.

She is currently seeing patients at Blossom Clinic in NE Portland. In her free time, Morgan loves spending time with her family in the outdoors skiing, camping and hiking.


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Lisa Pate

Lisa Pate is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner.

She has been working specifically in the field of reproductive medicine and fertility since 2004.

After receiving her Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental medicine in 2001, she travelled to China to see this age–old, integrative medicine in action. While in China, she observed and studied in the women’s health, pediatric, and gastrointestinal clinics. She also has an undergraduate degree in nutrition, and maintains her license and registration as a Dietitian.

Lisa is passionate about using her acupuncture skills and knowledge of Chinese medicine to provide personalized treatment for women and couples wanting to create and grow their family. For over 10 years, in both her private practice as well as working with reproductive endocrinologists in clinics, she has observed the numerous benefits that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide to women and families seeking support and treatment for their reproductive health, in vitro fertilization cycles, and other fertility interventions.

Chinese Medicine is a well–developed and ancient practice that plays an important role in our modern–day medical world. Lisa is active in a multiyear, continuing education Chinese medicine program that fulfills her desire for ongoing study and further strengthens her skills as an acupuncture fertility specialist.

Her private practice is located in Southeast Portland. When she is not there or studying, you can find her enjoying time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, and gardening.


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Liz Richards

Liz Richards is a licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist with over a decade experience treating fertility patients with natural medicine.

She is known for her compassion, connection to patients, and process-oriented approach. Liz is the clinic director and owner of Blossom Clinic in Portland, Oregon and author of Nourishing Fertility: An A-to-Z Guide, a patient-centered e-book filled with her best fertility tips and advice.

Liz Richards is a 1996 graduate of Cornell University where she earned a BS in Human Development & Family Studies and pre-medical sciences.  She also earned a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002.

Liz Richards is a member of RESOLVE National Infertility Association and National Association of Reproductive Medicine. She is licensed in the states of Oregon and California. She was acknowledged in Portland Monthly Magazine as a top practitioner in her field in 2014 and 2015.


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Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin

DAOM, LAc, FABORM

Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM, is an acupuncturist and researcher with extensive experience in reproductive medicine.

She graduated with her Master of Science degree from Bastyr University in 2001, and her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009. Dr. Hullender Rubin is board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbs by NCCAOM, and reproductive medicine by ABORM.

Her primary clinical interest is ensuring patients receive the most effective care so they may achieve their family building goals. She has extensive experience in using acupuncture and Chinese medicine as an adjuvant to in vitro Fertilization (IVF), and since 2001, she has supported thousands of patients through the process.

Dr. Hullender Rubin managed an acupuncture program for more than five years at a Seattle IVF clinic, and published many research papers looking at the impact of acupuncture and Chinese medicine on IVF birth outcomes. She and her work have been highlighted on KING-TV, CBC Radio, CBS Radio Grow Cook Heal podcast, Yin Yang Podcast, and in Portland Monthly, Seattle Metropolitan, and Georgia Straight.

She currently sees patients at the Portland Acupuncture Studio located within an integrative gynecology clinic in northwest Portland. When away from work, she enjoys time with her family, walking or biking around town, and browsing the shelves at Powell’s bookstore.


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  2. Domar AD, Meshay I, Kelliher J, Alper M, Powers RD. The impact of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcome. Fertil Steril. 2009;91(3):723-726.
  3. Isoyama D, Cordts EB, de Souza van Niewegen AM, de Almeida Pereira de Carvalho W, Matsumura ST, Barbosa CP. Effect of acupuncture on symptoms of anxiety in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: a prospective randomised controlled study. Acupunct Med. 2012;30(2):85-88.
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