Infertility and IVF


Assisted Reproductive Techniques (A.R.T) - In Vitro fertilization (IVF)

It is our goal to have you conceive naturally, if possible, without the use of IVF, ICSI, IUI and other artificial reproductive techniques (A.R.T.). We recognize, however, that there are couples, which without the use of A.R.T, they would not be able to have a child of their own. For those who are unable to conceive without the use of A.R.T. it is our focus to prepare your body so your chance of success is significantly increased. I have witnessed couples unexpectedly conceive naturally without the use of A.R.T who had originally enrolled in our preconception protocol to help increase their success with IVF. In these cases it was the women's infertility at issue and the couples had been told they could not conceive naturally and required the use of IVF or Clomid. It is amazing what the body is capable of once it is balanced and functioning optimally.

 

Rushing into ART without balancing your body and its hormones is like planting a seed without cultivating the soil. In fact, it is possible that the low pregnancy rate from IVF is due not to the age of the eggs but rather the quality of the eggs resulting from a poor recruitment process. Consequently, we focus on the recruitment process to enhance your chances of success when you go through IVF, IUI and other assisted reproductive techniques.

 

We have incorporated an evidenced-based acupuncture protocol into our practice to treat infertility and increase the success rate of IVF pregnancies. The treatment is given just before and immediately after transfer of the embryo.

 

One of the major risks for IVF failure is poor endometrial receptivity at the time of implantation. We use a protocol that consists of 6-10 electro acupuncture treatments beginning on the first day of FSH injections and ends on the day of egg retrieval to increase the thickness of the endometrial (uterine) lining.

 

Chinese medicine can help improve the success rate of IVF in the following ways:

  • Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle (and its hormones) to produce a larger number of follicles
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Relax the patient and reduce stress
  • Prevent the uterus from contracting and therefore provide a better environment for the embryo to implant