Your IVF treatment: Are you a “passenger”?

Fertility treatment and especially IVF can be seriously tough and complicated journey. Making the right and informed decisions right at the beginning may save you years of treatment. A minibook “Must-Ask Questions for IVF Newbies” was recommended by one of my patients. This little gem will answer many of your questions and give you ideas about the questions you need to ask your doctor.

Your reproductive endocrinologist will be able to do more for you if you take an active role in your treatment. This book is about your first step of taking a seat of a co-pilot rather than a passenger in your fertility journey.

The “Must-Ask Questions for IVF Newbies” for your PC or a multimedia tablet is available for $2.99 from Amazon.


Celebrities endorsing acupuncture for fertility

One of my fertility patients emailed me today that the number of celebs who endorse acupuncture for infertility is growing and I should have this on my blog.

In May Celine Dion announced she was pregnant with twins.  The 42 year-old Canadian singer underwent 6 cycles of IVF. She credited acupuncture for the success in her last IVF cycle.

Last week a 41-year-old pop diva Mariah Carey announced that she was pregnant. And she has new mom Celine Dion to thank for her pregnancy – she tried acupuncture to help her conceive after hearing the Canadian superstar rave about the treatment.

Success at Last: Couples fighting infertility might have more control than they think

Success at Last
Couples fighting infertility might have more control than they think
By Deborah Kotz
Posted 4/29/07

Tracy Ryan had given up hope of having a second child. Two years of trying to conceive, including three failed artificial inseminations, had finally culminated in a successful in vitro fertilization-and 2-year-old Christopher. But further attempts at in vitro had left Ryan, 35, disappointed and exhausted. Desperate to feel better, the stay-at-home mom from Fair Haven, N.J., decided to try acupuncture, kick her six-can-a-day Diet Pepsi habit, and eat more fish, fruits, and vegetables. Eight weeks later and slimmer by 7 pounds, Ryan was shocked to discover that she was pregnant. “I was literally shaking when I saw the pregnancy test,” she says. “My husband made me buy a different brand to verify it.”

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A skeptic doctor strongly recommends acupuncture to improve IVF success rate


Medical researcher Dr Shaun Holt used to belong to New Zealand skeptic society, an organisation known for being critical of acupuncture. Dr Holt reviewed a lot of research on natural medicine and as a result has changed his opinion about some of the natural medicines. Yesterday he appeared on TV endorsing acupuncture as very safe and effective treatment for back pain, headaches and improving success rate of IVF (in vitro fertilisation). Watch the report on TVNZ.

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Fertility, IVF and Acupuncture books

Among the good strategies of dealing with stress of infertility and IVF (apart from acupuncture, of course!) is getting more information about your condition and what you can do.

Another one is reading stories of people who have been in your situation. I can recommend you a couple of good books.

One, The Infertility Cure, is on acupuncture and infertility, but it also gives you a good roundup of diet and other things you can do yourself.
Another one recommended by one of my patients, is Legs Up and Laughing. In this book Vanessa Bates takes you on her “Big Great Fertility Ride”. This one is for you AND your partner.

Do you have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments.

Summer is best time for fertility treatment

Summer is best time for fertility treatment

Women who undergo fertility treatment during the summer are twice as likely to become pregnant as when they try in winter, British researchers have found.

Longer daylight hours appear to improve the chances of successful treatment, according to the study.

The research was presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).