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Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Every Day The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health - An Integrated Holistic Approach
Getting To Know Your Fertility Enhancement Team
Where highly trained specialists in different yet complementary modalities take a team-oriented approach towards helping you achieve your dream of having your baby.
Dr. Mike Berkley, Director, The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health
Dr. Mike Berkley, the founder and director of The Berkley Center for Postpartum Wellness ,
Licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture in the states of New York and Connecticut, and licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture in the State of Rhode Island.
Board Certified in Clinical Herbal Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine .
An Advisory Board member of The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc. (INCIID).
I am the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to work exclusively in the field of Reproductive Pathology. I have developed unique acupuncture protocols and herbal formulae which have been shown to increase success rates by 30 to 35%.
I work exclusively in the area of reproductive medicine and enjoy working in conjunction with some of New York’s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists.
Dr. Daniel Camburn, Clinic Director, The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health
Dr. Daniel Camburn is New York State licensed and board certified in acupuncture and clinical herbal medicine. He is licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture in the State of Rhode Island.
Clinical Director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health.
Faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaching herbal medicine.
Writing three books on Chinese medicine. He has written numerous articles, and continues to lecture frequently on the subject of infertility and traditional Chinese medicine.
Dr. Irina Logman
Dr. Irina Logman, New York State licensed acupuncturist and Nationally Board Certified herbalist, is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City.
She is licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture in the State of Rhode Island.
Dr. Logman has had extensive training in the Berkley Method(TM), under the tutelage of Drs. Berkley and Camburn. Dr. Logman is the Director of our Brooklyn, New York clinic.
Cynthia Stadd, Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor
Cynthia Stadd, Certified Holistic Health Counselor specializing in nutritional therapy for enhanced reproductive function.
Accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
B.S. from NYU. Graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
Leslie Daly, Certified Yoga Instructor
Leslie received her yoga certification from Integral Yoga Institute and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
B.S. from New York University in Dance and Education
M.S. from Pratt Institute in Dance/Movement Therapy.
Leslie teaches private and group yoga classes at The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness & Women's Health.
Karen Kelly, Licensed Massage Therapist & Doula
Karen Kelly, New York State licensed, Nationally Board-Certified massage therapist.
Karen is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca NY.
She is also a DONA certified Birth Doula.
Anna Gudis, Director of Patient Services
Anna Gudis, Director of Patient Services has been an integral part of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness and Women's Health since it's inception in 1997.
Anna is the 'go-to' person for scheduling and insurance issues.
W ill the Herbs Help Me? The Answer Is YES If Your Concern Is: W ill Acupuncture & Herbs Help Me? The Answer Is YES If Your Concern Is: Poor Motility Low Sperm Count Poor Morphology Endometriosis Oligomenorrhea &Amenorrhea Stress Poor Egg Quality Partial Tubal Occlusion Idiopathic Infertility Thin Unresponsive Endometrium Irregular Menstrual Cycle High FSH Level Poor Morphology & Poor Motility Low Sperm Count Sperm DNA -Fragmentation Luteal Phase Defect Endometriosis Oligomenorrhea &Amenorrhea Stress Irregular & Annovulatory Menstrual Cycles Tubal Spasm Idiopathic Infertility Thin Unresponsive Endometrium Poor Egg Quality High FSH Level
INFERTILITY & TCM How Does It Work ? I 1) We Analyze Your Constellation of Signs & Symptoms 2) Then We Identify the Root Cause of the Problem 4) And Your Reproductive Health 3) Our Protocols Will Improve Your Overall Health
INFERTILITY & TCM How Does It Work ? II Combined Usage of Acupuncture and Herbs will… Improve Sperm Count, Motility & Morphology Increase Blood Flow to the Uterus: Thicken the Endometrial Lining Reduce the Chance of Miscarriage Improve Ovarian Blood Flow: Increased Ovarian Response Decrease Uterine Contractility: Aids Implantation Regulate Hormones: Better Egg Quality Strengthen the Immune System Improve Ovarian Function: More follicles, Better Egg Production Facilitate Relaxation Reduce Stress
Turning Back the Reproductive Clock I mproving Y our E gg Q uality W ith T CM Increased Blood Flow to the Ovarian Region Wastes Eliminated Hormones Nutrients Oxygen Delivered Reduction & Stability of FSH & E2 Levels Unresponsive Ovaries Healthier & More Responsive Follicles & Eggs
Uterine Artery Impedance & Sub Fertility
Fact: A Uterine Artery Impedance >3 = infertility.
Q. What is Uterine Artery Impedance?
The Measure of Resistance of Blood Flow Through The Uterine Arteries To The Uterus & Fallopian Tubes
What Causes Increased UAI and What is The Affect of UAI on Fertility?
What Causes Increased UAI and What is The Affect of UAI on Fertility? Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which causes uterine artery contraction - which inhibits blood flow to the uterus, tubes and ovaries
The Devastation of an Elevated Uterine Artery Impedance
When the blood flow to the uterus is ‘impeded’ it is referred to as an elevated ‘uterine artery impedance’.
A uterine artery impedance greater than 3 means that in most cases, implantation will not occur.
Acupuncture Reduces Uterine Artery Impedance
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce uterine artery impedance. Sterner-Victorin et al. demonstrated this in their study.
This reduction factor has increased successful IVF, IUI and natural conception outcomes.
Uterine Artery Impedance, cont
In conclusion, studies show that a decrease of uterine artery impedance increases implantation rates.
Acupuncture makes achieving this goal a reality.
Uterine Artery Impedance
UAI > 3 Subsequent to acupuncture UAI =2.7
Acupuncture Inhibits the sympathetic nervous system and thereby encourages blood flow to the uterine lining Thickens Uterine Lining Acupuncture Pre and Post IVF & IUI Pre Embryo Transfer / Insemination Post Egg Transfer / Insemination Acupuncture Mitigates the prostaglandin cascade Reduces Uterine Contractility Acupuncture Increased Chance of Successful Implantation Thickens Uterine Lining Sympathoinhibitory effect via Endorphin release which facilitates uterine urtery dilation thus promoting circulation to the endometrium Acupuncture
Aging and Female Infertility Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates, 2001.
We Continue To Successfully Treat…
Premature ovarian failure
Luteal phase defect
Low sperm count
Sperm DNA fragmentation
Idiopathic (unknown cause) infertility
Immunological factors (APA, ATA, NKa)
Thrombophilias (Factor V Leiden)
High FSH. What does it mean and can acupuncture help?
Generally speaking, IVF clinics will not accept patients with an FSH >15.
Your options: donor-egg transfer.
Use acupuncture & herbs to…
Increase blood flow to the ovaries. This increases delivery of oxygen, hormones & nutrients.
Facilitate removal of dead cells & waste matter from the ovaries.
Improves ovarian health and helps normalize FSH levels.
We have seen this exact thing occur with hundreds of our patients who have gone on to have successful full term pregnancies.
A Thrombophilia Is…
The inherited tendency to develop blood clots too easily.
Due to either too much clotting factor or not enough anticoagulating factors.
Acupuncture & herbs stimulate and increase blood flow, frequently decreasing the thrombophilic state.
We have seen improved rates of thrombophilic reduction when including acupuncture & herbs with lovenox or heparin.
In many cases where heparin or lovenox were used alone or in conjunction with 81mg of aspirin the results were less dramatic.
Highly toxic to the trophoblast and endometrial cells leading to their death and subsequent implantation failure.
As acupuncture & herbs regulate the immune system, we have frequently seen a reduction in activated NK cell activity after treatment.
Typical Western treatment protocol may include:
Dexamethasone an immunosuppressant .75 mg daily
This is a safe and effective strategy.
Including acupuncture & herbs seems to have a potentiating effect and serves to yield better outcomes.
Acupuncture & herbs…
Regulate the immune system.
They don’t cause hyperactivity or hypoactivity of physiologic systems but rather…
They reduce what is in excess (balancing a hyperactive state) and…
They increase what is deficient (balancing a hypoactive state).
Weight & Infertility
Twelve percent of all infertility cases are rooted in weight issues. If your body is chronically malnourished or over-exercised, you can't menstruate, since a minimum of 22 percent body fat is necessary for normal ovulation and reproductive competence. On the other side of the scale, being overweight can alter hormone chemistry and help prevent conception.
The Berkley Center Helps You To Achieve Your Perfect Weight
The good news is that shedding or gaining pounds can easily remedy weight-related infertility; more than 70 percent of women conceive spontaneously once they reach healthy weight parameters.
The Berkley Equation for Increased Pregnancy Outcomes + + + + =
Can prevent ovulation
Symptoms must be managed
Acupuncture, herbs & dietary changes lead to a normalization on LH/FSH ratios and a reduction in androgen levels.
Menstruation is often regulated and regular ovulation restored.
Weight reduction contributes to lowering insulin levels. Our acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling protocols will help you lose wait safely.
Our protocols have helped many patients to reduce their dosage or even completely eliminate the necessity of taking Metformin.
Thin lining (< 6mm)
Acupuncture, herbs, yoga & massage, by enhancing circulation to the endometrium, often facilitate a thicker lining.
We have consistently seen 2mm endometrial growth with our treatments.
The difference between a 6mm lining and an 8mm lining can mean the difference between implantation failure and a full term pregnancy.
Though there is no cure for endometriosis, we have seen a great reduction in pelvic pain with our treatments.
Many doctors see endometriosis as an autoimmune disorder. As acupuncture and herbal medicine have a regulatory effect on immune function, we see very slow re-growth of endometriosis after laparoscopy. Without our protocols we typically see recurring signs & symptoms of endometriosis occurring twice as fast.
Combining acupuncture, herbs, yoga & massage in the endometriosis patient is often what is needed to ensure a successful IVF within the context of this hostile pelvic environment.
Nothing can eliminate tubal scarring or adhesions except surgery, however…
60% of ‘blocked’ tubes seen on a hysterosalpingogram are due to spasms not scarring or dense adhesions.
Acupuncture & herbs, combined with yoga & massage are frequently able to eliminate these spasms and restore tubal function frequently enabling the couple with the ‘blocked tube’ issue to conceive naturally.
Blocked tubes, contd.
We are starting to see major results in the de-spasming of fallopian tubes with Mayan massage.
Karen Kelly’s Mayan Massage technique is yielding effects similar to those of Clear Passage but without the necessity of vaginal penetration.
Luteal phase defect
LPD or luteal phase defect manifests when there is a progesterone deficiency after ovulation. This means that the lining after ovulation will not be receptive to an embryo and implantation will not occur.
A blood serum progesterone level of lower than 10ng/mL one week prior to the start of menstruation or 7 days after the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge is generally accepted as a diagnosis of luteal phase defect.
Since acupuncture & herbs serve to regulate organ function and thus frequently ‘normalize’ endocrine levels, the function of the corpus luteum (this is what emits progesterone after ovulation) is restored and progesterone levels are often normalized.
The Berkley Center Frequently Regulates FSH/E2 levels.
Chronic Miscarriage Can It Be Helped?
Acupuncture & Herbs have been used successfully to treat chronic miscarriages caused by:
Anticardiolipin antibodies (blood clotting)
Activated NK cells
Prolactin suppresses ovulation as a result of gonadotropin (FSH & LH) suppression.
Hyperprolactinemia is one of the causes of infertility.
One cause of elevated serum prolactin is stress.
Acupuncture reduces stress by release of endorphins.
Acupuncture frequently normalizes prolactin levels via its stress modulating effect.
Idiopathy does not exist in TCM.
There is a differential diagnosis available for every patient.
There is an appropriate acupuncture protocol and herbal formula for every case.
Reproductive success is frequent in those with a history of repeated failures.
The body responds to stress with a faster heart beat and breathing rate, higher blood pressure and increased muscle tension.
If the stress becomes chronic or out of proportion, this may progress to mental strain, anxiety, insomnia and exhaustion, raised breathing rate and even panic attacks.
Acupuncture relieves stress
Acupuncture initiates a relaxation response with decreased heart rate, lowered BP, stress reduction, increased energy and tissue regeneration.
It has been shown to produce a calming or tranquilizing action.
Acupuncture can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression.
It is an effective substitute for sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antidepressant drugs. Acupuncture can be used in many cases not only as an alternative to these drugs but also to treat side effects and dependence.
Acupuncture can provide a safe and effective tool for stress.
On average, sperm require 74 days to mature and up to 20 additional days to become capable of fertilization.
Smoking, drinking, drugs, stress, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise all can contribute to poor sperm quality.
Sperm is Negatively Impacted by…
Emotional Stress may interfere with GnRH and reduce count.
Chronic fever can lower sperm count.
Smoking impairs count, motility and reduces sperm lifespan.
Sperm & Nutrition
Deficiencies in vitamin C, selenium, zinc and folate contribute to low sperm count.
Nutritional counseling will positively impact sperm parameters.
Cynthia Stadd, our Director of Nutrition Services will answer your questions about vitamins, supplements and nutrition later.
Improving sperm parameters
Acupuncture reduces stress (a major cause of low sperm count)
Herbs increase blood flow and clear heat from the scrotum (heat and blocked flow are seen in the patient with a vericocele)
Yoga is a gentle means of exercising which increases circulation, reduces depression and promotes over-all health.
Leslie Daly, Yoga Instructor will answer your questions about yoga later.
Poor diet & life-style may contribute to sperm problems. With our nutrition programs you will be given countless suggestions on how to successfully improve your sperm parameters through proper diet and supplements.
Improved Sperm parameters
Our protocols continue to yield impressive results in the areas of…
Low sperm count
Low motility and…
Sperm DNA fragmentation
SDIA – What is It?
The SDIa is a tool for measuring clinically important properties of sperm nuclear chromatin integrity.
The results correlate well with the potential of sperm from a given male to produce an embryo that would be sufficiently “competent” to produce a live birth.
Sperm DNA Fragmentation, contd.
SDIa data are not well correlated with classical sperm quality parameters and have been solidly shown to predict sub/infertility and poor reproductive performance.
The SDIa measures DNA damage. DNA damage may be present in sperm from both fertile and infertile men.
Therefore, this sperm DNA damage analysis may reveal a hidden abnormality of sperm DNA in infertile men classified as unexplained based on apparently normal standard sperm parameters.
Sperm Fragmentation, Contd.
Damaged DNA in the single sperm cell that fertilizes a female oocyte can have a dramatic negative impact on fetal development and health of the offspring.
The control group studies revealed that the thresholds of sperm DFI of 0-15%, 16-29%, and =30% relate to high, good to fair, and low to poor fertility potential, respectively.
ROS or Reactive Oxidative Species
ROS are responsible in great part for causing sperm dna fragmentation.
Many herbs and vitamins have super anti-oxidative properties and reduce the fragmentation index in affected males.
Treatment for DNA Fragmentation of Sperm
Acupuncture – increases blood flow to testicles
Herbs – anti oxidative properties
Vitamin C (1000mg)
Vitamin E (500mg)
Male Factor - What We Cannot Treat
Congenital absence of vas deferens
Azoospermia as a result of radiation therapy
Kleinfelter syndrome (xxy chromosomes) leads to destruction of seminiferous tubules (contain sperm cells) during puberty
Definition: A varicose vein in the scrotum.
40% of men attending infertility clinics present with a vericocele.
Its negative affect on sperm manifests because it causes an abnormally high temperature within the testicles.
This high temperature causes a reduction in sperm count as well as a reduction in overall sperm health causing male-factor infertility.
If severe, then surgery is the appropriate intervention.
It takes 6 months to determine if the surgery was successful in increasing sperm count.
To ensure rapid recovery and to increase sperm health…
Use acupuncture & herbal medicine
For 6 months following the vericocelectomy.
Acupuncture and herbs increase blood flow to the testicles contributing to the healing & recovery process.
Acupuncture & herbs also reduce the inflammatory process that occurs after a vericocelectomy. Remember, heat kills sperm.
Idiopathic infertility (no known cause)
Many patients present to our clinic with the complaint of infertility due to “no known cause”
Remember, there is always a cause. And we are specialists in finding it (or them).
In the world of acupuncture & herbs the term ‘idiopathic’ (meaning ‘no known cause’) does not exist.
We always arrive at a differential diagnosis and treat accordingly and more often than not, successfully.
Let the ‘Mind-Body-Experience’ at The Berkley Center Increase Your Fertility Quotient
Yoga & Meditation
A Randomized Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to IVF
Study conducted by: Rodolfo Quintero, M.D., Wendy Yu, L.Ac., Brandon Horn, L.Ac., J.D., Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., Barry Schifrin, MD., Brian Acacio, M.D.
Study conducted at: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and the Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine, Glendale, CA
Conclusions : Our study shows a significantly lower amount of gonadotropins used when IVF is combined with standard acupuncture. A 70% pregnancy rate was also achieved with standard acupuncture and IVF, compared to 25%.
Study: Acupuncture Treatment For Infertile Women Undergoing Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection
Conducted by: Sandra L. Emmons, MD and Phillip Patton, MD
Source: Medical Acupuncture, A Journal For Physicians By Physicians Spring / Summer 2000- Volume 12 / Number 2
Objective: To describe the use of acupuncture to stimulate follicle development in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Results: No pregnancies occurred in the non-acupuncture cycles. Three women produced more follicles with acupuncture treatment.
Study: Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility
Conducted by: Raymond Chang, M.D.[a,b] Pak H. Chung, M.D.[b] and Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.[c]
Conducted at: Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
Objective: To review existing scientific rationale and clinical data in the utilization of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility.
Various investigators have shown that in normally ovulatory or anovulatory women, acupuncture also influenced plasma levels of FSH, LH, E2, and Progesterone. Acupuncture as a surrogate for hCG in ovulation induction was successfully used by Cai, Chen and Yu.
Acupuncture normalized the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, and in another study Chen reported that 6 of 13 anovulatory cycles responded to acupuncture treatment.
More From The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
“The peripheral impact of acupuncture in improving uterine artery blood flow and hence endometrial thickness also provides encouraging data regarding its potential positive effect on implantation.”
I nfluence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy
Conducted by: Wolfgang E. Paulus, M.D.,[a] Mingmin Zhang, M.D.,[b] Erwin Strehler, M.D.,[a] Imam El-Danasouri, Ph.D.,[a] and Karl Sterzik, M.D.[a]
Objective: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.
Intervention(s): Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. In the control group, embryos were transferred without any supportive therapy. Result(s): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.
Herbs are totally safe when prescribed by a Board Certified herbalist.
Help to normalize organ function
Regulate hormonal levels
Help reduce weight
Help increase energy
Help to alleviate depression & anxiety
Help improve quality of sleep
Help regulate bowl function
Help increase circulation
A study at Taipei Medical College, Taiwan revealed that the Chinese herb, Cornus officinalis, can enhance the motility of human sperm.
Did you know that…
Vitex Angus (Also known as Chaste Tree Berries ) Help regulate hormones in the woman.
The research that has been done on the herb suggest that it works on the pituitary to help create a larger LH surge (similar to how the drug clomiphene citrate works), which should help to bring on ovulation.
It also has components in it that bind to dopamine receptors on the pituitary. This action is thought to help lower prolactin levels (elevated levels of prolactin can inhibit ovulation as well).
It is particularly useful for women with annovulation, irregular cycles, long cycles, and luteal phase defects (low progesterone levels).
Black Cohosh May help to lower LH levels. Appropriate for PCOS patients.
Dong Quai Dong Quai does seem to act like an estrogen "modulator" which activates or suppresses estrogen receptors within the pituitary to even out the hormones that pulsate to the ovaries and bring on ovulation.
Dong Quai is also believed to increase metabolism within the uterus and ovaries and has been attributed with helping to build a receptive uterine lining.
Licorice Licorice appears to modulate estrogen.
Licorice has anti-virual, anti-inflammatory, and glucose-balancing effects.
A Japanese study showed positive results in treatment of oligomenorrhea due to elevated androgen levels, as seen in PCO patients.
Korean Ginseng Helps increase sperm formation, testosterone levels and sex drive.
Forms of Herbal Medicine
Least Effective Most Effective
Not Just Any Massage
Massage at The Berkley Center is Done By a Licensed Massage Therapist & Certified Doula, Karen Kelly.
A Doula is a labor and birth professional - assistant, usually a woman, with special training, who provides emotional, physical and spiritual support to the laboring mother.
Karen Kelly’s Training Includes
Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding
Emotions of pregnancy
Pain management techniques
The emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth, and its significance in women’s lives
Emotional support and physical comfort measures
Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean
Newborn care and breastfeeding support
And, Karen Has Also Had Training In…
Kinesthetic Awareness through Movement
Shiatsu I and II
Connective Tissue Therapy
Karen is trained in ‘Maya-Abdominal’ massage which helps to unblock spasmed tubes.
Nutrition With Cynthia Stadd, HHC
Discover the fresh whole foods that optimally prepare your body for conception.
Break free from damaging habits and cravings.
Attain your healthy, ideal weight without strict measures.
Understand how lifestyle choices and self-care awareness practices can impact your ability to conceive.
Manage any chronic health problems, especially reproductive issues.
Fertile Wellness Yoga With Leslie Daly
Yoga is effective in addressing infertility because it:
Promotes a healthy life style
Balances hormonal problems
Stimulates and strengthens the reproductive organs
Heightens awareness of the connection between your body and mind
Provides stress management and relaxation techniques
The Berkley Center Integrates…
Yoga & Meditation
All designed and carefully coordinated to enhance reproductive function & increase positive pregnancy outcomes
How Often Should I Receive Acupuncture?
Under 35 years old: Once weekly
Over 35 years old: Twice weekly
Pre & Post IVF-ET Acupuncture
Get treated up to one hour before ET and…
Up to 24 hours after ET
German Study: Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. In the control group, embryos were transferred without any supportive therapy.
Result(s): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.
We Come To You!
We can perform your pre and post embryo transfer acupuncture right at the clinic.
We Want To Make Your Life Easier
We can also come to your hotel or apartment to provide acupuncture treatment.
What Happens after IUI/IVF/Donor Egg Transfer?
Acupuncture in IVF linked to lower miscarriage and ectopic rates - OB/GYN News , Jan 1, 2005
"Other studies have looked at pregnancy rates, but what is really important is whether or not there is a baby," said Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., who reported his findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Studies Prove Acupuncture Post ET Reduces Miscarriage & Ectopic Rates
The retrospective study included 131 women who were undergoing standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) and were given the choice of having acupuncture.
The Results Are In…
The miscarriage rate was almost halved in the acupuncture group (8% vs. 14%).
In addition, the rate of ectopic pregnancies was significantly lower in the acupuncture group--0 of 24 pregnancies (0%) vs. 2 of 37 pregnancies (9%), said Dr. Magarelli, who is also in private practice in Colorado Springs and Albuquerque.
Thus, the live-birth rate per IVF/ICSI cycle was significantly higher in the acupuncture group than in controls (21% vs. 16%).
Greater Live Birth Rates With Acupuncture
"The live-birth rate per pregnancy is an even more telling number, since some cycles get cancelled. There was a 42% live-birth rate per pregnancy in the acupuncture group, compared to a 35% rate in the nonacupuncture group," said Dr. Magarelli.
A Better Environment For Implantation
“ Inclusion of acupuncture has demonstrated reductions in uterine contractility, so by relaxing the uterus before the embryo transfer and immediately after, we felt we were setting up a better environment for implantation," Dr. Magarelli said.
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New study produced by the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado Springs has shown that receiving acupuncture treatment can aid the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.
During the trials, half of the 114 women involved received acupuncture along with their IVF treatment while the remaining half received no complementary therapy to their IVF treatment.
These women had a 36% success rate of becoming pregnant compared with 51% of the women that received acupuncture.
While 8% of the women who received acupuncture suffered a miscarriage, 20% of those women that did not have any complementary therapy suffered a miscarriage. Acupuncture was also shown to reduce the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. Source: Maxine Frith, Independent Online
Case Study 1
Julia 40 years old: TTC 6 years
Western Dx: Primary infertility/Elevated FSH (23), low ovarian reserve
Treated with acupuncture & herbs for 6 months.
FSH was lowered to 6.8 with E2 at 75
Julia gave birth to a beautiful, healthy girl naturally.
Case Study 2
Mary, age 37, TTC 2.5 years
Weight 250lbs, height, 5.3
Western DX: PCOS/irregular periods/annovulatory cycles
Western tx: Metformin with IVF
3 Failed IVF attempts
Our treatment protocol: acupuncture, herbs, nutritional counseling, yoga and massage.
History: We treated Mary for 4 months. She lost 30 pounds and her menstrual/ovulatory cycles regulated. Her lining thickenedd from 7mm to 10mm. She did another ivf with successful full-term pregnancy of twins.
Case Study 3
Richard & Sharon: TTC 4.5 years.
Western DX: Idiopathic infertility.
No pathology was identified.
I suggested that Richard be tested for SDI. He had a fragmentation rate of 35% rendering him infertile.
We treated him with acupuncture and herbs and amino-acids and vitamins for 3 months whereupon his sperm was re-tested. At the time of the re-test his DNA fragmentation rate dropped to 10%. His wife became pregnant within 3 months naturally.
Our mission is to help you achieve your goal of conception and full term pregnancy.
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Dr. Randine Lewis Says…
Mike Berkley, L.Ac., DA(RI), has a depth of knowledge in Chinese
medicine that I haven't found before in any practitioner who deals
with the difficult practice of infertility. His personal experience,
wisdom, and caring combine to make him a colleague whom I admire
Randine Lewis, Ph.D.,
Author of The Infertility Cure,
The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant
"I found Dr. Berkley after researching the internet. I had many years of infertility treatment. I had many IUI's and 5 IVF's. I was told that if I wanted a biological child I should turn to surrogacy... I turned to Dr. Berkley and within one month I was pregnant. I owe it all to Dr. Berkley."
Jeannie From Chicago Says…
"I was frustrated and ready to give up hope. I found out about the Berkley Center and had a phone consultation with Dr. Daniel Camburn. Within two months of following Dr. Camburn's recommendations, I conceived. I cannot remember a more joyous day in my life than the day I saw two lines appear on the pregnancy test. It was never if I would get pregnant with them, always when. The proof that their treatment works is in the son I hold in my arms."
Mary Jane from New York Says…
"I just delivered a cute and healthy baby boy last Oct. 28, 2004. I thank God for giving me Dr. Berkley..."
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