This weekend I had the honor of presenting my experience of Fertility Success Achieved, both personally and professionally, to a community of medical professionals at Yo San University’s Reproductive Medicine Symposium.
The overall message of the day from the 11 speakers was that patient outcomes improve drastically through the integration of Eastern + Western medicine. Together, we acknowledged the value of addressing the mental and emotional components and the patients’ need for support, in addition to all of the modern advances in reproductive medicine and technology that are available.
By the end of the day it was agreed that addressing the whole person not only improves fertility outcomes, it helps women look back on this time in her life to view it as a time of transformation.
Some highlighted speakers from the day include:
- Richard Marrs, MD, one of the pioneers of IVF in the United States, stressed the importance of integrative fertility care for patients who are trying to conceive with ART, saying that patients who include acupuncture, herbs, and lifestyle changes into their protocols continuously show higher rates of uterine receptivity, balanced hormones, and are more calm overall; all which translate to more sensitive ovaries and a better response and success with IVF.
- Daoshing Ni, PhD., L.Ac., presented valuable information regarding Traditional Chinese Medicine practices to improve fertility outcomes with modern women in our modern times.
- Shiaoting Jing, PhD, L.Ac., discussed how we as Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners can help women presenting with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome conceive with acupuncture, herbal medicine, lifestyle changes, and how to apply these to modern fertility protocols (exactly what I’m working on for the new Seed website and online course — coming soon!)
- Paul Turek, MD, gave an equally entertaining and insightful talk about Male Factor Infertility, and the implications it has on overall men’s health, along with exciting research that is underway to improve men’s fertility.
I spoke on a panel called Fertility Success Achieved and shared my story, as well as my professional background that involves working with the infertility community for the last 17 years, describing how it is that patients find their way to my office Well Women Acupuncture and my online fertility course, The Seed Fertility Program for holistic help through this process.
The concept of “Patient Empowerment” and self-advocacy is at the heart of my message. Within the pages of my book, The Seed Program, and inside my acupuncture practice, the process of facing fears and constant disappointments is encouraged, as the struggle to overcome infertility makes even the most accomplished women feel like failures.
My patient Diana attended the Symposium to share her story with the attendees, and explained that she credits her successful pregnancy with an integrative approach. She worked with me to do acupuncture, herbal therapy, and patient counseling while also participating in The Seed Fertility Program, and working with her Ob-Gyn to get inseminated and address a list of fertility challenges that included a high DNA fragmentation index, and a male factor issue.
The combination of addressing the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of her fertility journey optimized her body and helped her keep the faith in her ability to conceive a healthy baby, and she is now 27 weeks pregnant!
The future of fertility is evolving to embrace the idea that addressing the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of your body really does make a difference.