Women and couples come to me at various stages of their journey to conception. Sometimes they have been trying for years and others they are just starting out. While conceiving naturally is everyone’s first choice, alternatives that garner the same results, a baby, should not be overlooked.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a term used to describe the current western medical treatments available for women and couples having difficulty conceiving and desiring or requiring medical aid such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). With current changes in cultural perceptions regarding IVF, and consistent advancement including better freezing techniques, better embryo culture, ways to choose embryos, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and new drugs, IVF is becoming more and more common. I am happy to work with women that choose this route and to implement treatment that aids in their success.
Forward thinking IVF clinics are forming strong alliances with TCM practitioners (with the integration of procedures such as acupuncture). They realize that in addition to successful IVF outcomes, traditional practices enhance the patient’s experience by managing stress and cultivating emotional balance.
I am inspired by the integration and kinship that has grown between my practice and that of the local IVF clinics and I am glad to hear of similar relationships being formed elsewhere. We all share the goal of building happy families and by working together, the patient is looked at as a whole and better supported along their journey. This is the growth of great medicine.