Acupuncture Video Demonstrates How Treatment Works and the Benefits for Women Going Through IVF

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Attain Fertility Centers and the American Fertility Association continue educational video series.

Many of our patients find that the stress related to infertility is overwhelming and stress does release certain hormones that can be counterproductive to pregnancy.

As acupuncture continues to gain acceptance, more Western physicians are seeing the positive outcomes their fertility patients experience when combining the two modalities. In a recent educational video and fact sheet by The American Fertility Association (http://theafa.org/), the potential benefits are discussed along with a demonstration of how acupuncture treatment works.

The video and accompanying fact sheet, titled Acupuncture, Stress and In Vitro Fertilization, features Sandy Goodman, M.D. of The Reproductive Medicine Group in Tampa, Florida and Kym Black-Caporale, AP, DOM, a licensed acupuncturist. The two frequently partner in the treatment of IVF patients. The video, funded by Attain Fertility®, is part of a series that addresses a wide range of fertility issues and options for people hoping to have a baby. The Reproductive Medicine Group is part of the Attain Fertility Network.

Dr. Goodman has worked with many patients who have achieved successful pregnancies and improved their overall health by adding acupuncture to their treatment. “IVF patients can consider using an acupuncturist along with treatment because several benefits have been noted not only by physicians but also in our literature,” Dr. Goodman explains.

“Many of our patients find that the stress related to infertility is overwhelming and stress does release certain hormones that can be counterproductive to pregnancy. When our patients undergo acupuncture many of them find a tremendous reduction in their stress levels and this is extremely helpful in allowing them to undergo the treatment successfully and to be able to handle the additional stresses that come along with the treatment,” says Dr. Goodman.

Acupuncture does not cure infertility however it has been seen to benefit individuals trying to conceive naturally as well as through the use of various forms of assisted reproductive technology, including IVF. Among the benefits sited:

  •     Stress reduction
  •     Relaxation
  •     Regulation of menstrual cycles
  •     Emotional stamina
  •     Enhanced psychological coping

Other benefits of acupuncture are thought to include:

  •     Circulation of blood flow in the pelvic cavity
  •     Improvement of ovulation
  •     Improvement of uterine lining thickness
  •     Relaxation of uterus and diminishment or cessation of uterine contractions
  •     Promotion o follicle production
  •     Reduction of inflammation

Dr. Goodman and Kym Caporale both agree that their collaboration of Western reproductive endocrinology and Eastern acupuncture provides an opportunity for them to reach the mutual goal of having the best outcome for their fertility patients who become successfully pregnant. It also allows the patients a level of comfort in being able to share their experiences with both practitioners and allows the practitioners to truly treat the whole person.

The entire AFA video series is available on Attain Fertility’s YouTube channel.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.
IntegraMed is a leader in developing, marketing and managing specialty outpatient healthcare facilities, with a current focus on the fertility and vein care markets. IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management, quality assurance, and fertility treatment financing programs.

Attain Fertility® Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, offers the nation’s largest fertility center network, with 14 company-managed partner centers and 26 affiliate centers, comprising over 130 locations across 34 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an Attain Fertility Centers network practice.

Vein Clinics of America, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the leading provider of specialty vein care services in the U.S. The IntegraMed Vein Clinic network operates 44 centers across 14 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

For more information about IntegraMed please visit: integramed.com for investor background, attainfertility.com for fertility, or veinclinics.com for vein care.

About The American Fertility Association
The American Fertility Association is committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. Contact The American Fertility Association at info(at)theafa(dot)org, visit theafa.org or call 888.917.3777.

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