Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) May 09, 2011
One in six couples will have fertility problems, and this number increases to 50% by the time a woman is 40 years old. Infertility can be devastating for couples both psychologically and financially. But current research is showing that integrative fertility care -- combining high tech fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) with natural therapies like acupuncture, diet and mind-body techniques like yoga -- may give couples struggling with infertility the best chance of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.
Couples will have a chance to find out more about what options are available to them at the Canadian Infertility Awareness Week free public talk Tuesday May 17th, featuring Dr. Jason Hitkari, a reproductive endocrinologist at Genesis Fertility Centre, Lorne Brown, a Dr. of Traditional Chinese medicine and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, and Sue Dumais, a yoga for fertility practitioner and founder of Family Passages.
The combination of acupuncture, lifestyle changes and IVF proved to be the winning formula for Heather Schofield, who had been struggling for over six years to get pregnant. While studies have found that acupuncture alone can boost the chances of conceiving with IVF, Schofield found that her treatment at Acubalance went far beyond mere acupuncture.
"Dr. Brown focused on ways to get my body back into balance through diet, stress management, exercise and sleep. That, along with the medical care I received at Genesis, really brings together the best of both worlds. Going into the IVF process with optimal health, I got pregnant on my first cycle. I didn’t feel a lot of side effects from the fertility drugs before getting pregnant, and I have been feeling really great throughout my pregnancy."
Acubalance is currently onsite at Genesis to provide acupuncture before and after IVF transfer. Just a few years ago this kind of integration between Western and Eastern medicine would have been unheard of. Dr. Hitkari explains the sea change. "Western medicine is beginning to understand the mind-body connection better, and anything that can boost women’s overall health, reduce stress, and improve the experience of their fertility journey is something we support."
Patients like Shelley Hunt really appreciate how the open communication between Acubalance and Genesis gives them confidence that they are getting the best care. "The great communication between Acublalance and Genesis made me feel like I have a team of experts looking after me. Both Dr. Hitkari and Dr. Brown are very available and provide excellent continuity of care."
Yoga has also been shown to have a positive impact on fertility. The special poses that Dumais, founder of Family Passages, teachers in her yoga for fertility class are designed to open the pelvis, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, and help women calm their minds.
"Having struggled with fertility issues myself I know all too well the anguish you go through each month," says Dumais. "Having fertility problems can be an isolating experience. We want couples to realize that they are not alone, and that there are options for them."
Couples can find out more about integration, acupuncture and mind-body approaches to fertility at this FREE talk.
Tuesday May 17th
950 West 41st Avenue, Gallery Room, Vancouver Jewish Community Center
Call 604-678-8600 or e-mail jenn(at)acubalance(dot)ca