In order to optimize your chances of success with fertility treatments, the physicians at PCRM advocate for a healthy lifestyle. This includes the use of prenatal vitamins containing at least 0.4 mg of folic acid, a healthy balanced diet, maintenance of a normal body weight, sleep and physical activity. Patients should refrain from smoking and should discuss the use of any medications with their physician.
PCRM feels that certain Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies can be helpful in the management of infertility. Several scientific studies have demonstrated improvements in pregnancy rates with in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the addition of acupuncture at the time of the embryo transfer. Many of our patients find value in yoga, meditation, mindfulness and exercise during treatment and throughout pregnancy. Naturopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners assist our patients, by providing not just acupuncture, but also through a variety of life-style adjustments that assist with weight loss and stress reduction. Optimizing health is critical for success for both natural conception and when undergoing fertility treatments.