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Long Island IVF: New Acupuncture Program Symposium-FREE Event!

By Tracey Minella

April 22nd, 2016 at 9:02 am

Long Island IVF… the practice that brought Long Island its first IVF baby, first Donor Egg baby and First baby from a cryopreserved embryo… is pleased to announce another major “first” on Long Island:

We are the first infertility practice with a Reproductive Endocrinologist who is also a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and certified acupuncturist.

After 30 years of creating babies, Long Island IVF co-founder and reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. David Kreiner, went back to the classroom to study TCM and become a certified acupuncturist.

Motivated by a desire to find complementary holistic approaches to enhance today’s best Western medical technologies, Dr. Kreiner is now applying that acupuncture training in the IVF procedure room, both pre- and post-IVF transfer. IVF patients… especially those for whom Western medicine alone has not yet produced a baby…may benefit from adding this ancient therapy. The treatment is available exclusively to all LIIVF patients.

Want to learn more about how this exclusive, yet very affordable, natural therapy might help increase your chances of conceiving?

 Register to attend when we launch this special program on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm at our Melville office at 8 Corporate Center Drive, Melville, New York. The seminar is free and light refreshments will be served, but seating is limited and seats are going fast, so pre-registration is required.

There will be presentations on several topics from several of the regions experts in acupuncture, including:

1- Western Medicine approach to Infertility – Dr. David Kreiner, MD REI and NYS Certified Medical Acupuncturist, Long Island IVF

2- Acupuncture Diagnosis and How Treatment is Individualized – James Shinol LAc

3- Fertility Enhancement with Diminished Ovarian Reserve-Improving Ovarian Stimulation – Dr. XinJuan Yang, Ph.D,MD (China), LAc

4- Fertility and Diet – Roberta Siegelson, LAc

5- PCOS and acupuncture – Dr. Christine Bauer, DC, LAc

6- Enhancing Uterine Receptivity –Dr. Ping Zhu, Ph.D, MD (China), LAc

7- Acupuncture to Minimize Risk of Miscarriage –Mike Berkley, LAc

8- Japanese Acupuncture  – James Vitale, LAc

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact Lindsay Montello, Patient Services, at 631-752-0606 or LMontello@liivf.com with any questions.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015 AND 2016

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 and 2016 contest…two years in a row!

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 28 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help. 631-752-0606.

 

 

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Infertility and Acupuncture Awareness Day

By Tracey Minella and David Kreiner MD

October 24th, 2011 at 9:51 am

“I’d rather stick needles in my eyes” is a phrase people use to describe something they desperately want to avoid. And those of us who’ve been stuck repeatedly for IVF blood work really “get” that reference!

But, hey, needles aren’t all bad!

In fact, needles in the hands of trained professionals can be a wonderful thing. Like Mike Berkley and Amy Podhurst for example. They are two acupuncturists who, along with East Coast Fertility’s great medical team, help patients get pregnant. When I first met them, I felt they had this “healing energy about them and I wished acupuncture was offered when I was doing IVF.

Since it’s Acupuncture Awareness Day, it’s time to read Dr. Kreiner’s post about how acupuncture, as part of your infertility action plan, may help you get pregnant. (Of course, you should discuss how acupuncture may fit into your personal infertility action plan with your particular doctor.)

Not many practices have forward thinkers, who practice Western medicine, but are open to the complementary approaches of Eastern Medicine. Fortunately, East Coast Fertility offers the best of both worlds.

Dr. Kreiner explains acupuncture’s role in family-building:

How might it work?

It has been proposed by many that acupuncture could positively impact the results of In vitro Fertilization – IVF.  The mechanisms proposed for this effect are several.  

Acupuncture affects the levels of pituitary and ovarian hormones as demonstrated in several studies. Other studies show that it may help improve blood flow to the uterus which might improve implantation.  

Another explanation attractive to me is that acupuncture may "relax" the uterus at the time of embryo transfer. Several studies have demonstrated uterine contractions and that these contractions can expel transferred IVF embryos. If these contractions were reduced by acupuncture then that could improve IVF pregnancy rates.  

Reducing stress and improving the general health and wellness of an individual undergoing IVF was scientifically demonstrated to improve our IVF success rates.  If acupuncture is able to achieve some reduction in stress and/or some improvement in patient wellness than statistically it should improve the likelihood of achieving a pregnancy.  

There are claims that acupuncture will help patients respond better to stimulation medication, get more eggs, even healthier eggs, and get higher pregnancy rates. Many women with diminished ovarian reserve and a high FSH level or history of miscarriages have been promised that acupuncture can cure these problems. The challenge has been to objectively prove these claims with scientific studies. Thus far, there have been a few studies examining the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to IVF.  A study published in 2008, combined the results of many of these smaller studies, concluding that one additional live birth would be obtained for every 10 IVF embryo transfers performed when acupuncture was added to the therapeutic regimen.  

Acupuncture and IVF Studies

Study 1  

The first published study, which received a great deal of attention, was conducted by Paulus and published in Fertility and Sterility.  

The study looked at 160 women aged 21 to 43.  In this study, IVF patients received acupuncture 25 minutes before and 25 minutes after the embryo transfer. No patients received acupuncture before or during treatment with fertility medications.  

The acupuncture points chosen for the study were supposed to result in:

  • Better blood perfusion and “energy” in the uterus
  • Sedation of the patient
  • "Stabilization" of the endocrine system

IVF patients who had acupuncture had a 42% pregnancy rate. IVF patients who did not have acupuncture had a 26% rate.

Some critics claimed that improvement was due to the placebo effect. To examine this Paulus presented a placebo-controlled study at the annual meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. Two hundred patients with good embryo quality were randomized to receive either real or faked acupuncture for 25 minutes before and after ET. There were clinical pregnancies in 43% of the real and 37% of the faked acupuncture patients. Statistical analysis of the results was not significant but there was the trend towards improved success with the acupuncture.  

Study 2

The study was conducted on 300 couples and was randomized to one of three groups on the day of egg retrieval. After randomization, 27 patients were excluded for various reasons. Of the remaining 273 patients, 87 were allocated to no acupuncture (control group), 95 to acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer, and 91 to receive acupuncture on the day of ET and again 2 days later.

 There was no difference between the three groups in the number of eggs retrieved or the number of embryos available to transfer to the uterus.

The ongoing pregnancy rate was higher in both of the acupuncture groups compared to the control group. The ongoing pregnancy rate in the group which received acupuncture once was 36%, in the group that received acupuncture twice, the rate was 33% and in the group that did not receive acupuncture at all it was 22%.

Study 3

In this third acupuncture study, a total of 225 infertile patients were included: 116 women were randomized into group I (the acupuncture group), and 109 women were randomized into group II (the no acupuncture group). The physician who performed the embryo transfer was not aware of which couples were in which group. On the day of embryo transfer, the patients in the study group received acupuncture.  At the same time, a special Chinese medical drug (the seed of Caryophyllaceae) was placed on the patient’s ear. The seeds remained in place for 2 days and were pressed twice daily for 10 minutes. Three days after the embryo transfer, the patients received a second acupuncture treatment. In addition, the same ear points were pressed at the opposite ear twice daily. The seeds were removed after 2 days.

 The control group received a faked acupuncture. As in the treatment group, patients received the phony acupuncture treatment for 30 minutes. This placebo treatment was repeated three days after the embryo transfer. Equal numbers of needles were applied to the study and control groups. The placebo acupuncture treatment was designed not to influence fertility.

Both groups were similar in terms of age, weight, duration of infertility, cause of infertility, and number of previous IVF attempts. No differences were found in the specifics of the ovarian stimulation, the number of eggs retrieved, the fertilization rate, or the number of embryos transferred.

The real acupuncture group had an implantation rate per embryo of 14.2% whereas the faked acupuncture group’s implantation rate was only 5.9%. The ongoing pregnancy rate was 28.4% in the real acupuncture group compared to 13.8% in the control group.

 Study 4

 This next acupuncture and in vitro fertilization study subjected the patients to three acupuncture treatment sessions. The first took place before the egg retrieval on the 9th day of ovarian stimulation, and the second and third acupuncture treatments were performed immediately before and after the embryo transfer. Women were randomly allocated to receive treatment with either real therapeutic acupuncture or with faked acupuncture.

 Of the 228 subjects randomized, 15% were unable to complete the treatment protocol because their IVF cycle was cancelled prior to the embryo transfer. No difference in the grading of embryos was found between groups. The pregnancy rate, defined by a positive fetal heart beat, was 31% in the acupuncture group and 23% in the control group.

I am very proud that The Berkeley Center For Reproductive Wellness at East Coast Fertility opened it’s doors at East Coast Fertility. It’s our hope to support you in every way to build your family.

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Is acupuncture something you would…or have…tried?

If you already have tried it, please share your experience here.

If you haven’t tried it, what is stopping you?

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Please Join Us Tonight: East Meets West Free Seminar!

By Tracey Minella

February 15th, 2011 at 12:00 am


There is something really radical going on in Plainview, New York tonight. It is called a free face-to-face, real live informational seminar on infertility. That’s right.   We’re talking personal connections here. Not a webinar. For free. (Did I mention the munchies?)

Tonight’s discussion is about combining Western and Eastern approaches in treating infertility. Like a one-two punch. Have you been trying to conceive without success? Maybe suffered one or more miscarriages? Is your day 3 FSH in the stratosphere? Have other programs told you to give up? Then this unique approach designed to increase pregnancy rates and possibly reduce miscarriage rates could be your answer. Imagine that!

The expert speakers are Dr. David Kreiner of East Coast Fertility and Acupuncturist Mike Berkley of the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness. Don’t you owe it to yourself to just check it out? When was the last time you could corner a RE or an acupuncturist and grill him ‘til you were satisfied? For free.

Still hesitant? Consider this scenario.

Picture two infertile friends and co-workers talking at the water cooler. One can’t get pregnant. The other can’t stay pregnant. One invites the other to a free seminar after work. It goes like this:

“But, I’m too tired after work. I just wanna go home.”

“Oh, c’mon. There’ll be munchies. It’s just two hours and maybe we’ll find the answers we’ve been looking for.”

“But, I hate those things. A conference room full of strangers. It’s probably just a big sales pitch about the same old, same old.”

“What if it’s not, though? I’ve never seen a seminar about combining these two approaches. I wouldn’t even know where else to look for an acupuncturist to talk to.  Maybe, just maybe, it can help us. It’s free. If I could avoid another failed IVF, it’s worth checking it out. Besides, we’ll be together.”

“Nah. I’m gonna pass, but you have fun. Sounds kinda hokey to me. Anyway, it’s freezing outside…”

Now let me ask you something. If you are the one left alone at the water cooler because your friend is on maternity leave, how are you going to feel about doing the easier thing tonight?

There will always be plenty of excuses not to go. Apathy, cold, tired, and depressed are powerful feelings to overcome. But remember, cutting edge opportunities in infertility treatment don’t present themselves every day. I promise you won’t have any regrets if you do go. Bring a friend.

Go on. Step away from your laptop. We’re waiting for you. (Hey, did I mention the munchies?)

Seminar begins tonight at 6:30 pm, until 8:30 pm, at:

East Coast Fertility, 245 Newtown Rd., Suite 300, Plainview, New York 11803

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Do You Understand Herbal Medicine in Treating Infertility?

By Mike Berkley, L.ac.

November 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am

Chinese herbal medicine has been used for more than 3000 years to treat various types of pathological presentations including infertility. The main difference between acupuncture and herbal medicine is that acupuncture helps to move energy and improve blood flow throughout the body in general and to specific areas in particular. If for example, one is trying to improve ovarian health and egg-quality, acupuncture can be used to drive blood to the ovaries, generally improving their function and making them more responsive to gonadotropins.

Herbal medicine however actually affects system function. Herbs help to stimulate and nourish what is deficient (low platelet count) and to eradicate what is in excess (elevated androgen levels). Many reproductive endocrinologists do not want their patients to take herbs. The following two reasons are usually given:

1. “Herbs lower fsh falsely because they contain phytoestrogens.” This misinformation would only be accurate if the herbs lowered fsh, and the patient’s estrogen levels rose above 65pg/ml. The fact remains that many patients have their fsh levels regulated with herbal medicine in the context of an estradiol level which remains between 25pg/ml to 65pg/ml.

2. “Herbs can interfere with reproductive medicine.” This is not true.  Herbs actually work synergistically with reproductive medicine. For example, many patients are poor responders to gonadotropins but, when gonadotropins are used in conjunction with herbs the response is frequently improved.

The main reason that your doctor does not want you to take herbal medicine is because she or he is trying to protect you against what they perceive to be a health hazard which may occur as a result of the herbs. Of course these herbs when prescribed by a Board Certified herbalist are completely safe. Health hazards do not occur as a result of taking herbs anymore than health hazards occur as a result of taking Lupron or Gonal-F.

Your doctor should be commended for his or her responsible behavior towards their patient, but, unfortunately their information comes from not having the information; in other words, ignorance.

This attitude may also be manifested by practitioners of Complementary medicine. Many Complementary medicine doctors frequently advise their patients to stay away from IVF or IUI procedures because the “drugs will be harmful.” Of course this is utterly untrue. Once again, it comes from a position of ignorance. Western reproductive medical intervention is efficacious and safe. Think about this: when was the last time that you heard of someone being hospitalized or dying from herbal medicine which was prescribed by a Board Certified herbalist? I have never heard of such a case.

To learn more about Chinese Herbs, and The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness at East Coast Fertility please click here.

 

 

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The Paths To Parenthood

By admin

November 2nd, 2010 at 6:44 am

Please Join East Coast Fertility For a Special Evening of Education and Support!

We will be discussing:

What’s New in Infertility Treatment 

The Importance of Getting The Support You Need

How To Finance Infertility Treatment

How Holistic Medicine Can Support Your Fertility Treatment

Our panel of experts will include Dr. David Kreiner, Founder of East Coast Fertility,  Rosa Fernandez, B.S.N., RN, Nurse Coordinator, John Moschella,MS, ELD, Lab Director, Bina Benisch, R.N., M.S., Support Group Coordinator, Maryanne Abramowitz, Billing Administrator, and Mike Berkley Director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Medicine at East Coast Fertility

The panel will be moderated by Pamela Madsen, The Founder of The American Fertility Association

When: November 18, 2010

Time:   6:30 to 8:00 pm

Where: East Coast Fertility
            Plainview Office
            245 Newtown Road
            Plainview, NY  11803
            Click here for directions

RSVP Please to Lindsay, lmontello@eastcoastfertility.com or call 516 939 2229

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Managing PCOS By Combining East Meets West Treatments

By Mike Berkley

October 25th, 2010 at 8:32 am

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance.   It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant.  PCOS may affect the way you look and can be associated with a variety of health problems including diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension.  In addition to occasional acne and hirsutism (excess hair on the face or other areas of the body such as the abdomen or chest), patients typically have ultrasound findings of polycystic ovaries.  Fifty-percent of women with PCOS are considered obese.

The inability to conceive in the PCOS patient stems from several factors: 1) the follicles typically don’t mature and only develop to between 10 and 12 mm. A mature follicle grows to approximately 20mm;

2) The eggs contained within the follicles are usually not of the best quality. This is often why, even when women with PCOS use medication and IUI or IVF to conceive there may be a greater rate of miscarriage than experienced by women in the general population.

 3) There is an inappropriate hormonal milieu: the FSH, LH, Estrogen, Androgen and Progesterone levels are typically at either inappropriate levels or have inappropriate quantitative relationships between them.

One of the mainstays of acupuncture and herbal medicine is to improve hemodynamics or blood flow to the ovaries and uterine lining. This is important because blood carries hormones, electrolytes, oxygen and nutrients to target tissue and upon its return, takes debris or dead cells away from the target tissue. Thus, an increase in the patency of blood flow to any tissue means a healthier tissue and a better performing organ system.

From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, PCOS represents a disease that is caused by what we call ‘phlegm’.  This phlegm is not the typical phlegm that you think of, but represents rather a sticky, viscous substance that is inert, still, clogging and blocking. This type of presentation as you can imagine is not very amenable to being nurtured by blood and enjoying the benefits that blood has to offer. One may think of a polycystic ovary in traditional Chinese medicine terms as a big bruise that won’t go away.

Imagine if you will, strongly improving blood flow to and through that bruise: it is then that the healing process begins. This is exactly the case with the polycystic ovary.  Acupuncture and herbal medicine cannot cure PCOS, but when combined, they can help to improve follicle quality and egg quality.  This is why the East meets West approach to infertility makes sense. When a patient undergoes an IUI or IVF procedure, the reproductive endocrinologist fertilizes an egg with sperm and transfers the embryo back to the uterus. Or, as in the case with an IUI, the doctor will facilitate the growth and development of more than one follicle and have those follicles meet with more sperm than that which occurs with sexual intercourse thereby improving the chances of a fertilized ovum.

The problem with these methods is that the treating physician can only work with the eggs and sperm that the patient presents with. If either egg or sperm is qualitatively deficient, either a pregnancy will not occur, or a miscarriage will prevail.

By including acupuncture and herbal medicine in the mix, there is a good chance, based upon 3000 years of clinical history, and volumes of classical literature on gynecology and infertility, and modern day clinical experience, that pregnancy rates will increase and miscarriage rates will decrease. This is because egg quality and lining is improved.

Lining quality is an often overlooked problem in the PCOS patient. The health of the endometrium is dependent upon the proper circulating amounts of estrogen and progesterone. In the PCOS patient the estrogen levels are abnormal as are the progesterone levels. So, even when a doctor states that “you have a beautiful 10mm lining” this is not necessarily so. The shape or morphology of the uterine lining is no more an indication of its health that the shape of a person’s body.  For example, you can look at a male model who is tan, handsome and muscled up and appears to be at the height of health but in fact,  is HIV +. 

Again, as acupuncture and herbal medicine can stimulate blood flow to the lining of the uterus; it too will improve in quality, thereby increasing the chances of a successful implantation.

Herbal medicine and acupuncture, when provided by a licensed professional are safe.  Remember the statistics: there are over one million hospitalizations per year in America as a result of reactions to prescription medications. When is the last time that you heard about a death or severe illness occurring as a result of herbal medicine? Does it happen? Can it happen? Yes. But it is extremely rare.

When seeking the care of an acupuncturist and herbalist, look for two things: 1) experience in the field of reproductive disorders and 2) licensure and board certification.

East Coast Fertility is now very excited to be able to offer these services through The Berkeley Center for Reproductive Medicine at East Coast Fertility in Plainview, Long Island.

Mike Berkley, the center’s founder is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist has been treating infertility cases for thirteen years. He is the first acupuncturist in the United States to specialize in this field.  For more on traditional Chinese medicine and infertility please see www.berkleycenter.com o

Or call 516-204-7149 to set up an appointment!

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Bringing Acupuncture to The IVF Patient

By Dr. David Kreiner, MD

October 15th, 2010 at 8:17 am

How might it work?

It has been proposed by many that acupuncture could positively impact the results of In vitro Fertilization – IVF.  The mechanisms proposed for this effect are several.

 

Acupuncture affects the levels of pituitary and ovarian hormones as demonstrated in several studies. Other studies show that it may help improve blood flow to the uterus which might improve implantation.

 

Another explanation attractive to me is that acupuncture may "relax" the uterus at the time of embryo transfer. Several studies have demonstrated uterine contractions and that these contractions can expel transferred IVF embryos. If these contractions were reduced by acupuncture then that could improve IVF pregnancy rates.

 

Reducing stress and improving the general health and wellness of an individual undergoing IVF was scientifically demonstrated to improve our IVF success rates.  If acupuncture is able to achieve some reduction in stress and/or some improvement in patient wellness than statistically it should improve the likelihood of achieving a pregnancy.

 

There are claims that acupuncture will help patients respond better to stimulation medication, get more eggs, even healthier eggs, and get higher pregnancy rates. Many women with diminished ovarian reserve and a high FSH level or history of miscarriages have been promised that acupuncture can cure these problems. The challenge has been to objectively prove these claims with scientific studies.

 

Thus far, there have been a few studies examining the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to IVF.  A relatively new study, published in 2008, combined the results of many of these smaller studies, concluding that one additional live birth would be obtained for every 10 IVF embryo transfers performed when acupuncture was added to the therapeutic regimen.

Acupuncture and IVF Studies

Study 1

 

The first published study, which received a great deal of attention, was conducted by Paulus and published in Fertility and Sterility.

 

The study looked at 160 women aged 21 to 43.  In this study, IVF patients received acupuncture 25 minutes before and 25 minutes after the embryo transfer. No patients received acupuncture before or during treatment with fertility medications.

 

The acupuncture points chosen for the study were supposed to result in:

  • Better blood perfusion and "energy" in the uterus
  • Sedation of the patient
  • "Stabilization" of the endocrine system

IVF patients who had acupuncture had a 42% pregnancy rate. IVF patients who did not have acupuncture had a 26% rate.

Some critics claimed that improvement was due to the placebo effect. To examine this Paulus presented a placebo-controlled study at the annual meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. Two hundred patients with good embryo quality were randomized to receive either real or faked acupuncture for 25 minutes before and after ET. There were clinical pregnancies in 43% of the real and 37% of the faked acupuncture patients. Statistical analysis of the results was not significant but there was the trend towards improved success with the acupuncture.

 

Study 2

 

The study was conducted on 300 couples and was randomized to one of three groups on the day of egg retrieval. After randomization, 27 patients were excluded for various reasons. Of the remaining 273 patients, 87 were allocated to no acupuncture (control group), 95 to acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer, and 91 to receive acupuncture on the day of ET and again 2 days later.

 

There was no difference between the three groups in the number of eggs retrieved or the number of embryos available to transfer to the uterus.

The ongoing pregnancy rate was higher in both of the acupuncture groups compared to the control group. The ongoing pregnancy rate in the group which received acupuncture once was 36%, in the group that received acupuncture twice, the rate was 33% and in the group that did not receive acupuncture at all it was 22%.

Study 3

In this third acupuncture study, a total of 225 infertile patients were included: 116 women were randomized into group I (the acupuncture group), and 109 women were randomized into group II (the no acupuncture group). The physician who performed the embryo transfer was not aware of which couples were in which group. On the day of embryo transfer, the patients in the study group received acupuncture.  At the same time, a special Chinese medical drug (the seed of Caryophyllaceae) was placed on the patient’s ear. The seeds remained in place for 2 days and were pressed twice daily for 10 minutes. Three days after the embryo transfer, the patients received a second acupuncture treatment. In addition, the same ear points were pressed at the opposite ear twice daily. The seeds were removed after 2 days.

 

The control group received a faked acupuncture. As in the treatment group, patients received the phony acupuncture treatment for 30 minutes. This placebo treatment was repeated three days after the embryo transfer. Equal numbers of needles were applied to the study and control groups. The placebo acupuncture treatment was designed not to influence fertility.

 

Both groups were similar in terms of age, weight, duration of infertility, cause of infertility, and number of previous IVF attempts. No differences were found in the specifics of the ovarian stimulation, the number of eggs retrieved, the fertilization rate, or the number of embryos transferred.

The real acupuncture group had an implantation rate per embryo of 14.2% whereas the faked acupuncture group’s implantation rate was only 5.9%. The ongoing pregnancy rate was 28.4% in the real acupuncture group compared to 13.8% in the control group.

 

Study 4

 

This next acupuncture and in vitro fertilization study subjected the patients to three acupuncture treatment sessions. The first took place before the egg retrieval on the 9th day of ovarian stimulation, and the second and third acupuncture treatments were performed immediately before and after the embryo transfer. Women were randomly allocated to receive treatment with either real therapeutic acupuncture or with faked acupuncture.

 

Of the 228 subjects randomized, 15% were unable to complete the treatment protocol because their IVF cycle was cancelled prior to the embryo transfer. No difference in the grading of embryos was found between groups. The pregnancy rate, defined by a positive fetal heart beat, was 31% in the acupuncture group and 23% in the control group.

 

I am very proud that as of today, The Berkeley Center For Reproductive Wellness at East Coast Fertility is opening it’s door. It’s our hope to support you in every way to build your family. 

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How Does Holistic Medicine Help Infertility Treatments? Come and Find Out!

By Pamela Madsen

October 12th, 2010 at 7:56 am

One of the things that I care about the most in health care – is taking care of the whole person.  When we struggle with our bodies – we are not simply one troublesome part – we are the sum of our parts. And bringing complementary medicine into our health care plan often  helps complete the package when it comes to a positive outcome .

The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, the first complementary medicine Center in the U.S. to specialize in the care and treatment of those faced with fertility challenges, will open a brand new center in association with East Coast Fertility.  This will give patients on Long Island  access to an “East meets West” approach to fertility treatment.  There is current research which shows that by combining holistic medicine with traditional Western medical approaches, outcomes for many may be improved. 

ECF’s fertility clinics will continue to provide innovative assisted reproductive technologies, while The Berkley Center will focus on such holistic treatments as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and clinical counseling.  Mike Berkley, the Director of Complementary Medicine Services, is the first acupuncturist in the U.S. to devote his practice solely to fertility care.

It is believed that combining these holistic treatments with advanced medical care can enhance the experience for many patients and help them achieve success.

The Center will be called The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness at East Coast Fertility, and will hold its grand opening presentation on October 13, 2010 at 7pm.  All are welcome to come and see the new facility and stay for a special presentation titled “Understanding How an East meets West Approach to Care Can Increase Your Odds!’.

Mike Berkley will discuss his thoughts about the benefits of holistic fertility care, and  Dr. David Kreiner, Medical Director and Founder of East Coast Fertility, will share his insights.

Reserve your seat at this special event by calling:  516.204.7149.

Dr. Kreiner is eager to offer patients holistic services to compliment their fertility treatments.  “Anything we can offer patients to enhance their experience or make them more comfortable during cycles can contribute to a successful outcome,” says Kreiner.  “It’s also about giving our patients options.  We want them to know they can come to ECF for comprehensive treatment, and holistic therapies are a part of that.”

Mike Berkley adds, “Many patients that use natural fertility techniques during IVF cycles have success.  It’s our job to offer them every possible resource to make their dreams of having a family a reality.”

It is past time that a patient on Long Island should have access to fertility treatments in association with holistic medicine. I am personally thrilled to be a part of the team that is bringing this to Long Island.  East Coast Fertility has always focused on giving patients high quality care, and offering them holistic options along with their state-of-the-art medical care will surely be a benefit to all.

I hope that you come to the seminar to learn more! I am looking forward to meeting you!

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Join Us For A Special Seminar on How Holistic Medicine Can Help You On Your Family Building Journey!

By East Coast Fertility

October 7th, 2010 at 8:58 am

The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness at East Coast Fertility invites
you to join us on October 13, 2010 at 7pm for our grand opening, light refreshments and a special presentation.

Featuring:

Dr. David Kreiner, Medical Director and Founder of East Coast Fertility

Mike Berkley – The first acupuncturist in the U.S. to devote his practice solely to the care of those faced with fertility challenges

With a welcome by: Pamela Madsen, Founder of The American Fertility Association and Patient Advocate for East Coast Fertility

East Coast Fertility provides state-of-the-art, high tech fertility care and
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness provides holistic modalities including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage. With their proven track records, there is no doubt this team will improve your fertility outcomes,
helping to transform you from patient to parent.

Please join us for our grand opening presentation at our Plainview
office, 245 Newtown Road. After the presentation, we invite you to
take a brief tour of our new holistic center at 1074 Old Country Rd.
Come learn how we can make your dream of family a reality

To reserve your seat at this special presentation or to make an appointment please call (516) 204-7149

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Understanding How Holistic Medicine Can Support Your Journey to Family

By East Coast Fertility

September 28th, 2010 at 8:50 am

The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness at East Coast Fertility invites
you to join us on October 13, 2010 at 7pm for our grand opening, light refreshments and a special presentation.

Featuring:

Dr. David Kreiner, Medical Director and Founder of East Coast Fertility

Mike Berkley – The first acupuncturist in the U.S. to devote his practice solely to the care of those faced with fertility challenges

With a welcome by: Pamela Madsen, Founder of The American Fertility Association and Patient Advocate for East Coast Fertility

East Coast Fertility provides state-of-the-art, high tech fertility care and
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness provides holistic modalities including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage. With their proven track records, there is no doubt this team will improve your fertility outcomes,
helping to transform you from patient to parent.

Please join us for our grand opening presentation at our Plainview
office, 245 Newtown Road. After the presentation, we invite you to
take a brief tour of our new holistic center at 1074 Old Country Rd.
Come learn how we can make your dream of family a reality

To reserve your seat at this special presentation or to make an appointment please call (516) 204-7149

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