Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Ever wondered what a fertility doctor thinks of acupuncture?

Leading up to National Infertility Awareness Week in May 15-21 2011, two accomplished doctors of Eastern and Western medicine collaborated in a one-of-a-kind Toronto workshop, designed to inform couples struggling with infertility – and the health professionals who care for them – about powerful new practices supporting the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and assisted reproductive technology (ART).

It’s believed that as many as one in six Canadian couples is affected by infertility. Tanya Smith, R.TCMP, eastern Canada’s only Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) and Dr. Paul Magarelli, acclaimed author, researcher, fertility doctor and Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at University of New Mexico, know first-hand that those numbers can be greatly reduced with acupuncture. Dr. Magarelli will explain how easily the success rate of assisted reproductive technology (such as in vitro fertilization, IVF) can be dramatically increased with special timing of acupuncture treatments and the addition of simple lifestyle changes.

”The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society statistics tell us that IVF results in pregnancy 29% of the time,” says Tanya Smith. “A recent British Medical Journal study found that odds increase by 65% when women also undergo acupuncture treatments. The numbers are impressive, and similar to what I see in my own practice. Couples struggling to conceive have good reason to feel hopeful. What’s important is that the message reaches them.”

“We know, for a fact, that acupuncture can help improve pregnancy rates, decrease miscarriages, reduce ectopic pregnancies and increase the number of take-home babies for women undergoing IVF,” states Dr. Magarelli.

This was an incredibly informative and empowering presentation. Dr. Magarelli uses humor and real life examples to make this complex information relate-able and understandable. Watch the presentation here and leave your comments below!

Listen to the Q & A after the talk where Dr. Paul Magarelli answers questions from the audience.

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