Complementary Therapies


It is well-accepted that there are many things that affect our body’s well-being. Many people feel traditional medicine is not the only way to support and strengthen our bodies. While searching out additional therapies, it must be understood they are not a substitute for the physician’s medical program, which has been designed specifically for you. Furthermore, they do not guarantee conception. What they can provide is a more calm and positive atmosphere allowing the physical body to reach its full potential.


Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a treatment of ancient Chinese origin. It consists of a number of procedures intended to stimulate anatomical points of the body. These points are believed to connect with pathways called meridians which conduct Qi throughout the body. Qi is the body’s vital energy and is thought to control physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being.


The most common form of acupuncture used in the United States is the use of thin needles that are inserted into the skin at specific points. The needles may be stimulated electrically or manually. In women with infertility, acupuncture seeks to increase blood flow to the uterus and to control stress.


The staff of Virginia IVF and Andrology Center are happy to accommodate its patients use of acupuncturists brought to our facility, as long as the procedures are scheduled with us in advance.


Visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at www.nccam.nih.gov for more information.


Herbs and Dietary Supplements
We understand that many patients today are very interested in herbal remedies. Because of the possible side effects and/or interactions that such remedies may have with traditional treatment; we ask that you discuss with your physician any herbs or supplements you are interested in trying before starting them.


Meditation
Meditation is the process of relaxing your body and mind. When relaxation is achieved, your breathing, blood pressure and heart rate will decrease. Try techniques such as deep breathing while focusing on a word, picture or phrase. Meditation can go beyond traditional means of relaxation into the areas of body blessings. Many believe that we can empower our bodies by thinking positive, empowering thoughts. If you are interested in learning more about specific meditation techniques, try out a meditation class.


Massage
Massage therapy can decrease pain and tension in the muscles which calms the mind and body. Reduction of tension and stress promotes more natural body responses and healthy emotions. All of which are beneficial to fertility. Seek out a therapist who understands your needs and relax!


Yoga
Not all yoga is right for fertility, but there are programs that support patients with fertility challenges. These classes should help to stretch muscles, improve blood flow, induce calm, deep breathing. All of these things can help to relieve stress. We encourage our patients to seek out a class to support your fertility goals.