Fertility Program FAQ
What is The Overcoming Infertility Program?
The Overcoming Infertility Program is a comprehensive holistic healthcare approach to treating the causes of infertility naturally and in partnership with physicians.
Please visit The Overcoming Infertility Program page.
After you conceive, The Overcoming Infertility Program automatically converts into a Well-Pregnancy Program.
What if I don't live in New York City?
For international patients or those too far from New York to make in-office care regular, we adapt the program through phone, Skype or FaceTime. If you have local providers we may collaborate with them in your care. For those somewhat close but not local, for example, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia areas, you will typically come to New York once or twice per month for in-office care and if needed, we will collaborate with your local acupuncturist for care between visits.
How is The Overcoming Infertility Program different from Fertility Acupuncture or TCM?
There are several differences!
Published research on the methodology of The Overcoming Infertility Program details higher live birth rates in both donor and non-donor IVF cycles. Acupuncture for infertility is most effective inside integrative medicine combined care protocols targeted to resolve the causes of infertility.
East-West Integrative Medicine Approach
The Overcoming Infertility Program is an integrative medicine approach in which your case is conferenced seamlessly between your Oriens therapists. Your GYN, RE or any other member of your care team may participate. Case conferencing puts all your team members on the same page and up to date on your progress.
Your treatment plan within The Overcoming Infertility Program will have several components. These are carefully timed and layered to be most effective.
An example: In your mid-follicular phase (soon after your period finishes but before ovulation) you may have Acupuncture. Then as your LH surges (positive ovulation test), you may have ovulation induction with electro-acupuncture. On your own at home, the self-care layer shifts also to reflect your cycle phase change from nourishing follicles in the ovary to supporting ovulation. The nutrition layer of your care may be phase-responsive as well, and that information is integrated into your fertility diet through your work with the Fertility Meal Planner.
The Oriens therapists teach you the self-care techniques and easy fertility lifestyle strategies that are appropriate for you, during your appointments. We walk you through your cycle and what to do when, so you are able to effectively integrate the self-care components of your treatment plan into your everyday life.
Mind-Body Tools for Stress
In addition to in-office treatment and nutrition, the emphasis is on navigating the stress of infertility and developing resilience to navigate the mental and emotional strain infertility often imposes. Many patients feel their fertility challenge has taken over their lives and altered their relationships. The program helps you feel stronger, less fearful, more like yourself. It helps you get your life back while moving as swiftly toward pregnancy as possible.
The Overcoming Infertility Program offers mind-body tools to help you feel both pro-active and calm as you engage your process. These are selected according to what makes sense for you. Some examples are Counseling, Breathing Techniques, Meditation, Writing, Qi Gong exercises.
With our lives in the clinic and our heads in the research, working with hundreds of women over the years we have a lot of experience and information to share! At your appointments, we discuss what's on your mind, and what we are seeing in your progress. Patients often would like our opinion on the questions and decisions they are facing with their RE or in their lives in relation to their fertility journey and process. While protecting everyone's anonymity, we are happy to share our experiences with other cases similar to yours that we've had in our clinic in the past.
This is your life. The Overcoming Infertility Program is holistic in its scope, offerings and the delivery of care, attending to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of healing.
What is the first step?
The first step is to determine your candidacy for The Overcoming Infertility Program. You may book a complimentary 15-minute consultation to introduce us to your case, or you may simply make a New Patient Appointment. Once you are accepted as a patient in the program, your care strategies and treatment plan will be developed. Your treatment plan will address your particular infertility diagnoses, contributing factors, and challenges.
Careful examination and evaluation, your health history and biomedical information, successful outcomes of other infertility patients with similar cases in our clinic in the past, research and current best practices, and your timeline will all contribute to the development of your treatment plan.
What is included in The Overcoming Infertility Program?
Your care plan may include all or only a few of the fertility enhancement strategies Oriens offers:
FERTILITY ACUPUNCTURE, ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE, or ACUPUNCTURE FOR IVF
Weekly treatment for biomedical and Chinese medicine diagnosed issues. Systemic and cycle phase-specific care.
FERTILITY DIET & MEAL PLANNING
Patient-specific Fertility Diet, recipes, meal plans, and Q & A. Session 1 within first few weeks of the program.
Option to use a program credit toward regular Email Support for ongoing questions.
FERTILITY LIFESTYLE COUNSELING
Universal advice, and specific protocols for you, to integrate into your daily routines.
FERTILITY HERBAL PRESCRIPTION & MONITORING
Chinese Herbal Medicine -- whole cycle, or small cycle phase-specific prescriptions based on diagnosis.
FERTILITY NUTRACEUTICAL & SUPPLEMENT PRESCRIPTION & MONITORING
Basic and specialized fertility nutrition support for conception & pregnancy.
FERTILITY MIND-BODY TOOLS
In-office sessions teach meditation, breathing and stress management, hands-on healing, self-acupressure and self-massage techniques.
Between all Oriens therapists and the doctors or other care team members you introduce - creates an integrated & high level of care
EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS & ACCESS
When appropriate, we will send you protocol changes as the follow-up to appointments. In addition, you may contact Oriens with important questions and updates from your RE or other MDs.
How long (how many sessions) is The Overcoming Infertility Program?
The Overcoming Infertility Program has 21 treatment credits. Most appointment types are one credit. Because each patient is in their own treatment plan, the session credits will be used at different rates. However, the program is designed so that nearly all patients will have three to five months of care. The program automatically converts to a Well-Pregnancy Program after you conceive.
After you conceive, the Oriens Fertility program automatically converts into a Well-Pregnancy Program. Your care plan will now shift accordingly to support you.