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Treatment Options / Protocols

Upon filling out and returning an Intake Form, we will contact you to arrange an initial interview.

Oriental Medical Therapy alone:

  1. If you are seeking assistance for fertility enhancement with acupuncture and herbal therapy alone, you should be prepared for 3 – 6 months of treatment, dependent on the cause of the infertility. The following is a generic scenario:
    • Initial interview and treatment,
    • For the woman: Twice weekly acupuncture sessions during the follicular phase of your cycle (Days 4 – 14, depending on cycle). A post ovulation treatment is also recommended,
      Herbal formulas that follow your cycle, taken twice a day.
    • For the male: 2 – 4 acupuncture treatments per month, depending on sperm parameters, for a minimum of 4 months. A regimen of supplements/herbs is highly recommended.

A.R.T. and Oriental Medicine combined:

  1. If you are seeking acupuncture and/or herbal therapy as adjuncts to A.R.T. there are a few suggested generic scenarios:
    1. Ideally we would like to see our clients for 3 months prior to beginning an ART schedule. In this case, the protocol would be similar to the one above.
      • Once you begin your A.R.T. cycle, acupuncture treatments continue, but herbal formulas are discontinued,
      • For the male and female, an additional acupuncture treatment the day before Egg Retrieval,
      • Pre and post, on site, acupuncture treatments for the woman on the day of Embryo Transfer (ET). An acupuncture treatment for the woman, 2 - 4 days after ET, and then once per week after a positive pregnancy until week 14.
    2. If you have already begun an A.R.T. cycle, we suggest 9 acupuncture treatments for the woman before egg retrieval. Due to the fertility drugs used during the A.R.T. cycle, herbal formulas will not be used.
      • For the man, we suggest a regimen of supplements, and 2 - 4 acupuncture treatments, including one the day before, or the day of, retrieval,
      • Pre and post, on site, acupuncture treatments for the woman on the day of Embryo Transfer (ET),
      • An acupuncture treatment for the woman, 2 - 4 days after ET, and then once per week after a positive pregnancy is confirmed until week 14. If there is a history of repeated miscarriages, herbal formulas as well as additional acupuncture treatments, may be recommended.
    3. For women, pre and post, onsite acupuncture treatments at the time of Embryo Transfer.
      • An acupuncture treatment the day before egg retrieval,
      • An acupuncture treatment for the woman, 2 - 4 days after ET, and then once per week after a positive pregnancy until week 14.

  2. If you are on an IUI protocol, we suggest 9 acupuncture treatments before insemination, one treatment immediately, or the evening before, insemination, and one treatment 2 - 4 days after insemination. These treatments can all be done in our clinic.
    • After a positive pregnancy is confirmed, 1 acupuncture treatment per week until week 14.

  3. If you are seeking pre and post acupuncture treatments at the time of embryo transfer alone, or in conjunction with the options above, you must contact us at least a week before your egg retrieval.  After an inital treatment before egg retrieval, the following protocol is followed for women:
    • Inform us of the day of egg retrieval. Inform the Ottawa Fertility Centre, that you have requested acupuncture.
    • Inform of us of the day and time of transfer. We will then contact the OFC to reserve a room.
    • You will arrive approximately 1.5 hours before your transfer time to do blood work. After your blood work, you will come to the acupuncture room for a 30 minute pre transfer acupuncture treatment. You will then be go to the transfer room.
    • After your embryo transfer, you will return to the acupuncture room for a 30 minute post transfer acupuncture treatment.
    • The woman’s partner is invited and encouraged to be present during the transfer treatments.

If you would like to proceed, please fill out an intake form and email it back to us. We will then call to arrange your initial interview and treatment.

Fee Schedule Overview

Initial Fertility Intake$120 includes PST=$120
Acupuncture (1 time/week):$65 includes PST=$65
Acupuncture (2 times/week):$50 includes PST=$50
On Site Pre/Post ET Treatment:$250 + PST=$282.50
Herbal Cost per Month:$45 – $200  

All fees are payable at the time of services rendered, by cash or cheque.
We are not able to accept credit or debit cards

Please note that the “Initial Fertility Intake” includes the first acupuncture treatment.

As a courtesy, please allow 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment; this allows us to reschedule the time for another client. A cancellation or rescheduling of less than 24 hours may result in the full rate being charged.
We are acutely aware of the changing schedules of our fertility clients and most certainly take this into consideration. Your efforts to keep us informed and up to date concerning your schedule and ongoing procedures is appreciated.

 
 
 

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