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Video:Alternative Infertility Treatments

with Dr. Ingrid Rodi

Alternative infertility treatments are often more holistic, therapeutic, and calming than traditional medicine. Get a quick overview of some popular alternative infertility treatments in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Alternative Infertility Treatments

Hi, I'm Dr. Ingrid Rodi and I am a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility with RodiMD.com. Today I am talking to you on behalf of About.com about alternative infertility treatments.

Eastern Alternative Infertility Treatments

Nobody thinks that they are going to have trouble getting pregnant. For many people it is upsetting and stressful to have to be treated for infertility. To add insult to injury, stress can make it more difficult to get pregnant. There are a number of treatments that can be done alongside traditional Western medicine. Some of these are:

Acupuncture: The person performing the acupuncture should be licensed to do it. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years for many indications. The acupuncturist treating a fertility patient should be aware of the special issues fertility patients are dealing with. In addition to the physical benefits, many patients report a reduction in stress.

Chinese herbs: These are often prescribed by doctors of Chinese Medicine, often in conjunction with acupuncture.

Therapuetic Alternative Infertility Treatments

Homeopathy: Commonly used in Europe and is finding greater acceptance in the US as well. One of the great advantage to these medications is there are no side effects or toxicity.

Psychotherapy: Dealing with infertility is very stressful. Many individuals and couples find it helpful to see a therapist during the process. Therapists can help fertility patients in many ways.

  • Cognitive restructuring: Reducing stress by turning automatic negative thoughts into more positive, realistic ones.
  • Instructing patients in relaxation techniques such as breath focus, body scan, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and guided imagery.
  • Emotional expression: Writing about a stressful event, 30 minutes a day for 4 days.
  • Self nurturance: When a patient wakes up in the morning, she should spend 15 minutes thinking of one nice thing she can do for herself that day.

Support groups: Infertility is a very isolating experience. Many individuals and couples find it very helpful to be part of a group of people who are experiencing the same problems. Advocacy groups like Resolve often organize these kinds of groups.

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