ART is not the only treatment option…
We understand that women and couples sometimes feel conflicted and unsure about how to proceed – often because of misinformation, a lack of options presented to them or differing medical opinions. We can’t emphasize it enough, poor responders get better results when they take a more holistic approach before attempting IVF. “How Do I Know if I’m a Poor Responder?” helps elucidate how IVF works, those who respond favorably, those who don’t, and why?
Exploring Chinese Medical Treatment Therapies
After nearly two decades of experience, we have seen way too many women run the IVF gamut without much exposure to Chinese medical therapy; it’s unfortunate. “DOR – Do Ovaries Right” talks about treatment methods that can help women and couples have better success rates with IVF earlier in the journey, verses later when discussion of donor eggs becomes inevitable.
Collaborative Care Chronicles
- Beth’s Story - Before seeing Jackie, I had gone through a few rounds of IUI, 2 egg retrievals, and 3 transfers (2 fresh, 1 frozen) over about a year's time with no success. The most frustrating part (other than just not getting pregnant!) was that no one seemed to know why. I just kept hearing "I'm sure it… Continue Reading
Supporting Health and Fertility at the Start
We have developed effective holistic treatment methodologies that we believe should be a part of every ‘IVF outlier’ or ‘poor responder’ treatment protocol well before attempting IVF. Supporting your health and egg quality three to four months before IVF is often what makes an IVF cycle finally work. Deciding to take the time and trusting the process can be very difficult to do. Check out the stories of the women and couples who have found our care to be an integral part of their journey.
- From Crickets to Collaboration - During Collaborative Care’s early years, collaboration was quite a challenge. I would reach out to doctors of my patients, translating Chinese medical protocol to biomedical terminology as best I could. The reality is that they are very different medicines. And in many cases there would be crickets. But I persisted because of my conviction that communication between caregivers […]
- New UK Study: Acupuncture ‘doubles the chances of getting pregnant through IVF’ - More encouraging news for women and couples struggling with infertility! A study published in the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology links the benefits of acupuncture when combined with IVF treatment cycles. Pregnancy more than doubled in the acupuncture group vs the control group that did not receive acupuncture. While the results of this study […]
- Help for women with secondary infertility - Many women are surprised to find out that they have trouble conceiving a second child after they easily conceived their first — a condition known as “secondary infertility.” A CDC report based on the The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) estimate that more than 3 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. who have one […]
- Natural pregnancy after endometriosis achieved by over 40% of women in study - More studies are showing that many women do, in fact, achieve natural pregnancy with a history of endometriosis, despite the common association between endometriosis and infertility. There is a misconception that endometriosis makes natural pregnancy unlikely, particularly after laproscopic surgery to remove the endometriosis. For example, this RESOLVE blog post goes so far as to say, “Very few […]
- IVF diet to improve fertility - Collaborative Care recommends an IVF diet to support patients that are undergoing In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to bolster their well-being and overall fertility. Many of our patients have undergone, or are currently undergoing, IVF treatments. While IVF is certainly a huge blessing for many women struggling to achieve pregnancy, from Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM’s) […]
- How bone broth benefits fertility patients - Diet is a very important part of Collaborative Care’s approach to fertility; indeed, patients who incorporate dietary recommendations consistently see results much more quickly. Just as each patient’s acupuncture and herbal regimens are individualized according to their needs, so is the dietary advice we give at Collaborative Care. However, one piece of advice we give […]
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Depending on what fertility steps you are taking or seeking to take, Collaborative Care can help. Our holistic approach strengthens reproductive health in order to optimize your chances of success.
Collaborative Care offers initial zoom and in-person consultations. Schedule your initial session or a 15-min complimentary phone consult below.
Jackie O’Neill is an out-of-network provider. Superbills are provided for those who have acupuncture benefits for reimbursement. It is recommended you check your acupuncture plan for fertility and pregnancy coverage if you plan to be reimbursed for treatment. Herbal supplements are non-billable and therefore ineligible for reimbursement. You may use your HSA or FSA to cover treatment fees.