Vitamin D has gotten a lot of press over the last few years. From bone strength to fertility, the uses of vitamin D, as both a nutrient and a hormone, continues to increase as research accumulates and our understanding grows.
“Natural” progesterone supplementation is the cornerstone of many holistic physician’s treatment plan for Women’s Health issues such as:
PMS & Menstrual Cycle Regulation
Infertility, especially Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
I just got back from teaching Chinese Medicine and IVF–East-West Synergy in Yo San University’s Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program. The class focused on helping women (and men) have a successful IVF cycle with Chinese medicine. It also included a synopsis of current research, some of which is so powerful I feel compelled to share it with you.
In a blinded, controlled clinical trial which lasted 7 years and included over 800 patients, researchers in Colorado Springs found that Read more
I am so happy to announce that my long-awaited book, Your Fertility Program was published today. The book is available in epub and paperback at both Book Shop Santa Cruz and on Amazon. It feels so good to present this book as it contains key pieces of information needed by so many people to plan for conception.
It provides answers to the questions I get asked everyday in my Santa Cruz women’s health-based clinic:
“I have thyroid disease, can I get pregnant?
Am I too old to conceive?
How do I know if I’m ovulating?
What blood tests do I need?
How should I eat?
What can I do to avoid another miscarriage?”, etc.
Also, it includes a chapter for men! Yes, you too guys. It does take two, after all.
The perfect complement to acupuncture and Oriental medicine care, this Read more
Nothing makes me happier than following up with a patient who became pregnant under my care. For example, yesterday Isaw a patient who I haven’t seen since her first trimester. Now she is in her 36th week. She wrote of her experience during her first trimester:
I am research scientist, and I have always been a little skeptical about acupuncture and other non-western medical practices. After my experience with Dr. Rozenn, however, I enthusiastically recommend her for the treatment of fertility issues. My husband and I were trying to conceive for the second time and after a year, we saw an M.D. specialist in infertility. He explained that Western medicine had no easy answer for my particular issue (my cycles were short and he suspected I was ovulating before my eggs were mature), and recommended that I try meditation or yoga as a first strategy. He also mentioned that there was a program available that combined standard infertility treatment with acupuncture. After talking to a friend of mine (who recommended Dr. Rozenn), I decided to try acupuncture alone for three months and then reassess my options. Dr. Rozenn was willing to work with me either with or without parallel treatment from my M.D. and Read more
After completing my BA, I looked at MS programs in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oriental Medicine all over the country. I was young, without ties to a community, and was open to moving anywhere. I chose to attend Five Branches University because out of all of my prospective schools, that one was strongest in Women’s Health, because of Sharon Feng. I came to Santa Cruz knowing I wanted to focus on gynecology, long before it was commonplace for acupuncturists to claim a specialty. I came here to study with Dr. Feng.
My first clinical class was with Sharon. It was my first day, and she scared the hell out of me. This tiny Read more
The following is a particularly eloquent email one of my patients sent me before she made her first appointment. Like many women with PCOS, hers was a trying path to pregnancy. However, with the right combination of Chinese and Western medicine, she was able to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. To the left is a picture of her beautiful baby girl.
This is an excellent example of the type of inquiries I get weekly. The following excerpt of our communication is posted with her permission and request to remain anonymous. Her email is in italics and my response is bolded.
Hello, I am searching for a practitioner with knowledge, patience, and a history of success in treating women with PCOS. Read more
“A few years ago, Maureen helped our family grow from 2 to 4. The attached photo of our twins was taken when they were a few months old. Now they are 2 years old and full of adventure! I’ve been meaning to send a photo for an embarrassingly long time. Better late than never. Thank you, Maureen, for everything you have done for our family.”-Bree, Santa Cruz
June is World Infertility Awareness Month. Infertility or “subfertility” impacts men and women all over the world. In developed nations such as the United States, Sweden, Germany and Brazil many couples delay conception until later in life. The term “infertility” is generally defined as the failure of a couple to conceive after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse, (if the female is under 35). If she is over 35 then the diagnosis of infertility can be given after 6 months. Around 10–15% of couples have difficulty conceiving at some point in their reproductive lives and seek Western Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART). We tend to assume that infertility has more to do with the female partner, but that is simply untrue.
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Since graduating from Five Branches University over 10 years ago, Dr. Rozenn has taught in several clinical and academic settings. In fact, her teaching career began before she graduated, when her classmate hired her to tutor him for the California state board exam. Her upcoming didactic/clinical class is a part of the “Women’s Health” specialization component of Five Branches University’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program. The Western Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART) aspect of the class will be taught by a Reproductive Endocrinologist, while Dr. Rozenn will teach students:
- How to enhancee fertility through normalizing the menstrual cycle
- How to teach patients the Fertility Awareness Method and incorporate that information into their treatment plan
- How to treat obstacles to fertility/pregnancy such as Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Unexplained Infertility, Recurrent Miscarriage, Fibroid/Cysts, Male Infertility Patterns and more
- Fertility promoting acupuncture treatments, herbal formulas, nutritional supplements and dietary guidelines backed by empirical and experimental data
- The latest Integrative Medicine Fertility Research
- How to help patients make ART more successful, including: hormone therapy, IVF, IUI and surgery recovery
The class will satisfy California state and The American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine continuing education requirements.
As part of the class, Dr. Rozenn will have the opportunity to treat patients on Sunday, May 11th and Monday, May 12th, from 2-6pm FOR FREE! Volunteers will have a class of licensed acupuncturists observing their treatment and as compensation, they will receive treatment for free. This is a $175.00-$100.00 value.