People seek out Dr. Rozenn during each stage of their fertility journey. She has seen a 23 year old woman, never having regular periods, become pregnant in three months. She has also helped a 52 year old woman with postpartum depression due to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at age 49.
Women may come to Dr. Rozenn because they were diagnosed with endometriosis, PCOS, blocked fallopian tubes or some other impediment to pregnancy. Also, it is common that women with Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR) seek assistance with fertility. Additionally, Dr. Rozenn has extensive experience helping Also women with autoimmune conditions, inherited issues and recurrent miscarriages become mothers.
Sometimes couples need an East-West approach to infertility to achieve their ultimate goal, a healthy baby. I try to reassure my patients that the importance lies not in HOW they conceived, but in their health and vitality as well as Baby’s!
For example IVF is often the successful treatment if: the male partner has no sperm, a single woman wants to conceive, or a lesbian couple wants to be parents. In all of these scenarios, potential parents have an impediment to conception that will not be overcome without Western intervention.
East/West Approach to Fertility Enhancement
Clomid is one of the first-line ovulation enhancing drugs for the treatment of infertility. It may be prescribed by OB/GYNs or reproductive endocrinologists (REs). While it can induce ovulation, ironically, it can also inhibit key fertility processes such as the formation of a thick endometrial lining, which is necessary for implantation, and the formation of healthy cervical fluid. Other drug treatment options include Femara, and the broad category of “gonadotropins”.
For these female patients, Dr. Rozenn’s treatment plan often includes acupuncture treatments timed around ovulation. Depending on where the individual couple’s conception difficulty lies, she may see a woman three times between cycle day 1 and ovulation, and once just after ovulation. Or she may encourage a man to wait 10-12 weeks before undergoing this Western therapy to maximize his sperm health, then see him for acupuncture treatment just before intra-uterine insemination (IUI) or IVF. When herbal formulas and nutritional supplements are prescribed for women during a Western medicated cycle, Dr. Rozenn takes great care to increase the chance of success, while minimizing the hormone stimulation side effects. She monitors her patients very carefully and will often talk to her patient’s reproductive endocrinologist (RE) during Western treatment cycles. Only a very experienced herbalist should offer herbal prescriptions in conjunction with Western hormonal drugs.
Dr. Rozenn teaches licensed acupuncturists how to utilize herbal formulas during Western fertility treatments. Most acupuncturists claiming a Fertility Specialty in the Santa Cruz area have taken classes or apprenticed with Dr. Rozenn.
Even though IUI or IVF may be used to facilitate conception in couples when the semen analysis indicates poor sperm parameters, ideally, the male partner will not rely entirely on Western intervention, but will undergo practices to engender healthy sperm. Sometimes men absolutely need to participate in this process to increase the odds of conception.
IVF is a very popular option for couples where: she is older, he has a very poor semen analysis and/or there are physical impediments to conception and pregnancy such as severe endometriosis or scarring of the fallopian tubes. For these couples, Dr. Rozenn combines modern research with ancient diagnostic principals and treatments. She uses the Cridennda/Magarelli Acupuncture Protocol (CMAP) and adds acupuncture points based on her patient’s unique Oriental Medical diagnosis.
The CMAP has been shown to increase healthy baby births by up to 50%!
To read more about Dr. Rozenn’s preceptorship and research background with the amazing duo-Dianne Cridennda, LAC and Paul Magarelli, MD, FACOG click here.
Sometimes women contact Dr. Rozenn at the very beginning of their IVF cycle, or any Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART) for that matter. From an Oriental Medical perspective, the potential for conception and a healthy pregnancy is much greater with a solid foundation of preparation. Dr. Rozenn prefers to meet the parents-to-be at least four months prior to ART to map out an integrative treatment plan.
“I really enjoy helping a couple conceive. It may be a long journey, or it may be just a couple of months. From preconception, through the ups and downs of pregnancy, to the birth of a healthy baby, fertility enhancement is by far one of the most gratifying aspects of my practice.”-Dr. Maureen Rozen
For more information on East/West Fertility treatments, see Dr. Rozenn’s book, Your Fertility Program.
For YOUR individualized East/West Fertility Program, schedule your appointment today!