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Many Couples Seek Hope Through Alternative Fertility Treatments

Author : Shelby Lara


Although many infertile couples in Houston have found fertility success through seeking treatment from a Houston IVF clinic, many couples have looked toward alternative methods of treatment in addition to treatment in order to improve fertility. However, the question remains over whether these alternative treatment options (coupled with standard treatment at a fertility clinic) are really as effective as some studies have claimed. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco recently published a study documenting the amount of couples seeking alternative forms of fertility treatment in addition to attending a fertility clinic. The researchers conducted interviews with 428 couples who were receiving regular treatment from a fertility clinic in northern California. During the 18 month period, the researchers discovered that approximately 29% of the couples surveyed were including their own method of alternative treatment in addition to the treatment received at the clinic.

Of the alternative forms of treatment used, acupuncture was the most popular treatment choice with 22% of couples undergoing the process regularly in hopes of increasing fertility. Following acupuncture was the use of medicinal herbs, which 17% of couples attested to using in attempt to increase fertility. About 5% of couples utilized a form of bodily therapy, which usually consisted of massaging and other chiropractic techniques. Finally, 1% of couples claimed they used meditation as a means of improving fertility. The studying revealed that couples applying these additional treatments were those who had previously failed to respond to conventional fertility treatments and were trying again. Additionally, the percentage of couples who employed these techniques increased with age.

The study did not determine with certainty whether or not these alternative therapy options were helpful in improving fertility. However, from a medical perspective, it's easy to see how these treatments could potentially improve fertility considering the fact that they focus on mental and bodily health. Something as small as an unhealthy diet can have a negative impact on fertility, which is why staying in the best health possible is vital for maintaining or improving fertility among couples. Although there wasn't a definitive result about the effectiveness of the alternative fertility treatment techniques, many couples reported positive responses to the treatments in the form of improvements in general well being and relationship function.

For those who are currently receiving treatment in a Houston IVF clinic, considering alternative forms of treatment in addition to conventional treatment may be a good idea to actively take part in the treatment process. One of the most common problems among couples who are experiencing in fertility is a feeling of helplessness. By seeking out other forms of treatment and investing effort in improving fertility in addition to treatment at a Houston IVF clinic, couples can dramatically improve psychological and mental health during this trying time. By actively getting out there and exercising, eating right, and receiving specialized, relaxing treatments, couples can feel as though they are doing their part to improve their own fertility instead of just relying on the professionals at the Houston IVF clinic.

One of the most important plus sides to remember in regard to employing these alternative techniques is that there are no down sides to trying them out. Treatments such as acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and chiropractic care are all great ways to improve overall health and wellbeing, so there is no reason why couples shouldn't try them out to improve self-sufficiency, health, and possibly fertility in the long run.


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