This page discusses Acupuncture IVF support.
Robert has over a decades experience working with patients who have fertility, pregnancy or women’s health concerns and those undergoing IVF treatments. Robert incorporates the latest scientific research into his treatments and combines these with traditional, holistic approaches. He commonly works with gynaecologists, obstetricians, and reproductive specialists and firmly believes in the integration of medicine, combining the best of East and West, in order to get the best outcome possible. Robert completed his clinical internship in the Gynaecology department of Shanghai Shu Guang Hospital and went on to complete further training in natural fertility and IVF support. Lachlan McDonald assists Robert is his work with these patients.
If you are interested in making an appointment with Robert or would simply like to have a chat, please feel free to contact Robert at the clinic on 03 9337 8572 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
A typical consultation begins with assessing the health of both partners. The first step is to understand the current state of health and wellbeing in each partner to determine what kind of care is required and for whom. This involves seeing the male partner’s semen analysis (if required), blood tests, and an understanding of the state of his general health. Men are very simple in this regard, for women its a little more complex. For the female partner, There is a need to understand the cycle regularity, quality of menstruation, ovulation timing/quality, cervical mucus quality, viewing of Basal Body Temperature charts if available, hormonal panels and other blood tests, internal ultrasound/tubal patency/laparoscopy results (if they have been performed), and a general understanding of her health.
Our practitioners utilise a versatile approach to encourage self-healing that explores both the East Asian and western traditions of medicine. This may involve acupuncture, both traditional Chinese and very gentle Japanese styles of practice, moxibustion (heat therapy), Cupping therapy, soft tissue release techniques such as abdominal massage, dietary and lifestyle modifications, Herbal medicine including Chinese and Western herbs, and integrative natural medicines.
Robert has over a decades experience working with patients who have fertility, pregnancy or women’s health concerns and those undergoing IVF treatments. Robert incorporates the latest scientific research into his treatments and combines these with traditional, holistic approaches. He commonly works with gynaecologists, obstetricians, and reproductive specialists and firmly believes in the integration of medicine, combining the best of East and West. Robert completed his clinical internship in the Gynaecology department of Shanghai Shu Guang Hospital and went on to complete further training in natural fertility and IVF support. Lachlan McDonald works with Robert and assists in these treatments.
Acupuncture consultations last for one hour and the needles are retained for about 25-30 minutes.
Initial Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Consultation $120.00 (One Hour)
Follow Up Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Consultation $85.00 (One Hour)
Herbal medicine and supplements are an extra cost. These are always discussed with you prior to dispensing. HICAPS is available onsite for instant private health rebates and concession is available for students and pension card holders.
Yes, all are welcome at the clinic. Our practitioners have a lot of experience in working with same sex couples undergoing IVF treatments.
Yes, our practitioners works with couples and individuals who are undergoing donor egg or donor sperm programs in Australia and overseas. They have a good knowledge of egg donor programs in Greece, Europe, and South Africa, having worked with patients undergoing these programs over the last ten years.
There are many wonderful, passionate reproductive specialists in Melbourne. The following practitioners are a few who Robert has professionally communicated with over the years and personally recommends:
Dr. Nick Lolatgis (Monash IVF): For his endeavour to understand ‘unexplained infertility’, his willingness to experiment and try new avenues where required, and his dedication in helping those who’s other IVF specialists have long given up on.
Dr. Lynn Burmeister (Hawthorn/Geelong, No.1 Fertility): For her dedication to the field, her thoroughness in investigating the causes of infertility and repeated pregnancy loss, and her ability to think outside the square when faced with the fertility challenges of her patients.
Dr. Manuela Toledo (Melbourne IVF): For her thoroughness and willingness to integrate with natural and complimentary medicines.
If you are interested in making an appointment with our practitioners or would simply like to have a chat, please feel free to contact the clinic on 03 9337 8572 or send us an email at email@example.com.
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