Using TCM to support Artificial Reproductive Techniques
Adding value to Artificial Reproductive Treatments (ART)
This is one of the first courses where I took the opportunity to measure the amount of research and writing time which was involved. In preparing for this module, I read more than 25 books and 32 articles. It took me over 125 hours in total to prepare; four months researching, 3 months writing and an additional 7 hours preparing handouts and reading over all my personal clinical audits so I was sure to be relating the research back into a clinically accurate and applicable context. It then took me several days to record and edit this module, and several more to edit following feedback from beta testing and prepare the quiz and feedback forms.
At the end of this process, I am confident that what you have to listen to and learn from is clear and easily understood information on the subject of ART – all aspects of preparation, execution and aftermath – which also encompasses epigenetic discussion and the ensuring lifestyle and psychological implications.
This course will also help you understand exactly what your clients are going through from a diagnostic and medication point of view, and help you to spot what might have been missed or what can, perhaps, be improved. It will also help you to support them in choosing a clinic that is right for them, and empower them to ask the questions of that clinic which will ensure a good level of personal care.
This is a biomedicine-heavy module, as the procedures are so complicated, and there is a necessary equal emphasis on male infertility. However, at each stage I break down the possible TCM diagnosis, treatment patterns, translate the biomedical actions in the body into an accurate TCM pathological explanation, and give point suggestions which enable you to treat accurately.
Together with the PCOS and OHSS course, which explains how to get the best out of an ART cycle in which hormone levels are less than ideal, this is a powerful tool for guiding and optimising the outcome of ART treatment for your client.
What is actually in the module?
Each module goes through a biomedical and TCM explanation of the topic, plus:
Topic 1: Clinical Statistics
Topic 2: Female Infertility
- Unexplained Infertility
- Investigations and Assessments
- DHEA & Melatonin
Topic 3: Male Infertility
- Investigations and Assessments
- Nutritional Supplementation
- Surgical Sperm Removal
“I’ve printed off all the handouts, and will use them in clinic – really helpful.”
Topic 4: Ovulation Induction
- Risks of Treatment
Topic 5: IUI
- Sperm Wash
Topic 6: IVF
- Natural and Mild Cycle IVF
- Statistics and Success Rates
User feedback: “I learned that a ton about male factor that I did not know beforehand.”
“I really loved this ART module and I know it will support my day to day clinic interactions – you have done an amazing job.“
Topic 7: Adjunctive Therapies
- Auricular Acupuncture
Topic 8: Treating during IVF
- Questions from Practitioner to Patient
- Down Regulation Drugs
- Follicle Stimulating Drugs
- The Oral Contraceptive Pill
- Luteal Phase support
User feedback: “I feel like I got so much more in terms of content depth than was marketed.“
“The depth of content was amazing, and it was put across in a really easy to understand manner.“
- Scanning through the cycle
- Stimulation Phase
- Uterine innervation areas
- Ovarian Cysts
- Egg Maturation Protocol
- Trigger Injection
- TVOR – trans-vaginal oocyte removal otherwise known as egg collection
- Post TVOR
- The Implantation Window
- Assisted Hatching
- The Laboratory in an IVF Unit
- Let’s look at the eggs
- ICSI eggs
- Embryo Terminology
- The embryo fertilisation journey
- Grading the sperm
- Freezing and Thawing
- One or Two?
- The Two Week Wait
- Implantation Timeline
- IVF Failure – why does it happen?
- IVF – what’s the problem?
- Stress and hormones
- The Stress Cascade
- The Repair Programme
This course has been awarded CPD/CEU points from the following accreditation bodies:
- NCCAOM: 5 points
- Florida Board of Acupuncture: 5 points
- California Board of Acupuncture: 5 points
- AACMA: 5 points
- ATMS: 5 points
- New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority: 5 points