IVF Aston PA

Local resource for infertility in Aston. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fertility specialists who can help you get through the hurdles associated with conception problems, anovulation, male fertility and female infertility, as well as advice on in vitro fertilization (IVF), follicle stimulating hormones (FSH), and fertility treatments.

Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
(610) 527-0800
130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 1000
Bryn Mawr, PA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Cooper Center for IVF
(215) 635-4400
7447 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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William F Ware, MD
400 Cherry Tree Rd
Aston, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1967

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Timothy Fred Shawl, MD
(215) 467-2205
2314 3rd Ave
Marcus Hook, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1985

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Albert El Roeiy, MD
(610) 447-2000
1 Medical Center Blvd
Brookhaven, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: The Hebrew Univ, Hadassah Med Sch, Jerusalem, Israel
Graduation Year: 1982

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Reproductive Science Inst - Suburban Philadelphia
(610) 981-6000
945 Chesterbrook Blvd.
Chesterbrook, PA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Lawrence S Borow MD
(610) 668-1170
146 Montgomery Ave
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Paul Stanley Zamostien, MD
(610) 497-7407
1 Medical Center Blvd
Brookhaven, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1973

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Arthur Terry Laver, MD
(610) 497-7407
1 Medical Center Blvd
Brookhaven, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1969

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Anne Marie Raunio, MD
(610) 872-4900
1 Medical Center Blvd
Brookhaven, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1976

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Infertility

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By Miki Shima, o.m.d.

Over the 23 years I’ve been in practice, I’ve helped hundreds of couples become pregnant without high-tech or pharmaceutical interventions. But many of my patients also add Chinese medicine to conventional fertility treatments to increase their effectiveness and alleviate some of the side effects.

Looking eastward has another benefit, too. In the rush to develop increasingly sophisticated ways to treat infertility, doctors often skip over a critical element: bolstering the patient’s overall health, which can suffer in the course of treatment. Where Western medicine concentrates solely on the reproductive organs, Chinese medicine works to strengthen and balance all systems of the body, using a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional supplements.

Here are some of the fertility-related questions I hear most often.

Q: I’ve been trying to conceive for one year, so far unsuccessfully, and I’d like to avoid the hassle and expense of conventional fertility treatments. How effective is Chinese medicine alone in helping women get pregnant?

A:
That depends on several factors. Your first step should be to see your gynecologist for a few exams. She can check for any physical obstructions that might be preventing pregnancy, such as a blockage in your fallopian tubes, and assess your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which affects ovulation, to make sure you haven’t entered early menopause. If your FSH levels are above 10, your chances of getting pregnant without any kind of conventional fertility treatment are very small; if you have high FSH levels and an obstruction, your chances are essentially zero.

However, if your FSH levels are 9 or below, and there are no physical obstructions, traditional Chinese medicine alone can substantially improve your odds. For instance, if you are between the ages of 35 and 40 and your FSH is around 9, you have about a 4 percent chance of getting pregnant without any treatment whatsoever; with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, I’ve found that the probability rises to about 25 percent.

If you do need to see an infertility doctor, Chinese medicine can still help. Many of my patients are women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or egg donation, and I’ve found that adding acupuncture, supplements, and herbs to the mix can raise their success rate by about 15 to 25 percent. One recent study from Germany reported that women who received a regular course of acupuncture immediately before and after in vitro fertilization were 58 percent more likely to get pregnant than those who underwent IVF alone.

Q: Will the fertility herbs my acupuncturist gave me interfere with the fertility drugs I’m taking?

A: No, with one exception. The drug Lupron is prescribed to shut down hormone production (as part of IVF treatment), so herbs that promote hormonal activity can interfere with it. I tell my patients to stop all herbal treatments while taking this drug.

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