IVF Charleston WV

Local resource for infertility in Charleston. 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.

Dara Aliff, DO
400 Court St
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Sch Of Osteo Med, Lewisburg Wv 24901
Graduation Year: 1999

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Dr.Robert Todd Depond
(304) 345-4525
400 Court Street #303
Charleston, WV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Hospital: Camc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 10, reviews.

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Patrick C Williams, MD
(304) 342-9183
331 Laidley St Ste 504
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1958

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Betty A Goad
(304) 744-0845
131 7th Ave Sw
South Charleston, WV
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Kanoj Kumar Biswas, MD
(304) 344-9066
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Calcutta Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Calcutta, Calcutta, West Bengal
Graduation Year: 1959

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Joan Marie Jesse, MD
(304) 341-1575
501 Morris St # 4W
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1987

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Tuan Anh Le, MD
(304) 347-4600
1201 Washington St E Ste 108
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1984

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Rodney Lee Stephens, MD
(304) 344-0526
331 Laidley St Ste 204
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1970

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Dr.Michael Lao
(304) 720-4455
1003 Oakwood Rd
Charleston, WV
Gender
M
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Hospital: Camc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Robert D Patchell, MD FACS
837 Spring Rd
Charleston, WV
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Toronto
Graduation Year: 1944

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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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