IVF Fort Myers FL

Local resource for infertility in Fort Myers. 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.

Anita Marie Del Bianco, MD
(239) 482-6881
12995 S Cleveland Ave
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: Southwest Florida Reg Med Ctr, Fort Myers, Fl; Lee Memorial Hospital -Health, Fort Myers, Fl
Group Practice: Associates In Obstetrics & Gyn

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Fernando R Betancourt, MD
(239) 936-4494
3900 Broadway Ste C
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, Fl
Group Practice: Ft Myers Women's Health Ctr

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Robert Charles Brown, MD
(941) 334-1952
2626 Shriver Dr
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1993

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Craig Richard Sweet
(239) 275-8118
12611 World Plaza Ln
Fort Myers, FL
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

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F Joseph Kelly II, MD
(205) 934-4986
2780 Cleveland Ave Ste 717
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1994

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Gilbert Draulans, MD
(239) 939-4747
5225 Clayton Ct
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kath Univ Leuven, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Leuven, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1971

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Albert R Pescitelli, MD
(239) 939-1999
33 Barkley Cir
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1986

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Craig Richard Sweet, MD
(239) 275-8118
12611 World Plaza Ln
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1985

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Katherine Warner Kent, MD
(919) 684-8111
2232 Grand Ave
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1998

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Fernando Ricardo Betancourt
(239) 936-4494
3900 Broadway
Fort Myers, FL
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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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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