IVF Roanoke Rapids NC

Local resource for infertility in Roanoke Rapids. 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.

Richard Paul Shea
(252) 535-1414
1381 Medical Center Dr
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Frank K Kwakye Berko, MD
(607) 734-8157
2066 Nc Highway 125
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1995

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DeLores C Flowers
(434) 336-1303
306 Weaver Ave
Emporia, VA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Sdhs Women's Care
(434) 336-1303
306 Weaver Ave
Emporia, VA

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Andre Felton Hall
(910) 484-3101
3601 Cape Center Drive
Fayetteville, NC
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Willie James Hilliard, MD
(252) 537-4662
525 Becker Dr
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, Nc
Group Practice: Northampton Halifax Obstetrics

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Delores Carlene Flowers, MD
(434) 336-1303
306 Weaver Ave
Emporia, VA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1986

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FitzGerald Marcelin
(434) 336-9811
137 Baker St
Emporia, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pediatric Internist

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Advanced Reproductive Concepts
(704) 947-9000
9800 West Kincey Avenue - Suite 160
Huntersville, NC
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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John Wesley Weeks, MD
(704) 864-8865
1050 X Ray Dr
Gastonia, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1965

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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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