IVF Winona MN

Local resource for infertility in Winona. 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.

Scott B Birdsall
(507) 454-3680
859 Mankato Ave
Winona, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Troy J Shelton
(507) 454-3680
859 Mankato Avenue
Winona, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Assc - Minn
(651) 222-6050
2101 Woodwinds Drive, Suite 100
Woodbury, MN
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Clarice R Decker
(763) 712-6000
530 3rd St Nw
Elk River, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Larissa Lynn Nelson, MD
1515 Saint Francis Ave
Shakopee, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1999

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Scott Barton Birdsall, MD
(507) 454-3680
420 E Sarnia St
Winona, MN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Winona Community Memorial Hosp, Winona, Mn
Group Practice: Winona Clinic Ltd

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Center for Reproductive Medicine - Minnesota
(612) 863-5390
2828 Chicago Ave, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Midwest Center for Reproductive Health
(763) 494-7700
12000 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Suite 350
Maple Grove, MN
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Sarah Beth Schoel
(763) 236-9236
3960 Coon Rapids Blvd Nw
Coon Rapids, MN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Guillermo Chang
(651) 241-7733
347 Smith Ave N
Saint Paul, MN
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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