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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; August 2003

Infertility: Acupuncture can help.

   A study published in the April 2002 edition of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture increases the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) by a staggering 60 percent!
    Researchers included 160 patients undergoing IVF for the study.The patients, who were all required to have good quality embryos,were evenly and randomly divided into two groups similar in age and diagnosis.
    Many modern research studies have confirmed the benefits of acupuncture for the couples with infertility problems.
    Acupuncture helps to:
    -Regulate the menstrual cycle.
    - Invigorate sperm; enhance a man's sperm count and motility.
    - Balance the endocrine system.
    - Improve blood flow in the pelvic cavity.
    - Enhance general health.
    - Reduce stress, control anxiety, enhance sleep and increase the energy level.
    Good candidates for acupuncture and herbal medicine are people who have functional, rather than structural reasons for infertility. Infertility due to hormonal problems, immune disorders, amenorrhoea, irregular menstruation, stress and age related factors all fall into the category of functional infertility. Stress also can dramatically decrease fertility in both men and women. Acupuncture increases fertility by reducing stress.
    Fertility treatments may vary from practitioner to practitioner, but on average, an acupuncturist will see you once a week for at least three consecutive menstrual cycles (twelve weeks). Generally, acupuncturists use somewhere between five and twenty needles for treatment. Costs vary, based on geographic location and the practitioner's experience. Check with your insurance company about coverage for acupuncture.
   
   Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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   141 Airport Road, Warwick, RI 02889
   Phone (401) 738-9355
 
 
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