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Q- Are Dr. Bastos’  traditional Chinese and Naturopathic treatments proven effective?
A – Yes! Our Clinic actively keeps statistics on our fertility couples and our statistics prove we are successful.  Our most recent statistics were taken from January 2013 and earlier and hear is what we found:

  1. Our couples have been trying for an average of  just under 2 years to conceive before seeking our help
  2. 93% pregnancy rates in our couples that used our full treatment protocol and it took them an average of 2.6 months to achieve pregnancy.

Q – What Fertility Problems Can You Treat?
A – Acupuncture and other Naturopathic treatments can help most explained and unexplained infertility. Some common conditions treated include:

  • Autoimmune conditions (hi ANA, Lupus, Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome, Graves disease ect.)
  • Hi FSH (poor egg quality)
  • Reduced follicle numbers
  • History of poor response to any fertility treatment and drugs
  • PCOS/Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • High Prolactin
  • High Testosterone
  • Low DHEA, Hypoadrenalism
  • Endometriosis
  • Diabetes
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Male factor infertility including all sperm issues
  • Reoccurring miscarriage
  • Blocked fallopian tube
  • Single fallopian tube

Q – How long will the treatments take and when are you available?
A -The initial consultation to gather your history is up to 1.5 hours but acupuncture treatments are 30minutes. If you decide not to use acupuncture as part of your treatment protocol then I may only see each other every 4-6 weeks and visits can be from 15minutes – 30minutes typically.

Because I have many patients from out of town, I offer evening appointments and weekends whenever possible and am flexible to offer out of hours appointments for emergencies or treatment specially timed around fertility procedures.

Q- What If I Want to Get Pregnant and I Don’t Know if I Have Any Problems Yet?
A – Being proactive is a great idea, especially with advancing age or over 30 years of age. I see many couples that assumed they would not have difficulty trying to get pregnant, and then waited years to seek help when unsuccessful moving them into the advanced age category.  Over 30 years old their are more risks for the pregnancy and it makes conception even harder.

Fertility can always be enhanced which will decrease the time it takes to get pregnant, increase chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby, decrease miscarriage risk, improve ease of labour, and decrease infections.

Q – Can I start trying to get pregnant from day 1 of seeing you?
A – I advise 3 months using protection while we strengthen and regulate the body. Although this recommendation is case specific and not necessary to be eligible for treatment.

This is to be sure the body is ready to hold a pregnancy as the maximum effect of treatment is reached around the 1-3 month mark. I see many patients getting pregnant after only a 2-4 weeks of treatments even after trying unsuccessfully for years and this small length of treatment time doesn’t allow the body time to be strong enough to reduce miscarriage risk.

Thankfully, patients report feeling better overall in their health even before the goal of pregnancy occurs which can make the treatments even more worth while and improve optimism.  But also keeping in mind that the decision is left up to the couple and treatment will not be refused if a couple chooses to actively try to conceive even before 3 months of treatment.

Q – What Would Be the Benefit to Using Protection in the First Few Months on Treatment? I Want to Get Pregnant Now!
A – This time when you are using protection allows me to be more aggressive in cleansing and regulating your system with treatments that may be contraindicated in pregnancy, as I must assume you are pregnant once you have ovulated when you are not using protection. Allowing the body more time to cleanse and re-balance means less toxicity passes to baby, less chance of miscarriage and a healthier pregnancy and recovery for mom and baby.