A recent article in the print version of the Wall Street Journal noted that for many women, planned artificial reproductive technologies (ART) treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) were put on hold when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and when the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the organization that sets standards for ART practices, “advised that fertility specialists pause elective treatments to preserve scarce protective gear and put less strain on health-care providers,” it reportedly caused “a backlash among doctors and patients.” The Society reversed course and recommended that IVF patients simply be screened for coronavirus before undergoing egg retrieval due to processes that increase risk of transmission. But timing test results with egg retrieval has proven difficult, and cycles are costly, averaging around $23,000 each. In addition to all of this, IVF is fraught with ethical problems like the creation of multiple “excess” embryos that may remain unused, the selection of the “best” embryos and destruction of others, and more.
But a free virtual summit happening May 25-27 hopes to help women and provide an alternative to IVF and other fertility treatments. Cycle Power Summit founder Anna Saucier told PR Newswire that the idea for the Unexplained Infertility Summit, came about very recently. “I kept thinking about those women whose fertility treatments have been canceled during this global pandemic shutdown… how devastating that must feel… and how so many of those women don’t even know that there are other options besides the IUI/IVF path,” Saucier said. “Options that are more effective, less expensive, much less invasive, and actually offer real answers.”
Roughly one in three couples who seek medical help for infertility are lumped into a catch-all “non-answer” category: “unexplained infertility.” According to the summit’s website, up to 80% of women experiencing infertility without any recognizable reason “can conceive naturally.” Women are encouraged to join the conference featuring more than 20 “doctors, researchers, and women’s healthcare experts,” to “learn about restorative options to conceive naturally, and avoid invasive, expensive procedures like IUI and IVF.”
Summit presenters will cover “the effective, non-invasive medical approach to finding root causes of infertility, the truth about AMH and how you can still get pregnant with very low numbers, how to evaluate actual effectiveness rates of IVF compared to a restorative approach, the role of progesterone and how to advocate for meaningful testing, how to turn back the clock and improve egg quality in just a few cycles, plus support for cycle charting, lifestyle changes, stress relief, navigating the emotional roller coaster, and more.”
Talk titles will include “Former IVF Doctor Shares an Inside Look,” “The NaProTECHNOLOGY Approach to Unexplained Infertility,” “Cycle Charting: Your Powerful Diagnostic Map,” “The Importance of Progesterone,” “When and How to Supplement Testosterone for Male Health & Fertility,” and more.
All talks are available for free from May 25-27 for those who register here.
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