Laser Baby Program for Fertility FAQ

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 I want to share with you the most common questions we have received since officially launching the Laser Baby Program in June.   These are the top 7 FAQ.  I will be sure to update the FAQ list on the Laser Baby Program page with more questions in the future.   So please check there for more details and to see if more have been added.

 

1.) Am I eligible if I cannot do the 3 months or the frequency of 3 laser sessions/week?

You can receive laser acupuncture for fertility regardless if you are in the Program at Acubalance. There are two differences from the Laser Baby Program and booking a la carte.

Firstly, only the Laser Baby Program has the discount. Both ways you pay $130 as you go. The difference is that if you are in the Laser Baby Program the last 6 visits (in the third month) are free. That is a savings of 6 X $130 = $780 

No one is doing this for the discount. They want a healthy baby. So if you cannot come for 3 months or at the frequency of the Laser Baby Program we recommend you book in and pay as you go.

And secondly, the Laser Baby Program entitles you to one visit a week with your Acubalance practitioner case manager and the remainder treatments are in the Acubalance Studio where we treat community style. 1-3 women at a time.  If you prefer more than once a week with your acubalance case manager in the main clinic then we can accommodate you but you would not be eligible for the discount.  Discount is only available to those who receive once a week sessions in the main clinic and the remainder during the week in the Acubalance studio.

 

2.) What if I am doing an IVF cycle?

If you are doing an IVF cycle then we suggest laser 3/week during your stim phase leading up to your retrieval... And then laser acupuncture immediately before and after your embryo transfer to support uterine receptivity and implantation.

 

3.) What do you recommend after the 3 month program is completed

Continue to follow our approach for improving egg quality which includes the fertility diet, lifestyle, stress reduction, acupuncture, herbs, supplements and cold laser (LLLT) treatments.   This is still the  pre-conception period but it is more maintenance and not as intense as the Laser program.  Instead of 3 times a week we recommend once a week if you are under 39 and continue twice a week if 39 or older ot have been diagnosed with poor egg/embryo quality and low ovarian reserve.

If you do an IVF or medicated cycle after the Laser Baby Program then receive combined laser and acupuncture 3 times a week during the stimulation phase (from your bleed to IUI or egg retrieval.  If you are doing a FET then 2/ week until transfer. 

If you are TTC naturally then 2/week in follicular and 1/week in luteal would be good maintenance.  Based on your age and reproductive history (and diagnosis) we may recommend less or more.

4.) Are you still accepting women into your Laser Baby Program?

Yes, every month we can accept up to 15 new women into the program. We are limited by laser systems and docs availability. So please contact us (e: clinic@acubalance.ca or p: 604-678-8600) if you want to join in for our next group 3 month Laser Baby Program.

If you cannot commit to 3 months or the frequency of the Laser Baby Program you can still book at laser for fertility treatments at Acubalance. You are just not eligible for the program discount.

 

5) What if I am needle phobic?

If you are needle phobic then you receive just laser acupuncture and no needles.  The fee is $100 per session and the discount at the end of the 3 months would be $600 (6X$100) instead of $780 (6X$130)

 

6.)  The program requires 6 sessions during the first half of my cycle.  Three each week for the first two weeks?  Can I come consecutive days or do I need to have day breaks between laser acupuncture sessions?  Can I come 5 in one week and once the following week to have my total of 6 sessions during the first half of my cycle?

Yes.  Consecutive days in a row are actually encouraged.  The key is 6 sessions in the first half of your cycle.  You can choose  any combination over the two weeks to reach 6 sessions.

 

7.) How can the cold laser help with my fertility?

The mechanism of low level laser therapy (LLLT/cold) for fertility is as follows:

  1. Enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production
  2. Increase blood flow
  3. Regulate inflammation and to help reduce oxidative damage
  4. Softening of scar tissue

Until recently, Western reproductive medicine has traditionally maintained that ageing and declining egg quality is an irreversible process. However, ground-breaking research with low level light therapy conducted in Denmark and Japan is showing that it may be possible to improve egg quality, slow down the ageing process and significantly improve fertility in women and men. The studies show that low level laser therapy (LLLT) used on acupuncture points on the neck and over the ovaries appears to enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production, increase blood flow and helps to reduce oxidative damage.

We see enormous potential in this research for women who are struggling to conceive—particularly those who are of advanced maternal age, diagnosed with poor egg quality or have been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS.

All our cells are powered by little structures called mitochondria. Eggs have about 200 times more mitochondria than any other cell. When eggs are developing, they use a tremendous amount of energy. And early embryo division and implantation requires lots of energy. After 35 years, the mitochondria wear down. At age 40, nine out of 10 eggs are abnormal.

Studies show that the mitochondria of older eggs is capable of producing significantly less ATP, which is the source of cellular energy. This has a significant impact on fertility, as the rate of division and successful implantation of embryos has more to do with how much energy (ATP) than with maternal age per se. Consequentially, the capacity of the cold laser to improve the ATP production of eggs has a potentially dramatic effect on their viability. 

Furthermore, it is known that older follicles have fewer defenses against cellular damage caused by oxidative stress, and that this is related to poorer IVF outcomes. Studies suggest that LLLT treatment could also help with this condition, along with other complications, which impede fertility later in life.

Increasing energy level (ATP) in the cells, improved blood circulation, softening of scar tissue and a reduction in inflammation.  These factors are all beneficial to female reproduction in general and to the receptivity of uterine lining.

The recent studies in Japan and clinical results in Denmark have delivered very promising results in this direction. The Danish report showed that LLLT had a pregnancy rate of 66% success for women after at least 4 years of failure with other ART methods. LLLT studies have also pointed to the efficacy of laser treatment in raising the quality of the male partner’s semen in particular motility.

 
Similarly, the Japanese studies have shown a connection between improved fertility and laser therapy, concluding that even in low doses, laser therapy can help improve the woman’s chances of conception. Under the direction of Dr Toshio Ohshiro at Sanno Hospital, an extended trial on LLLT was performed in 701 infertile patients, 156 (22.3%) of whom became pregnant.   This resulted in a successful live birth rate in over half (50.1%) of those pregnancies.

 

If you have questions and want to find out if laser and Fertility acupuncture is a good fit for you then please contact us at Acubalance at 604-678-8600 or clinic@acubalance.ca

 

Lorne Brown  B.Sc., CPA, Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt
Acubalance founder and clinical director