Diminished Ovarian Reserve

Reduced egg supply, and or difficulty in egg development or recruitment, generally a sign of advanced maternal age. This condition is synonymous with premature ovarian failure, although this patient population is most often of younger maternal age.

Generally determined by high follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels, a low antral follicle count (AFC), and changes in a woman's menstrual cycle.

Both Chinese and naturopathic medicine treat diminished ovarian reserve, generally with acupuncture, herbal therapy, supplements and vitamins, lifestyle counsel, current accepted fertility diet recommendations, and self massage techniques. When committed to fully, 3-12 months (depending on presentation of condition) of an individualized treatment plan deeply nourishes a woman's reproductive essence and optimizes her chances of conceiving with her own eggs either naturally of via IVF.

With this diagnosis, coupled with advanced maternal age, many women pause at the thought of waiting 3-12 months to attempt another IVF cycle. This is understandable. But, if these months are spent wisely, a 'turning back of the biological clock' effect takes place and moves the woman into a better circumstance as far as her reproductive potential is concerned.

That said, whatever a woman's choice may be as far as treatment options and protocols, the IVF Acupuncture Group doctors fully support that choice and will treat to the best of their abilities to optimize the given scenario.