Rejuvenating Fertility Center’s Medical Director Dr. Zaher Merhi on Acupuncture & Fertility
Northeast fertility clinic Rejuvenating Fertility Center (RFC) is one of the few fertility centers in the world that offers a host of natural and holistic options when it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments. Founder and medical director Dr. Zaher Merhi, a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist, is passionate about creating life by the most gentle and non-invasive methods possible.
He is also dedicated to providing his patients with the latest in cutting-edge fertility technology and has pioneered new methods of treatment such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) ovarian rejuvenation, stem cell ovarian rejuvenation, ozone sauna therapy, as well as 10 revolutionary types of IVF.
RFC is the first non-conventional fertility center serving New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Connecticut. Its patients come from all over the world to receive treatment, and there's a good reason: Dr. Merhi and his staff are willing to go above and beyond and explore every possible avenue to achieve the dream of parenthood for those struggling to get pregnant.
Dr. Merhi says that many people aren't aware of how helpful acupuncture can be for those who are attempting to achieve a successful pregnancy. "We recommend acupuncture for quite a few issues that relate to fertility," he reveals. "It can be extremely helpful for those suffering from hormonal imbalance such as PCOS, endometriosis pain, poor blood supply to the uterus, as well as anxiety."
Some RFC patients who receive acupuncture also report that it helps relieve uncomfortable side effects that can be produced by fertility drugs, including nausea and bloating. "Acupuncture promotes relaxation," says Dr. Merhi. "We strongly believe in treating anxiety as a part of the fertility treatment cycle. Anxiety impedes ovulation and implantation."
Dr. Merhi typically recommends that for patients interested in acupuncture, to begin this prior to starting any kind of IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedures. "This doesn't mean that they should stop once the treatment begins," he says. "It's often very beneficial to continue acupuncture for anxiety relief during the entire treatment cycle."
What is acupuncture? For those unfamiliar, acupuncture is an ancient alternative or holistic treatment that was first recorded in China. The first documented use was about 2,000 years ago, but the treatment is believed to have begun as long ago as 4,000 years! It involves placing very thin needles at various points throughout the body. The needles are so thin that most patients report feeling little to no pain during the process. Qualified acupuncturists use disposable needles so there's almost no risk of infection, though sometimes bruising can occur at the injection sites.
"At RFC," says Dr. Merhi, "we embrace brand-new technology and what it can mean for our patients. But we also hold a deep and profound respect for ancient techniques that are still meaningful today. Acupuncture as an adjunct to fertility treatment has proved life-changing for many of our patients."
RFC is currently accepting new patient appointments.