Yelena Katsen has an extensive training and a substantial clinical
experience in treating gynecological disorders and infertility. Yelena received
advanced gynecology certifications studying with the masters in the field such
as Mike Berkley and Daniel Camburn. She is very experienced in Miscarriage
Prevention treatments, PCOS and Endometriosis treatments, Infertility and Labor
Induction using acupuncture and custom-made herbal formulas.
Chinese Herbs are well known for improving fertility for both women and men. In
fact, more and more scientific studies are being conducted, proving acupuncture effectiveness. Yelena
Katsen is skilled at determining each individual patient’s needs, and creating unique
treatments to balance the body, correct underlying pathologies, prepare the
body for healthy conception and enhance fertility.
Below are common conditions which can cause infertility:
Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain. It can
seriously affect a woman’s ability to conceive and can also cause
uncomfortable, heavy or irregular periods. Sometimes there are no symptoms
associated with endometriosis and it is only discovered when a woman seeks
treatment for infertility. We use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese
herbs aimed at improving blood circulation, clearing inflammation, relieving
pain and treating the patient’s underlying condition associated with their
endometriosis. Patients with this condition may also benefit from making
specific dietary changes to quicken their healing.
OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)
PCOS is becoming
an increasingly prevalent cause of infertility. Women with PCOS are not
ovulating and many do not have periods or have irregular cycles. Acupuncture
and Chinese herbs are very effective at stimulating ovulation and regulating
DECREASED OVARIAN RESERVE
women age, the ovarian reserve (or the capacity of the ovary to produce viable
eggs) naturally decreases. In some women, this happens prematurely, and in
other women, the right time to attempt to conceive has come later in life and
so a decrease in reserve can pose a problem with fertility. In both cases, recent
studies are showing that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help these women
achieve a pregnancy.
ELEVATED FSHAs women approach menopause, the hormones regulating the menstrual
cycle begin to change. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone released
from the pituitary that tells the ovaries to start preparing an egg to ovulate
each cycle. It can become elevated as we age and higher levels are
associated with decreased fertility. FSH levels fluctuate each cycle and can
respond very well to treatments with acupuncture and Chinese
medicine. Most fertility clinics require FSH to be within a certain range
in order to proceed with an IVF, so regulating this hormone can be very
important for fertility and the success of treatments like IVF.
Chinese medicine has been shown in studies to help regulate the
immune system. In cases of autoimmune disorders and immunological fertility
factors, acupuncture and specific Chinese herbs, often in combination with
dietary and lifestyle changes, can help calm an overactive immune system,
promoting a term pregnancy.
Many women experience periods that come irregularly each month,
which can make trying to conceive difficult. Irregular menses can be due
to an imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the month. Acupuncture
and Chinese herbs are wonderful for balancing the hormones and encouraging a
more predictable ovulation, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle.
LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT
When the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the phase after
ovulation until the menses or a pregnancy is achieved) is shorter than ten
days, it is diagnosed as luteal phase defect. Women with this condition often
experience difficulty conceiving and may have low levels of the hormone
progesterone. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help support the ovarian
function, improve progesterone levels and lengthen the luteal phase.
Ovarian cysts can cause pelvic pain and interfere with a women’s
ability to conceive. They can be naturally occurring or as a side effect
of some fertility treatments. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help resolve
The modern diet
and stress-filled lifestyles we often lead can wreck havoc on our hormones in
multiple ways. Stress hormones communicate can lead to a cascade of signaling
in our bodies, causing blood to divert away from organs like the digestive and
reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to
remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in
the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has
been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and in conjunction
with Chinese herbs can work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.
are benign growths in the uterus and are often are associated with heavy
periods, cramping, bleeding or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling,
and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability
to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective as treatment for
fibroids or as adjunctive treatment with Western medical interventions when
fibroids are advanced in size.
A diagnosis of
unexplained infertility can be one of the most difficult to receive. One of the
many strengths of Chinese medicine is the emphasis on the menstrual cycle
health and its ability to make subtle changes to the cycle that can improve
fertility, even when no issues can be found with medical testing.
MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY
Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to
conceive. Fertility acupuncture has been shown in recent studies to help
improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some
immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with
conception. Treatments that affect sperm quality in both Chinese medicine and
Western medicine can take a minimum of 3-4 months, so it’s best to start as
soon as possible.