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Finding the right infertility treatment is already difficult for many of the seven million US women and their partners diagnosed with infertility. Today's tough economy can make that task even more challenging.

Belinda Wurn, PT, uses her non-surgical infertility treatment, which has shown success in several medical journals


Infertility treatments are not covered by insurance in most states, leaving many patients overwhelmed with the high costs of medical treatment, surgery, and fertility drugs. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) shows the average price of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is $12,400 per attempt. With a national IVF pregnancy rate of around 30%, several attempts may be required, increasing costs further.

"Several IVF clinics are starting to offer lower cost alternatives, such as a guarantee of success within three attempts or some refund," said Richard King, MD., a co-author of the upcoming book, Miracle Moms, Better Sex, Less Pain. "Be sure to ask if the program reimburses for fertility medications, which can cost several thousand dollars per cycle."

Whether daunted by the high costs, health concerns about surgery or fertility drugs, or by religious beliefs, some couples turn to alternative therapies. "At least three alternative infertility treatments have been shown to improve fertility" according to infertility expert, physical therapist Belinda Wurn and co-author of 'Miracle Moms, Better Sex, Less Pain.'

"Acupuncture, group therapy, and a manual physical therapy (Wurn Technique®) have published peer-reviewed studies showing increased pregnancy rates," explained Dr. King. Acupuncture increased IVF pregnancy rates when performed 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer, according to a German study published in 'Fertility and Sterility' (2002). Acupuncture sessions generally range from $60 to $100 per session.

In another F&S study (2000), group therapy increased fertility rates. Group therapy can be a real bargain, especially since many organizations and communities offer free sessions.

The Wurn Technique®, a manual physical therapy, increased pregnancy rates for women seeking natural conception to 71%. It also increased clinical pregnancy rates for those using IVF to 67%, when used before embryo transfer, according to a study in 'Medscape General Medicine' (2004). The women in the studies averaged five years of infertility before receiving the therapy.

"The Wurn Technique appeals to many women as an infertility treatment because it does not involve drugs or surgery," Wurn said. "In addition, the treatment costs are significantly less than IVF."

Wurn developed the therapy with her husband Larry Wurn to help cure her pelvic pain 20 years ago. Wurn states, "I am thrilled that we are now able to offer an affordable infertility treatment that is effective." Studies and citations on the Wurn Technique® have been published in major medical journals including 'Fertility and Sterility,' 'Medscape General Medicine,' and 'Contemporary Ob/Gyn.'

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Amy Parker
Clear Passage Therapies