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Pre-IVF Therapy

Increasing IVF Success with Pre-Transfer Therapy

IVF physicians may stimulate the ovaries with medications to increase egg production. After extraction, the eggs are united with sperm and placed inside the reproductive tract.

IVF physicians may stimulate the ovaries with medications to increase egg production. After extraction, the eggs are united with sperm and placed inside the reproductive tract.

Clear Passage is a world leader with over two decades of experience improving female fertility including treatment prior to IVF embryo transfer. As early as 2004, a study in WebMD’s Medscape General Medicine, the largest medical journal in the world at the time, indicated that our therapy increased IVF results. Some of our highest pregnancy rates were in women between 35 and 45 years of age, who came to us after several failed IVF cycles. A research gynecologist and WebMD editors encouraged us to document more cases – enough to create statistical measurement s of success. In 2015, we collected this data and published those results in a 10-year study of 1392 infertile women. (Rice et al., 2015a)

The results of that study were eye-openers. We increased IVF success rates to 56% – with very encouraging results in older women. For example, women over 42 were eight times as likely to become pregnant with IVF if they received Clear Passage therapy before embryo transfer (p<.0001). You can read exact statistics grouped by age below, or at our Success Rates page. We encourage you to complete our online Request Consultation form to schedule a free phone consultation with an expert therapist.

pregnancy rates for pre-ivf therapy program

Pre-IVF Therapy Overview

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a remarkable and complex process in which sperm and egg are united outside the body and implanted into a woman’s reproductive tract. While success rates of IVF have steadily increased since the first successful transfer in 1978, IVF success rates remain around 37% per transfer, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (CDC et al., 2012) Our early clinical trials were encouraging; our manual therapy, the Clear Passage Approach® increased IVF success rates to 67% when used prior to IVF transfer in 33 women. (Wurn et al., 2004a) We also noted that the women who had not become pregnant in two or more prior IVF attempts (without our therapy) achieved a 71% pregnancy rate and 57% live birth rate with their first IVF after receiving our therapy. (Wurn et al., 2004a)

In the larger, landmark 10-year study of over 1,000 infertile women treated at Clear Passage for various types of infertility, the overall IVF pregnancy rate was 56% (82/146) (Rice et al., 2015a) for women who had Clear Passage therapy before IVF transfer, compared to the 37% pregnancy rate — the U.S. national average during our 10-year study, per the the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), for women who had not had our therapy first.

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Double Success Story Pre IVF Treatment

Treatment for Pre-IVF Therapy (Wurn Technique)

Our therapy appears to assist IVF transfer in several ways — some documented, some assumed.

Documented improvements:

  • improved hormone levels
  • decreased adhesions in the reproductive tract
  • improved cervical mobility and ease of transfer

Assumed actions:

  • improved implantation by decreasing uterine spasm
  • increased blood flow to the ovaries, uterus and possibly pituitary
  • improved implantation by decreasing microadhesions on and within the uterine wall

As we go through life, all people develop adhesions (internal scars) as our bodies heal from life events. The female reproductive tract is subject to infection, inflammation, trauma and surgery. When bacteria or items enter the vagina from the outside world, the delicate internal tissues can become subjected to microtrauma. Many women also have a contributing history of infection (bladder, yeast, vaginal, etc.) or more serious trauma (falls onto buttock, accidents, abuse). The body lays down collagen fibers – the building blocks of adhesions, as the first step in healing from any of these events. After the body has healed, the collagen remains, binding tissues that should move freely. Clear Passage therapists are experts at deforming and detaching these fibers, returning the body to an earlier state of mobility and function. In doing this, it returns fertility to many women.

In summary, our site-specific hands-on therapy appears to decrease spasm and mechanical factors (such as adhesions) at the uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes. Statistical data shows that the therapy increases implantation rates and improves FSH levels. Two separate scientific studies showed clinical pregnancy rates significantly higher than the U.S. pregnancy rates for IVF, for women who received Wurn Technique therapy before embryo transfer. Please see our success rates page for the most current data.

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Surgeries may add to the problem since adhesions form as the first step in the healing process, forming at site of the procedure and often spreading into nearby structures. Adhesions can form on the outer or inner walls of the uterus, creating a less hospitable surface for implantation. Adhesions can also cause spasm or inflammation in the uterus, further complicating or preventing pregnancy.

One focus of Clear Passage therapy is to decrease tiny adhesive cross-links at the cervix and uterus – to decrease spasm and create a more hospitable surface for implantation.

One focus of Clear Passage therapy is to decrease tiny adhesive cross-links at the cervix and uterus – to decrease spasm and create a more hospitable surface for implantation.

Adhesions from endometriosis, inflammation, infection or surgery can form on or within any of the reproductive structures. When they do, they act like glue, decreasing that organ’s ability to function properly.

Adhesions deep within the cervix can cause tightness at the opening of the uterus. These tiny adhesions can constrict the cervix, making sperm transfer (whether through intercourse, IUI or IVF) more difficult. Any adhesive pull of the cervix from its normal midline position can cause spasm into the uterus, decreasing the chance for good uterine implantation, and a successful pregnancy. Cervical adhesions can create a pull on the uterus with every step a woman takes, causing further spasm and uterine adhesions.

Some women have been diagnosed by their physician with cervical stenosis (narrowing) or fibrosis (stiffness) evidenced by palpation and by difficult IVF transfers. We have found that these conditions are caused by tiny adhesions attaching to muscle cells, within the body of the cervix. When we treat the area, we find that positive changes are generally palpable to us and to the patient’s physician. IVF transfer then becomes easier and implantation rates appear to increase significantly, per published studies.

Click here to see photos of Clear Passage ‘miracle babies’ provided by previous patients.

Does Your History Include Any of These?

Adhesions form whenever and wherever the body heals. Because they are composed of microscopic collagen fibers, and often can’t be seen by diagnostic tests (MRI, CT, X-ray), these tiny but powerful fibers are often undetectable. Once formed, they can act like straight-jackets, binding structures that need to move freely, in order to function correctly.

Adhesions from endometriosis, inflammation, infection or surgery can form on or within any of the reproductive structures. When they do, they act like glue, decreasing that organ’s ability to function properly.

Shown effective in peer reviewed medical journals, our therapy is 100% hands-on, without surgery or medications.

Shown effective in peer reviewed medical journals, our therapy is 100% hands-on, without surgery or medications.

Surgeries may add to the problem since adhesions form as the first step in the healing process, first forming at site of the procedure and sometimes spreading into nearby structures. Adhesions can form within of on the walls of the uterus, creating a less hospitable surface for implantation. Adhesions can also cause spasm or inflammation in the uterus, complicating or preventing pregnancy, or contributing to a miscarriage.

Adhesions deep within the cervix can cause tightness at the opening of the uterus. These tiny adhesions can constrict the cervix, making sperm transfer (whether through intercourse, IUI or IVF) more difficult. Any adhesive pull of the cervix from its normal midline position can cause spasm into the uterus, decreasing the chance for good uterine implantation, and a successful pregnancy. Adhesions that pull the cervix out of easy, midline alignment can create a pull on the cervix and uterus with every step a woman takes, causing further spasm and uterine adhesions.

Some women have been diagnosed by their physician with cervical stenosis (narrowing) or fibrosis (stiffness) evidenced by palpation and by difficult IVF transfers. We have found that these conditions are caused by tiny adhesions attaching to muscle cells, within the body of the cervix. When we treat the area, we note that positive changes are generally palpable to us and to the patient’s physician. IVF transfer then becomes easier and pregnancy rates increase significantly, per published studies.

Cycle Timing

Therapy consists of a 20-hour program completed in as little as five days for out-of-town patients or spread over several weeks for local patients. For best results, you should receive therapy within 15 months before your IVF transfer. We can treat you up to two weeks before you begin ovarian stimulation (the start of your follicle stimulating medication) or up to two weeks before transfer for an un-stimulated cycle.

Considering the remarkable advantage our study participants had over IVF patients who did not receive therapy first, you may want to postpone a planned IVF cycle for a month or two to attend therapy first. Since the positive effects of therapy on IVF transfer appear to last for over a year, you do not need to receive IVF transfer immediately after therapy. Published data indicates you should attend our therapy between one and 15 months prior to your IVF transfer. (Wurn et al., 2004a)

 

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