Fertility Wellness Program

We understand that infertility can be a stressful journey. The wellness programs at NYU Langone’s Fertility Center can help reduce your overall stress, bring your body to optimum health, and prepare it for pregnancy.

There is some evidence that complementary treatments are most likely to benefit fertility when started prior to ovulation, but the effects can continue throughout your cycle. 

We offer acupuncture, yoga, psychological services, nutrition, and mind-body classes. View the schedule of activities on our Wellness Calendar.

Acupuncture

At the Fertility Center, our acupuncturists believe that peak fertility occurs with peak vitality. Acupuncture aims to calm the nervous system and improve blood flow to the pelvic region. It may improve pregnancy rates when used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Our acupuncturists pair treatments with Chinese herbs, lifestyle, and nutritional guidance to boost your overall health and maximize your fertility. 

Acupuncture may be safely used prior to and in conjunction with fertility medications and procedures such as IVF and intrauterine insemination. To schedule an individual appointment with one of our acupuncturists, please call 212-807-6769 or email info@lararosenthal.com

Yoga

Yoga can help you relax, stretch, and strengthen your body. It is safe to practice anytime during your fertility treatment. Our yoga program is based on Hatha yoga and focuses on deep relaxation, guided visualization, and deep breathing. 

Classes are held in the fifth floor lobby of the Fertility Center. You may bring your own mat or borrow one of ours. Space is limited and we ask that you register in advance by contacting Tracy Toon-Spencer at 917-520-5596 or tracy@fertileguide.com

Classes are also held offsite at World Yoga Center at 265 West 72nd Street, second floor. For more information, please call 917-520-5596 or email tracy@fertileguide.com. Restorative yoga classes are held at Amsterdam Avenue and West 75th Street. For more information, email barrieraffel@earthlink.net

Psychological Services

Dealing with your emotions is an important part of your IVF treatment, and our specialists at the Fertility Center want you to feel supported as you embark upon your treatment journey.

Psychotherapy for individuals and couples dealing with anxiety, depression, and the emotional impact of grief and loss is available through the Fertility Center. We help you develop coping skills and strategies to handle the ups and downs of infertility treatment. We also teach work-life balance skills and stress management tools. Couples can benefit from talking through the conflicts and anxiety that can occur while undergoing treatment. 

We also provide the required psychological screenings for couples opting for donor eggs, donor sperm, and surrogacy

To schedule an appointment, please call 212-263-0054 for Dr. Mindy Schiffman, or 212-263-0060 for Dr. Shelley Lee.

Nutrition for Fertility

Because the food you eat can have an impact on your reproductive health, we offer one-on-one nutritional counseling. During your initial consultation, our registered dietitian can assess your medical history, current diet, and infertility treatment plan. She reviews your food log and creates an individualized food plan geared toward helping you achieve your health and wellness goals. 

Appointments with Kim Ross, MS, RD, CDN, are available Fridays at the Fertility Center or by appointment at her private office. To schedule a time, please call 917-653-6824 or email info@kimrossnutrition.com

Guided Imagery  

Join a support group run by Helen Adrienne, LCSW, author of On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility. For 30 years, Ms. Adrienne has used guided imagery to work with couples dealing with infertility issues. Her four-class support group series explains the impact of stress on the body as well as how to manage stress, end negative thinking, and understand your own emotions. For more information, please call 212-758-0125.