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.
Acupuncturists Lara Rosenthal, Sara Frohlich, and Belinda Anderson, PhD, 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 fertility treatment. Acupuncture can be paired 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 in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination. For more information or to schedule an individual appointment, please call 212-807-6769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Restorative yoga classes are held at Amsterdam Avenue and West 75th Street. For more information, email email@example.com.
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.
If you are a patient of the Fertility Center, please call 212-263-0054 to schedule an appointment.
If you are not a patient of the Fertility Center and would like to schedule an appointment, please call 212-263-0061 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 Bridget Murphy, MS, RDN, CDN, are available by appointment. To schedule a time, please call 646-754-4902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind–Body Stress Reduction Classes
For more than 35 years, Helen Adrienne, LCSW, has taught individuals, couples, and groups how to reverse the physiology of stress. She runs a series of four psychoeducational classes for the Wellness Program, in which you will learn a large array of coping skills, including mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing techniques, and self-hypnosis, along with ways to transform negative thinking and build self-awareness. For more information, please call 212-758-0125 or email email@example.com.