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Fertility Wellness Program

We understand that infertility can be a stressful journey. The wellness programs at the NYU Langone 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 before ovulation, but the effects can continue throughout your cycle.

We offer acupuncture, yoga, psychological services, nutrition, and mind–body classes.


Acupuncturists Lara Rosenthal and Sara Frohlich 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 Treatment

A patient receives acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture may be safely used before and in conjunction with fertility medications and procedures such as in vitro fertilization (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 can help you relax, stretch, and strengthen your body. It is safe to practice anytime during your fertility treatment. Restorative yoga classes are held offsite at Amsterdam Avenue and West 75th Street. For more information, please 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 receiving treatment.

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

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 R. Schiffman or 212-263-0060 for Dr. Shelley S. 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 bridget.murphy@nyulangone.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 helen@helenadrienne.com.