Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Lee Hullender Rubin

Workshop title

Help me get pregnant: supporting IVF patients with acupuncture

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Workshop description

In the UK, one in seven couples struggles to conceive. To build a family, they may pursue assisted reproductive treatments like in vitro fertilisation. However, the impact of these treatments can significantly burden patients with increased stress, decreased resilience, and ultimately cause them to stop treatment altogether. In this talk, we will learn how acupuncture supports fertility patients to reduce stress, improve resilience, and provide pragmatic treatment approaches to help them achieve their goal: healthy parents having a healthy baby. We will also review the latest research evidence and propose evidence-based talking points for you to use in your communications with specialists, patients, and other referral sources.

Speaker biography

Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM MS LAc FABORM is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine, clinical researcher and international academic lecturer. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr Hullender Rubin graduated with her master’s degree from Bastyr University (2001) and completed training in residence at the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University (2001). She completed her clinical doctorate (2009) and postdoctoral research fellowship (2012) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She also completed a postdoctoral clinical research certificate from the Oregon Health and Science University (2013).

With a special interest in fertility and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), Lee managed an acupuncture programme for more than five years at a conventional IVF clinic. In addition to her clinical work, she is also a researcher looking at acupuncture and Chinese medicine’s impact on female fertility and IVF birth outcomes, and acupuncture’s effect on vulvodynia pain. She has authored several papers and was invited to present her research at UCSF, Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, as well as research congresses for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, and others.

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