For many, the desire to have a child is an exciting time in their lives. Unfortunately, some individuals and couples will experience difficulty in fulfilling their hopes and dreams. A large number of our past patients who used IVF to get pregnant and did not have the postive outcome have found that our treatment approach helped them achieve their goal. 

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), our doctors are highly trained as well as highly qualified in their fields and have earned a strong reputation for helping individuals and couples start their family. Acupuncture, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and nutritional supplements have proven to be effective in improving fertility and increasing the success of IVF/IUI pregnancies. The reason we have helped many individuals and couples is that we integrate clinical studies to help you start achieving your dreams of having a child. 

Your treatment program is designed for both male, and female fertility disorders as well as for recurrent pregnancy loss. Our approach is patient-focused. We focus our treatments on not only your fertility challenges but also based on clinical and scientific evidence by customizing treatment and helping implement positive lifestyle adjustments to help you achieve your dreams.

While this may seem complex (which it is) and hopeless (which it is not), there are many treatment options that can help women who are struggling with fertility. If you are struggling with fertility, consider approaching your fertility with an integrative approach as both systems combined can help improve your chances of becoming pregnant.

Below are sections offering information for some of the common reasons for fertility challenges we help overcome. 

Unexplained Infertility

Unexplained infertility is unfortunately common for a lot of individuals and couples, affecting between 10-20% of couples.

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Medically this is referred to as idiopathic infertility, which is a way to say that your lab tests look good with you and your partner, but the doctors are not able to figure out why fertility remains a challenge.

Unexplained infertility is unfortunately standard for a lot of individuals and couples, affecting between 10-20% of couples.

Medically this is referred to as idiopathic infertility, which is a way to say that based everything looks good with you and your partner, but the doctors are not able to figure out why fertility remains a challenge.

In these cases, we look closely not only at lab results as hormone balancing involves ensuring your hormone ratios are within the optimal functional range but also we look at your gynecological history: menstrual history, cervical mucus, history of yeast infections, stress levels, diet, age, and lifestyle.

A large part of our practice involves patients who have tried traditional fertility treatments without the positive outcome they were hoping.

Our approach is to focus on you and your partner's health in providing a comprehensive approach that helps support not only your hormones but also provides support to your entire reproductive process (healthy sperm and eggs).


Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

There are many factors that can contribute to a miscarriage to occur, one of the major one is age, underlying gynecological and hormonal imbalances.

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Women over the age of 45 years are at eight-times the higher risk of miscarriage compared to women who are 20-24 years old.Below are risk factors that may increase the risk of miscarriage:

Endometriosis & polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS).

Underdiagnosed and often missed by clinicians
Hormonal disorders (diabetes and thyroid dysfunction).
Insufficient progesterone.
Medications, nutritional supplements and environmental toxins.
Celiac disease (women with celiac disease tend to have a higher risk of miscarriages).

There is growing evidence that a majority of late miscarriage are due to infections involving the lower genital tract.

Vaginal infections such as chronic yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis have been suggested to be a possible cause of late miscarriages. Treating vaginal infections may reduce the risk of miscarriage especially in women with a history of preterm delivery.


Ovulation Disorder

Forunately for most cases of ovulation disorders they are easily treatable with a high degree of success. Our treatments focus on helping the body naturally induce ovulation and most women taking our treatment plans often start to have ovuation within three to four months. 

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Ovulation disorders can affect 1 in 4 couples and are perhaps the most common reason why couples have trouble achieving their goals.

There are many reasons for ovulation disorders as well as different levels of severity.

With ovulation, the female body needs to work in sync through a series of events to release eggs.

This first step occurs when your body sends out a signal from the brain (hypothalamus), to start the ovulation cycle. If your hypothalamus is not functioning properly, it can result in the absence of menstrual periods as well as a lack of ovulation. The most common reason for hypothalamic dysfunction is stress levels.

Another area where ovulation can be impacted is women who are underweight, low body fat and eating disorders as your body requires a certain percentage of body fat to help support the release of hormones and brain function.

Some females may have experience premature ovarian failure or poor ovarian reserve which ends the production of eggs.

While this can be difficult to treat, Dr. Vijay Nielsen has had successful outcomes by providing aggressive treatments.

Perhaps the most common reason for ovulation disorder is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS, which is a condition that can cause irregular cycles and occasional absence of ovulation and menses, including some suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) or Syndrome (PCOS).

Once ovulation has been restored and should the women not become pregnant within six months, it is time to explore other potential causes of infertility.


Egg Health

Having healthy eggs (ovum) is essential in having a successful pregnancy.

If you are over 35 years and are preparing for conception it is expically important to support the health of your eggs (ovum). 

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Having healthy egg production can be done through supporting an protecting your reproductive system.

Here are some helpful ways to help support your egg health:

Ensure hormonal balance

Eat well!
There are a lot of great foods to eat that may help improve fertility. If you are trying to conceive naturally add and increase the following foods:
Berries - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries: antioxidants
Increase vegetables and fruit intake: antioxidants
Broccoli: helps balance out estrogen
Pumpkin Seeds: rich source of zinc, iron, omega 3
Walnuts: great source of omega 3
Spinach: iron, folate, zinc & antioxidants
Lentils: folate

Try to avoid the following for your diet as best as you can:
Reduce trans fats
Reduce sugar intake
Reduce soda/pop intake
Stop the intake of alcohol

Lifestyle changes to help improve your overall health:
Exercise daily
Reduce stress: mindfulness meditation is great
Get enough sleep: 7-9 hours daily
Stop smoking

If you have done all the above steps and find that your egg health is still affected we can help!



Endometriosis is not a life sentence of fertility difficulties. Several studies have found that 21 to 44 percent of women may have problems in achieving pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many traditional and integrative approach that can help women become pregnancy.

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It has been well-established that endometriosis and infertility are interconnected. The causes are most likely multifactorial as well as a complex interplay of hormones, inflammation, genetics and environmental causes.

Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent inflammatory disease, resutling in the growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus as well as the pelvic cavity and in some cases may even cause the growth of endometrial tissue in the upper abdomen and lungs.

Below is a summary of the current evidence and proposed mechanisms regarding how endometriosis adversely impacts fertility.

Three Main Factors That May Impact Fertility: Hormones, inflammation and embryo transport/transplant.
Estrogen: women with endometriosis typically have higher estrogen levels than progesterone.

The increase in estrogen causes progesterone to be suppressed leading to a hormonal imbalance that may impact fertility.
Increased estrogen also helps increase inflammation, which may also affect fertility.

Increased estrogen helps provide support to the growth of endometrial tissue further affecting the pelvic cavity and impacting fertility.

Progesterone: women with endometriosis typically have lower progesterone levels.

This is called progesterone resistance, which is well documented to play a role in implantation failure.

Progesterone is needed to help women become pregnant and maintain pregnancy.

Inflammation is well known to affect fertility.

Inflammation is stimulated by estrogen and other factors. The presence of inflammation may affect the pelvic anatomy and can disrupt or impair the egg release, implantation of the egg, alter sperm motility and cause contractions.

How endometriosis affects the reproductive cells, embryo, fallopian tube and embryo transport.

Altered ovulation and egg production due to increase in inflammation. Inflammation has been shown to affect the production of eggs and disrupt ovulation.

Progesterone levels are lower in women with endometriosis and may lead to disruption of a normal menstrual cycle as well as ovulation.

Sperm quality and function are negatively affected due to inflammation and overactive immune response from the women's reproductive cavity (uterus, fallopian tubes, etc.).

Women with endometriosis have increased free radicals that may hurt the embryo's viability as well as effect the fallopian tube and embryo transport.

Due to the increased inflammation and immune response, the fallopian tubes function may be impacted by a decrease in tubal motility (movement of the fallopian tube).
Contractions can also impact the sperm and egg by reducing fertilization and implantation.

While this may seem complex (which it is) and hopeless (which it is not), there are many treatment options can help women who have endometriosis and are struggling with fertility.

The optimal way to help women with endometriosis and infertility is based on patient individually as well as taking into account additional factors such as pelvic anatomy, ovarian reserve, partner semen analysis, age, the presence of endometriomas, and length of infertility.

If you are struggling with endometriosis, consider approaching your fertility with an integrative approach as both systems combined can help improve your chances of becoming pregnant.


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common reason why females may struggle with fertility. PCOS can impact your hormones as well as cause irregular cycles. Which can negatively affect ovulation causing your eggs not to release.

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There are many options to help with pregnancy for women who have PCOS. Some of the alternatives are nutritional supplements, homeopathy, and acupuncture which can address the underlying negative effect of PCOS.

Women with PCOS often have an excess of male hormones (testosterone and androstenedione) which affects hormonal balance, leading to fertility challenges.

Additionally, many women with PCOS struggle to have ovulation which is essential in becoming pregnant, which can be treated to improve chances for pregnancy.

The good news is that the vast majority of women with PCOS can have a successful pregnancy with fertility treatments.



Stress may get in the way of making that beautiful baby. Most of all, have fun during the process and if you are getting overwhelmed which often does happen! Remember keep your sex life fresh, fun and most importantly set the mood right!

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This is one of the most common discussions we have with my female patients. While stress can impact fertility, it is not the single reason as to why there are difficulties in getting pregnant.

Stress is known to impact the human body and has a wide range of negative effects on the human body. For some women, emotional stress may trigger an immunological response resulting in a miscarriage.

However, susceptibility factors can vary for each woman. In general, there are two key factors associated with stress and fertility. Stress affects hormonal regulation and may cause the immune system to abnormally (flawed immune response).

Stress is a risk factor and reducing stress appears to be associated with pregnancy outcome. This is because stress can impact the nervous, endocrine and the immune system, all of which are crucial for the maintenance of successful pregnancy.

Helping your mind and body cope with stress may help improve pregnancy outcomes.


Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland does play a role in fertility as it communicates to your ovaries and may affect fertility.

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Women who have autoimmune thyroid dysfunction tend to suffer from infertility more frequently than women who are fertile. Additionally, women who have hypothyroidism or sub-clinical hypothyroidism (levels that are elevated but do not require traditional treatment) can also impact their fertility.

If you have an autoimmune thyroid disorder (Graves disease - hyperthyroidism) and are having difficulty with fertility (i.e., implantation), you may have an underlying gynecological concern such as endometriosis or ovarian dysfunction.

However, thyroid disorders can significantly increase the risk of miscarriages and infertility.
Having your thyroid hormone is within an optimal range may help improve your chances of conceiving.

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