Looking at the whole person is an important component in optimizing one’s efforts toward successful pregnancy.
Integrative Medicine (IM) focuses on the whole person, recognizing that the interactions of the mind, body, spirit and community have a direct impact on wellbeing, and the importance of cultural traditions, personal preference, social circumstances and lifestyle.
We combine conventional treatments with:
- Natural products (vitamins, minerals, botanical and herbal preparations)
- Mind-body practices (Meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture, etc.)
- Whole health systems such as ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy
To get the greatest benefit from integrative medicine, it is important to obtain a full and comprehensive integrative assessment. This assessment looks at medical and family history as well as exercise, nutrition/diet, supplement use, environment and spirituality.
The addition of certain supplements, acupuncture/TCM and mind-body techniques have been shown to enhance fertility treatment.
Supplements can help individuals facing fertility issues. It is important that each patient have their case evaluated and that recommendations on supplement use be based on their unique situation.
Acupuncture has been shown to improve pregnancy rates, especially with IVF.
Learn more about our acupuncture and fertility counseling services.
Mind-body programs may improve pregnancy rates and ease the stresses of treatment. We now have a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course available to all ORM patients
Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata
Carmelo Sgarlata, MD, is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in the field of in vitro fertilization and integrative medicine. He joined Oregon Reproductive Medicine in March of 2016 and oversees its new Integrative Medicine practice.
Prior to joining ORM, Dr. Sgarlata was with the Reproductive Science Center in San Jose, California, and one of the first OB/GYN physicians in the area to provide reproductive endocrinology and infertility services. In 1988 he co-founded the first comprehensive South Bay Area Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program. He’s also the founder and past president of the Bay Area Reproductive Endocrinology Society.
Dr. Sgarlata believes the foundation for health is the combination of lifestyle, genetics and environment. He stresses that there is no more important time for optimal health than when planning a family:
“Three to six months prior to conception is the ideal time to plan and optimize health in both women and men,” he says. “As a part of my work, I’m focused on giving patients tools to enhance fertility naturally. Mind-body techniques such as mindfulness, yoga and acupuncture, as well as a well-balanced diet and a judicious use of supplements can all enhance fertility and work along side conventional medical treatments. These tools not only help with conception, but provide patients the framework for a successful pregnancy and beyond.”
Dr. Sgarlata examines scientific data and patient history to create consolidated plans that will enhance fertility success. “I get to know my patients and their full story. From there, we take all of the tools we have available and apply them in a comprehensive way that will enhance their body’s ability to conceive.”
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI)
- Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS)
- Bay Area Reproductive Endocrinologist Society (BARES)
- Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS)
- Fellow Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Education and Honors
- University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences
- University of Arizona, Doctor of Medicine
- Maricopa County General Hospital (Phoenix), Resident, Gynecology and Obstetrics
- St. Louis University, Fellowship, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
- The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Integrative Medicine Fellowship