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Mercier Therapy: A Natural Treatment for Infertility

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Mercier Therapy: A Natural Treatment for Infertility 

Mercier provides natural hope for women seeking motherhood 

By Janayé Brown  

 

According to the CDC, about 6 percent of married women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying. Twelve percent of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status.  

“Infertility” is a word that can simply be described as not being able to become pregnant after a year of trying. Even women who can get pregnant but suffer miscarriages or stillbirths are still considered to be experiencing infertility.  

“It’s not uncommon to hear about someone struggling with infertility lately. We have to wonder why that is? I tend to think we have a lot of people experiencing relationship struggles, and environmental factors certainly play a role in the hormone disruption,” said Jennifer Mercier, a naturopathic doctor, massage therapist, and midwife who has worked in the medical field for over 15 years. 

Modern technological advances offer several medicines and treatments options to correct infertility. Medicines like Clomiphene stimulate the ovaries to release eggs. Doctors even offer hormone (hCG) injections that trigger ovulation. When initial, non-invasive treatments are unsuccessful, women may try assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). This process involves extracting a woman’s eggs and then manually fertilizing them with sperm before placing the eggs back in the woman’s uterus. Another option is the use of Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a doctor injects one sperm into one egg. If fertilization occurs, the doctor puts the embryo into the woman’s uterus. 

What happens when all infertility treatment options have been exhausted? Mercier would then advocate her approach:  a natural miracle to manage infertility stress. She wants her patients to “expect a miracle” through her Mercier Therapy. 

At age 23, Mercier was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. During her undergrad year of college, this disorder caused her to experience extreme pain. She was offered many options to medicate the pain, but the effect on her body, in the long run, was not a sacrifice she was willing to make. In hopes of mitigating the pain naturally, Mercier learned about visceral manipulation, a massage technique that involves abdominal and pelvic organ manipulation to encourage the normal functioning and movement of organs. She incorporated this into her Mercier Therapy practice while helping women with pain from conditions like endometriosis and pregnant mothers to relax and prepare for birth. 

By age 35, after trying other relaxation techniques, including yoga and acupuncture, to overcome infertility, she agreed to try hormone injections along with intrauterine insemination. After three cycles, that too proved unsuccessful. She then had her own Mercier Therapy students work on her, and after two miscarriages, Mercier had her first child in October 2011. 

She said, “I thought to myself, ‘that is going to be the way.’ So I did it for myself and it was truly a miracle. I then started just thinking and moving, and I put together a protocol. I started using it in my practice, and I started teaching it. Awesome things have come since then.”   

The Mercier Therapy is a six-week fertility program that touts an 87 percent success rate. In a recent study, 48 women aged 28-42 who had prior fertility issues received at least two Mercier Therapy sessions. Within six months, 18 of the women were pregnant, and within a year, another 22 were pregnant.  Of the 40 women who got pregnant, 32 used only Mercier Therapy.  

Mercier says she opens her heart and her life to make her patients feels comfortable and to let them know they are not alone. “I talk with my patients and it puts them at ease. Just by them knowing they have a partner to talk to. I’m a real person who had infertility issues. I’ve had 7 pregnancies, and I lost 5 of them. I’ve been in their shoes.”  

“Expect a miracle,” launched from her ultimate faith in Jesus Christ, is a slogan for the Mercier Therapy. Her “servant heart” is the approach she says she channels every day, especially when it comes to working with her patients.  More than anything, she wants her patients to have an expectation of a miracle. “The minute you walk in my door, I treat you like you’re pregnant.” 

Mercier offers these basic tips to help women prepare for pregnancy and decrease the chance of infertility: 

  • Keep moving. Make sure to stay active. It helps with circulation, alleviating stress, etc. 
  • Let your food be your medicine. Make sure when you are about to put something in your mouth, ask yourself is this food going to nurture my body. If not, do not eat it.  
  • For men, smoking decreases sperm count 
  • Treat your body as if you’re already pregnant, and don’t do anything to harm the baby 

 

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