Mercier Therapy
 

Mercier Therapy is a soft tissue visceral manipulation technique used to help restore the health and general wellbeing within the female pelvis. The treatment takes place on the outside of the body around the pelvis's various areas and organs. Mercier Therapy ensures that the organs in the pelvic area have the right position, full mobility and blood flow for optimal function. 

A 2013 casestudy utilizing the Mercier protocol for women with fertility challenges supported many positive outcomes for the participants. As a matter of fact, 83% of the women became pregnant within a year of finishing the Mercier Therapy Shared Journey Fertility program. The majority of these women had no medical intervention and just monitored their own cycles.

In addition to fertility optimization, I also help with hormone balancing and issues like PCOS, endometriosis, anovulatory cycles, amenorrhea, myomas, scar tissue and when you've stopped taking hormonal birth control.

I work closely together with Swedish OB/gyn, midwives, endocrinologists and GP:s. If needed I may refer to them for examinations and regular lab-work. I also have close connections with
cbt-therapists, medicinal yoga intructors and doulas. My network of international ND:s, MD:s and physiotherapists are also a great resource.

Further information on Mercier therapy read here.
 

Mercier Therapy may help with the following issues
 

  • Natural preparation for pregnancy or as a complement to IVF or other infertility treatments.
  • Pelvic pain such as endometriosis
  • Optimizing the menstual cycle and ovulation. 
  • Balancing hormones and the endocrine system. 
  • Improving the function of the ovaries for better follicle- and egg quality.
  • Improving the blood flow to the uterus and it's position. 
  • Deeply relaxing - removes blockages, anxiety and stress.
  • Blocked fallopian tubes

Focus for treatment
 

  • High FSH, low AMH
  • Secondary fertility issues such as scar tissue from c-sections.
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Myomas
  • Scar tissue from pelvic surgery
  • Anovulation
  • Amennorhea
 

Shared Journey - Fertility Program
 

Mercier Sweden Shared Journey is a six weeks long fertility program, with one treatment per week and up to 12 months follow-up. 

You can use the program to prepare your body for pregnancy naturally as well as for assisted fertilization. I recommend everyone to prepare their body in the best possible way before a medical infertility treatment.

Mercier Therapy is a soft tissue visceral manipulation technique used to help restore optimal function of the pelvic organs, and to naturally improve the health and general wellbeing within the female pelvis. It ensures that the organs in the pelvic area have the right position, full mobility and blood flow for optimal function. 
 

“Shared Journey not only includes the actual manual therapy,but it also includes a year of on-going support, guidance,and education to help women navigate the world of infertility
and find optimal health and wellness.”

 
It is a mild and completely harmless technique created to help us reconnect with our female body parts around the pelvis and balance its functions. The treatment takes place around the pelvis's various areas and organs.

I work with Mercier therapy for the woman and with hormonal balance, nutrition and lifestyle for both to optimize the health of you as a couple.

A 2013 study utilizing the Mercier protocol for women with fertility challenges supported many positive outcomes for the participants. As a matter of fact, 83% of the women became pregnant within a year of finishing treatment. The majority of these women had no medical intervention and just monitored their own cycles.
 

"Mercier Therapy is a special tool that women with infertility should know about."

 
I also offer nutritional- and herbal therapy in addition to treatment to optimize the results and help your body get ready for a pregnancy.

I work closely together with Swedish OB/gyn, midwives, endocrinologists and GP:s. If needed I may refer to them for examinations and regular lab-work. I also have close connections with cbt-therapists, medicinal yoga intructors and doulas. My network of international ND:s, MD:s and physiotherapists are also a great resource.
 

Trimester Zero
 

Both a sperm and an egg are needed for fertilization to occur. If you want to optimize the conditions for your upcoming child, both the man's and the woman's health and fertility must be included in the preparations.

The sperm quality of the man is as important as the woman's egg quality from trimester zero (when egg and sperm develop and mature) to fertilization.
 

"Nobody would  even think about running a marathon without preparation
since it is a huge strainfor the body both physically and mentally.
The same strain applies to a pregnant body but for 9 whole months."

 
Preparing the body for a pregnancy both physiologically and nutritionally is a very important component, and it is best to start about 6 months before planning to get pregnant to optimize nutritional values and hormones.

To give your future children the best conditions, there are several lifestyle factors that are important to look into and improve. It is important to optimize both parents' own health and fertility.

If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, it's a symptom of imbalance in the body. Under stress, regardless of what it consists of, the reproductive system is downregulated, and heart and muscle are prioritized instead.

Stress is one of the greatest reasons for unhealth, and there may be many causes; food you are intolerant to, too much coffee, too little water, too much exercise, too little movement, smoking, too much alcohol, lack of sleep, too much at work, too much food, too little food, medicines, bad relationships, your own thoughts and worries. 
 

"If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, it's a symptom of imbalance in the body.

Under stress, regardless of what it consists of, the reproductive
system is downregulated, and heart and muscle are prioritized instead."

 
Your body doesn't separate stress from work or stress from overtraining; physiologically body reacts in the exact same way.

To reduce possible low-grade inflammation, I make sure that your gut health is optimal, that you sleep well and keep your stress and diet in check.

I work together to optimize hormone levels in both the man and  the woman. By testing for imbalances in the thyroid, stress and sex hormones, you can correct these and improve your chances of pregnancy.
 


Optimized fertility
 

The Shared Journey Fertility program is custom tailored to each individual woman's/couples needs and situation and will be discussed in further detail at a consultation. At the first consultation, I review the previously submitted health forms, possible tests, and talk about lifestyle and other factors that may impact your health positively or negatively.

For those living outside of Stockholm or outside of Sweden, we have an intensive 4-day treatment program where you will receive Mercier Therapy for 90min/day. The other components of Mercier Sverige's fertility optimization, Shared Journey, are included and implemented remotely via Skype/video. If 2 couples or more wishing for this service, I may travel to your place. Additional costs for the trip will be added.
 

"We work close to you and if you wish you can add on one of our nutrition
and lifestyle packages to get additional support.
Taking care of your body and optimizing your health and fertility
makes for a more balanced life."

 


I may assist with the following
 

Natural fertility preparation or to complement assisted reproduction procedures.
 

  • Prepare the body for pregnancy
  • Regulate menstrual cycle and ovulation
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems
  • Improve ovarian and hormone function for better quality follicles/eggs
  • Increase the movement, blood flow and position of the uterus
  • Deeply relaxing – reducing anxiety & stress
 

May help with; FSH, secondary infertility issues such as scar tissue from
c-sections, endometriosis and myomas, PCOS, scar tissue from laparoscopy, damage to hip or pelvis, sexual function, anovulation and amenorrhea.
 

"The most natural thing is for the body to have it's own hormonal cycle.
In the Shared Journey program we will educate you in fertility awareness and give you
the tools you need to track your period after the Mercier Therapy is performed."

 


Case studies - Mercier therapy
 


Mercier Therapy Improves IVF Outcome
- Merciér, J - 2018

 

"Category Manual/osteopathic/chiropractic techniques  MERCIER THERAPY IMPROVES IVF OUTCOME - Merciér, J., Midwife, LMT, PhD"
Merciér Therapy, Saint Charles, Illinois, USA
 

Introduction
Among women ages 15–44, 12.1% have impaired fecundity, 6.7% of those who are married are infertile, and 12% (7.3 million) have used infertility services in their lifetime (www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/infertility.htm). In 2016, clinics in the United States performed 263,577 Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) cycles. Of the 197,737 ART cycles intended to achieve pregnancy (as opposed to freezing the resulting eggs or embryos for future cycles), 65,996 live births resulted; of those live births, 76,930 infants were born. “Although the use of ART is still relatively rare as compared to the potential demand, its use has doubled over the past decade,” reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/art/artdata/index.html). According to preliminary data provided by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, an average of 30.7% of women up through age 42 achieved pregnancy in 2016 after their first IVF attempt using their own fresh eggs
(www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCSR_PublicMultYear.aspx?reportingYear=2016).

Purpose/Aim
The purpose of this five-year study is to confirm that the use of Merciér Therapy’s site-specific deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation sequence is valid in helping to prepare women for cycle optimization prior to IVF stimulation.

Materials and Methods
From 2013 to 2018, 171 women ages 27–42 were interviewed, underwent six hours of Merciér Therapy, and were supplied with organic food-based prenatal vitamins containing a methylated folate. Merciér Therapy’s research setting is a relaxing holistic clinical environment in Illinois. The women selected for the study all complained of primary and secondary fertility challenges regardless of age, current or past pathological condition, prior surgical intervention, and treatment history (including no prior treatment).

Results
In all, 150 women (87.7%) who underwent Merciér Therapy prior to IVF stimulation achieved pregnancy: 142 women (83%) through IVF, and 8 women (4.7%) through natural means. With the first IVF cycle, 87 women (50.9%) achieved pregnancy. With the second IVF cycle, 44 women (25.7%) achieved pregnancy. With the third IVF cycle, 11 (6.4%) achieved pregnancy. In addition, 21 (12.3%) did not become pregnant."
 


Mercier Therapy helps infertile women achieve pregnancy - Merciér, J - 2013
 

"Category Manual/osteopathic/chiropractic techniques MERCIÉR THERAPY HELPS INFERTILE WOMEN ACHIEVE PREGNANCY Merciér, J., Midwife, LMT, PhD; Miller,K ., LMT 1Merciér Therapy, Saint Charles, Illinois, USA; 2Sparks Women’s Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA.

Introduction
Among women ages 15–44, 6.7 million have impaired ability to have children, 1.5 million are infertile, and 7.4 million have used infertility services in their lifetime (www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/fertile.htm). Now more than ever, women are having their fertility manipulated by reproductive endocrinology clinics and are undergoing multiple cycles without knowing the long-term effects of fertility drug use.

Purpose/Aim
Articles have been written about soft tissue abdominal and pelvic work alleviating fertility challenges, but no clinical research has been performed. The purpose of this study is to confirm that the use of Merciér Therapy—site-specific, manual soft tissue therapy—is valid as a standalone treatment and with assisted reproductive technologies to help women become pregnant.

Materials and Methods
Forty-eight women ages 28–42 were interviewed and underwent at least two sessions of Merciér Therapy. Merciér Therapy’s research setting is a holistic, clinical, multidisciplinary environment in Illinois and Arkansas. The women selected for the study all complained of primary and secondary fertility challenges regardless of age, current or past pathological condition, prior surgical intervention, prior treatment, and history of no treatment.

Results
Eighteen women achieved pregnancy within the first six months of their first Merciér Therapy sessions. Twenty-two women achieved pregnancy within one year of their first Merciér Therapy session. Eight women did not become pregnant. Of the forty women who became pregnant, thirty-two used Merciér Therapy as a standalone treatment; six used in-vitro fertilization; two used a combination of Clomid and intrauterine insemination.

Relevance
By educating participants about their fertility and cycles and using Merciér Therapy soft tissue manipulation to increase organ mobility and blood flow while enhancing optimal organ function, women responded very well without use of heavy-handed reproductive methods.

Conclusions
Merciér Therapy has proven beneficial in helping couples to achieve pregnancy in a diverse group of women with various prior assisted reproductive technology backgrounds, ages, races, current pathologies, and medical histories.

Discussion
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 147,260 assisted reproductive technology cycles were performed in the United States in 2010; 47,090 live births occurred—31.9% (www.cdc.gov/art). Why settle for mediocrity? In this study, Merciér Therapy helped 83% of participants achieve pregnancy; 80% of those women used Merciér Therapy exclusively. When used in conjunction with medical fertility treatments for the remaining participants, Merciér Therapy shortened the number of cycles, achieving pregnancy sooner than with fertility treatments alone.

Implications
This study reveals that fertility does not need to be medically manipulated in all cases. Medical fertility treatments bypass the core problem of poor reproductive organ function. Merciér Therapy creates more blood flow and mobility of the uterus, ovaries, and tubes, going to the source of the challenge and helping to fix it, gently and effectively. Keywords conception, infertility, Merciér Therapy, pregnancy, reproduction, soft tissue manipulation"


"Mercier Therapy can not be performed when; 
You have a IUD (hormone or copper), Essure or a cancerdiagnosis."

 

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