FAQ about Mercier Therapy

What is Mercier Therapy?

Mercier Therapy is an external deep pelvic visceral manipulation technique focused on restoring blood flow and proper positioning of the uterus and ovaries within the pelvis. The "Shared Journey Fertility Program" is a prescribed course of Mercier Therapy to help support conception.

Is there anyone who shouldn't  have Mercier Therapy?

Yes. Anyone with an IUD, Essure, current pelvic infection, or cancer cells present cannot receive this therapy. Women with endometriosis cannot receive this therapy during their menstrual cycle.

What's the success rate of conception?

In a 4 year case study concluded in 2012, 83% of participants became pregnant within one year of completing the program. To read more about the case study,  please click here http://www.merciertherapyofri.com/case-study/

Why is the fertility work structured as a program?

The work is structured as a total of six hours of treatment for successful outcomes as well as accountability. We share this journey with you to support your towards your ultimate conception success.

What will the work feel like?

Mercier Therapy is deep, precise, organ-level work. If there are any restrictions in the pelvis, the work may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. We will work with you to coordinate your breath with some of the deeper work to alleviate discomforts should they arise.

How does Mercier Therapy compare to IVF treatment?

Mercier Therapy is a natural means of promoting fertility by optimizing the function of the reproductive organs. It works by promoting blood flow and releasing scar tissue in the pelvis from a sedentary lifestyle, past C-section or other abdominal surgeries, accidents, sexual trauma or traumatic birth, or endometriosis. It may be used as a stand-alone therapy or as a preparation of the body for IUI or IVF treatments to help augment the chances of a successful ART cycle. Unlike IVF, Mercier Therapy is non-invasive, more cost effective, has no long-term health consequences, and is often more emotionally supportive of the woman and her partner.

What makes Sparrow unique in her approach to Mercier Therapy?

Sparrow has worked extensively with women preparing for motherhood. She is adept at supporting women and their partners during emotionally "charged" and vulnerable times. In addition, Sparrow's advanced massage training add elements of soothing and relaxation which compliment the deeper precise work that  Mercier Therapy entails.

What happens if I conceive before the end of my treatment program?

Any remaining sessions may be used after delivery. This work is very helpful post-delivery as well.

How much does the "Shared Journey Fertility Program" cost?

The cost of the program is $2,800 which is to be paid prior to the first treatment of the 'Shared Journey Fertility Program." To find out more, please feel free to come in for a consult that will include a full health history intake and a pelvic mobility assessment. The cost of the consult is $200. Should you decide  you'd like to move forward with the entire journey, the $200 consult fee will be applied toward the total cost of the program. Please keep in mind that the average cost of IVF treatment in California is $12,400, with a 28% average rate of conception.

Is it covered by insurance?

Generally not. We do not bill insurance, however, we are happy to provide an in-depth description of the services provided for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.