Trained by Dr. Mercier, Dr. Cope's uses this method fertility program is one year in length and can be used as a stand alone regime or in preparation for a more medically assisted cycle such as IUI or IVF. We highly recommend that you prepare your body properly prior to starting any medically assisted fertility cycle to help insure a successful first cycle. The Shared Journey can be completed in time for your stim start.

As a stand alone cycle without medical assistance is what is most natural and primal for your body. You will be guided to monitor your own ovulatory cycle along with our help for up to one year after finishing your therapy with us.

The program is custom tailored to each individual woman's situation and will be discussed in further detail at a consultation.

When scheduling your consult please make sure to allow 60-90 minutes and bring any past medical records that may be helpful when discussing your history. During the consult a full medical history will be obtained as well as a pelvic organ mobility evaluation will be done.

Mercier Therapy is a deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation modality. When increasing mobility whether your shoulder joint or your uterus you're optimizing the true function of the area and helping to return blood flow which is therapeutic.

When choosing to start the SJFP you'll receive 6 full hours of MT broken down into 1 hour intervals per week for 6 weeks.

For women coming in from a state or country other than Virginia we can finish your therapy within an intensive 4 day weekend. There is a hotel close to our office which is very comfortable and this is usually where our guests stay during their weekend.

Overall, roughly 71% of medically assisted fertility cycles fail annually (CDC 2012).  By age breakdown the failure rates increase dramatically as women age: 35 & younger - 60% failure rate; 35-37 - 70% failure rate;  38-40 - 80% failure rate (78 according to CDC); 41-42 - 90% failure rate (88% according to CDC); 43-44 - 95% and higher failure rate; 44+ - 99% failure rate. (*Dr. Mercier)


IVF (99%) is the most common medically assisted procedure, though there are quite a few other options including IUI, IUF, GIFT, ZIFT.  It is necessary to get to the root cause of infertility using methods such as functional labs, semen analysis, nutrient depletion, HRT, AND mobility.

From basic knowledge physiology, the hormones and procedures used for IVF decreases the likelihood of any natural pregnancy, healthy deliveries, and more.  It is very important to ask your reproductive endocrinologist or myself for alternative options so that you may choose what fits best for you.


The most recent report from 2017 found:

-% Cyles resulting in live birth 27.5% (SART direct citation)