PhotoBioModulation for Infertility

Arne Grinsted 1* and Maja Grinsted Hillegass 2

1 Founder and President of PowerMedic ApS, Denmark and PowerMedic Lasers, Inc, USA

2 Sales Manager, PowerMedic Lasers, Inc, USA

*Corresponding Author: Arne Grinsted, Founder and President of PowerMedic ApS, Denmark and PowerMedic Lasers, Inc, USA.

Received: August 20, 2019; Published: August 29, 2019


PhotoBioModulation (PBM) is well established as a fast and effective way to improving mitochondrial health and thereby optimiz- ing the availability of ATP in the cells.

Since PBM was first discovered in 1967, thousands of studies have documented the benefits of PBM for a wide variety of condi- tions.

Since 2012, a group of clinics in Denmark and Norway have been using PBM to increase the chances of pregnancy for women with fertility challenges. In 2016, the number of women treated were 239, with 158 pregnancies or 66%. Today, the number have grown to an estimated 400 women treated, resulting in 260 pregnancies or 65%.

The conclusion is, that PBM offers a natural and non-invasive treatment option for women facing reproductive health issues, with no side effects.

Keywords: PhotoBioModulation (PBM); Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT); Laser Therapy; Cold Laser Therapy; Infertility; Fertility; Reproductive Health; Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)



PBM: PhotoBioModulation; ATP: Adenosine Triphosphate; LLLT: Low Level Laser Therapy; mW: Milliwatt; nm: Nanometer; J: Joules; ml: milliliter; ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology; IVF: In Vitro Fertilization; ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection; PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome


Infertility is an increasing problem in the industrialized Western world. It is estimated that more than 20% of couples in the normally

fertile age range are seeking help to become pregnant.

The journey from deciding to expand your family to realizing that it does not come so easily, and finally seeking assisted reproductive

technology (ART) over the course of several years – is brutal, to say the least.

And there is no guarantee, even after 5 years of ART, a large percentage ends up without the baby they so deeply desire.

The urge to procreate and pass on your genes to the next generation is one of the most basic instincts in any mammal, so not being able to do one of the most natural things attacks us at the very core of our being.

Since 2012, a group of clinics in Denmark and Norway have been offering a different approach to treating women with fertility issues. They are using PhotoBioModulation, PBM, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy, LLLT, or Laser Therapy for short. And with great suc- cess [1-7].



This case report illustrates the protocol used, the results seen so far, and a discussion on the mechanisms of PBM and cell interaction.

Material and Methods

The PBM device being used by the clinics in Denmark and Norway is the GigaLaser, produced by PowerMedic ApS (Denmark).

The protocol is as follows:

  • Starting on the first day of menstruation, a total of 6 treatments are applied over the course of 2 weeks.
  • At this point, when ovulation is expected, insemination (natural or otherwise) is attempted.
  • If the woman does not conceive, and menstruation returns, another course of treatments is given.
  • For the treatment, the GigaLaser is placed directly over the abdominal area, 1 – 2 cm above the bare skin (the GigaLaser treatment screen covers 500 cm2). Each treatment is 23 minutes, and the total dose is 20,000 Joules (15,000 Joules of near infrared laser light at 808 nm, plus 5,000 Joules of red LED at 660 nm).
  • There are no known side effects of PBM, and there is no discomfort associated with the treatment.

Results and Discussion

In 2016, we published an article with the results from 8 clinics. At that time, the total number of women treated was 239, resulting in

158 pregnancies, which is a success rate of 66%.

Today the number of clinics has increased, making it more difficult to keep an exact score. It is estimated that the total number of

women treated has exceeded 400, with a resulting 260 pregnancies, or 65%.

The women treated are in the age range of 34 to 50 (yes, the oldest woman giving birth through this method was 50 years old).

They had all tried practically anything to get pregnant, diet, exercise, counseling, hormonal treatments, IVF, ICSI – with no result. Many of them had given up hope of ever conceiving a child. But with the PBM treatment, 2 out of 3 became pregnant, typically within 1 to 3 months.

It is worth noting that younger women do not respond as well to this treatment, unless there are other complications not directly re- lated to egg quality. More about this later. This corresponds well with Dr. Toshio Oshiro’s findings [8].

It is well known that average female fertility rate drops rapidly from the age of 30 (as illustrated in graph 1).

Graph 1





An axiom within PBM is: PBM works by creating energy in cells that lack energy.

In other words, if the cells do not lack energy, PBM makes no difference. That could explain why PBM is less effective for women under

30. Their bodies are already at the peak of fertility, and the cells in their reproductive system have maximum energy.

What PBM seems to be doing, is raising the curve for women above the age of 30 (as illustrated in graph 2).

Graph 2



Why is that? The age-related decline in female fertility is normally explained by a perceived decline in egg quality. But what if it is just a lack of energy in the cells? As women age, the mitochondria in their reproductive system age as well and become less and less effective at producing ATP.

Every cell in our body, except red blood cells, run on the energy source ATP, or Adenosine Triphosphate. ATP is produced by the mi- tochondria inside our cells. Throughout our body, most cells have around 2,000 mitochondria. Some more, some less. A few exceptions stand out, brain cells and heart cells with around 10,000 each. But the oocyte, the human egg cell, goes way beyond that, with a whopping 600,000 mitochondria.

This goes to emphasize how much energy it takes to create new life. But even with 600,000 mitochondria, when their efficiency drops

with age, the result is still a rapid decline in fertility rate.

This is where PBM comes into the picture. Numerous scientific studies have shown that when cells with a lack of energy are exposed to laser light, the mitochondria will start producing more ATP. This will directly influence the oocyte, increasing the energy level and drasti- cally improve the chances of conceiving.

Aside from egg quality issues, there is a number of complications that can impede the likelihood of getting pregnant. All of these are addressed with a BPM device like the GigaLaser, since it covers the entire abdominal area. With the increased level of ATP, the cell has more power to do what it is supposed to do, and that leads to a host of other beneficial effects:

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduces edemas
  • Regulates inflammation
  • Relieves pain
  • Relaxes muscle tensions
  • Softens scar tissue



With these types of indications, PBM is often combined with physical therapies or acupuncture. The combination will optimize the environment in the abdominal area, creating the best conditions for pregnancy. This is akin to fertilizing the soil before planting a seed [10-21].

Other applications

The clinics using the GigaLaser report that PBM also have been beneficial for other conditions related to reproductive health, includ- ing normalizing the menstruation cycle (in cases of irregular, painful or missing menstruation), as well as relieving pain and discomfort related to endometriosis or PCOS.

PBM for men

The clinics using PBM for infertility in women are also treating a growing number of men with low sperm counts. We have not yet assembled the statistical data, however the effects of PBM are dramatic: we see numbers increase from 2 million/ml to more than 40 mil- lion/ml, after one treatment.

The PBM device being used for this is the PowerLaser Pro500 or the PowerLaser Basic500, produced by PowerMedic ApS (Denmark).

The protocol is as follows: The PowerLaser is placed 1 – 2 cm above the testicle (the PowerLaser covers 1 cm2), one treatment is 2 x 10 seconds per testicle, total dose is 10 Joules per testicle (near infrared laser light at 808 nm).


Since 2012, out of a group of 400 infertile women in the age range 34 – 50 years, 260 women (or 65%) have conceived, following treat- ments with PBM.

Most of these women had already tried different types of ART and/or lifestyle changes to help them conceive, but with no success.

The explanation that PBM is having such dramatic effects for these women is most likely that PBM stimulates the mitochondria to produce more ATP in cells with reduced energy level. As women age, the mitochondria in their eggs age as well, causing a decline in egg quality. PBM provides more energy to the oocyte and – in addition – optimizes the environment in the abdominal area, creating the best chances of conceiving.

PBM offers a promising option for women facing reproductive health issues, as a natural, non-invasive supplement, to other types of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).


We would like to thank the clinics who use the GigaLaser and the PowerLaser in their work and for taking the time to collect and share their results.

Conflict of Interest

This case report was prepared by Arne Grinsted, Founder and President of PowerMedic ApS, Denmark (manufacturer of the GigaLaser and the PowerLaser Series) and PowerMedic ApS’ sister company, PowerMedic Lasers, Inc., USA, as well as Maja Grinsted Hillegass, Sales Manager at PowerMedic Lasers, Inc., USA.


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