Acupuncture & IVF
There are things you can do which support you during your fertility treatment.
Research has shown Acupuncture can contribute not only to how you feel during your IVF cycle but may also contribute to your chance of success.
Acupuncture and IVF come from very different origins and work in different ways, and at first may seem unlikely partners.
However there are sound reasons to consider an integrated approach which may offer you a greater chance of success.
Acupuncture has an important role to play in fertility challenges and as a support treatment to IVF. Several research studies have confirmed the positive outcome Acupuncture can have on IVF cycles.
How does Acupuncture help IVF?
- Decreases stress levels
- Improves your sleep patterns
- Stabilizes hormone levels
- Regulates your cycle
- Improves egg quality
- Improves blood and energy flow to the ovaries and fallopian tubes
- Stimulating production of fertile mucous
- Reducing chances of miscarriage
- Reducing PMT symptoms
- Improving sperm count and morphology
Anecdotal clinical evidence, as yet unproven in clinical trials suggests that: Acupuncture is effective in reducing IVF side effects. Acupuncture during the first few weeks of pregnancy is helpful for women who have had a history of infertility and/or miscarriage.
Preparing For IVF
As with natural conception a three month pre-conception health care program is recommended before embarking on the IVF treatment. This will improve egg, endometrial and sperm quality, greatly improving the success of the IVF cycle. If you are on a limited time frame, or have already started the IVF program, acupuncture can still improve conception chances dramatically.
Ideally Acupuncture treatment will be administered on a weekly basis for at least one full menstrual cycle starting from the beginning of a period. This allows individual imbalances to be addressed and optimal function promoted.
Weekly treatments are recommended during the initial stages of IVF therapy to help ease the side effects of the medication and prepare the body for egg collection.
A treatment is recommended as close to egg pick up as possible, and again before and after egg transfer. This is to relax and promote blood flow to the uterus, encourage the body to accept the pregnancy and calm any anxiety and stress that may be experienced. A further session is recommended 3 -5 days after the transfer. Weekly treatments are again recommended up until the blood test to promote chances of conception.
With the use of appropriate protocols by a specialist and caring Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, IVF patients can feel confident that they are receiving the very best of care that is appropriately integrated into their IVF programme.