“Acupuncture can increase the chances of getting pregnant for women undergoing fertility treatment by 65%,” according to The Guardian’s news pages. The results of some research studies into acupuncture are very promising and we remain strong supporters of its use as part of a coordinated approach.
Our acupuncturists are highly experienced in treating women during the lead-up to IVF, throughout their cycle and on the day of transfer. Research suggests that the effect of treatment may be cumulative, which is why we offer a package of ten sessions.
Acupuncture for IVF Support
For best result, IVF support acupuncture treatment should start about 3-4 months prior to the IVF cycle, however, even one month could also make a difference. The acupuncture treatment at this stage aims to bring the body to the optimal pre-conception condition to maximize the chance of a success. Normally, we would recommend a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine during this stage.
This stage is from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer. Weekly acupuncture is necessary, it would help reduce the side effects of the drugs; produce more follicles and improve egg quality; optimize the thickness of the endometrium to prepare for the transfer of embryos. A single acupuncture treatment is recommended prior to egg collection to relieve anxiety.
Before and after embryo transfer, an acupuncture treatment is recommended to improve pregnancy rate. For best result, this is on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment. Choosing points that relax uterus optimizes endometrial receptivity, thus helping embryo implantation.
One or two acupuncture treatments are recommended during the two-week waiting period before a pregnancy test is taken. This is primarily to support emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
Acupuncture is recommended weekly through the first trimester, up to week 12/13 as there is a higher risk of miscarriage in IVF induced pregnancies. The treatment aims to support implantation and help promote a healthy pregnancy.
Reports about IVF support acupuncture:
- The Guardian: Acupuncture may help increase IVF success rates by 65%
- The Independent: Acupuncture can improve chances of successful fertility treatment