Acupuncture may Increase the IVF Success Rate
Research published by the British Medical Journal indicated that an acupuncture treatment provided 25 minutes before and after the embryo transfer may increased the IVF success rate by up to 65%.
More recent studies indicates that these results can be improved if the patient receives treatment during the different phases of the IVF process.
Preparation for IVF cycle It is recommended that approximately three months prior to the IVF process, depending on age and underlying gynaecological conditions, the patient receives acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment to regulate the body’s function and make IVF more successful.
If you have missed this window of opportunity, don’t worry, an individualised treatment will be designed for to optimise your reproductive health prior to your IVF procedure.
Stimulation Phase – Medical stimulation of the ovaries Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help the ovaries respond better to the stimulation drugs by producing more follicles and good quality eggs. It can also thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for the transfer of embryos and reduce the side-effects of the drugs.
Day of Egg Collection – Post egg collection treatment After egg collection, acupuncture can reduce any local tissue trauma or bleeding, assist with symptoms and recovery of hyper-stimulation and help prepare a better environment for the arrival of an embryo.
Embryo Transfer – Pre / Post treatment Research has shown that pre and post embryo transfer acupuncture treatments can improve the implantation rate and ultimately the IVF success rate. The aim is to relax the uterus and increase blood flow to the uterus.
We highly recommend these two treatments as the research indicates these treatments alone increase the IVF success rate by 65%.
Post Embryo Transfer Support These treatments are designed to relax the uterus and increase blood flow to the uterus, support progesterone levels, support embryo engagement and foetal development.
This phase of the treatment plan is personalised taking into consideration your individual gynaecological conditions and IVF history.
IVF Support – Male
If your seman analysis is less than perfect, you are not alone. Male infertility is one of the most common reasons for couples to undertake IVF to achieve pregnancy.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may improve sperm quality and sexual performance.
Issues that may impair conception:-
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm motility
- Poor sperm morphology
- Reduced semen liquefaction times
- Erectile dysfunction and ejaculation issues
- Low Libido
Treatment for male factor infertility is suggested two to three month prior to sperm collection or aspiration.