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IVF and Acupuncture: When to Schedule Your Appointments

Chinese Medicine is about treating the cause, not just the symptoms and relies on a series of treatments to balance the body and maintain health. The following statistics are a review of seven clinical trials on acupuncture and fertility:

  • Acupuncture increases the chances of conceiving via IVF by 65%
  • Acupuncture increases the chances of maintaining a pregnancy by 87%
  • Acupuncture increases the rate of maintaining a pregnancy to full gestation by 91%
  • Acupuncture when combined with Chinese herbs increases the chances of conception up to 80%

Fresh Cycle - Fresh eggs are retrieved, fertilized and then transferred

We recommend acupuncture weekly during and between cycles:

  1. Pre-Egg collection Phase - Weekly treatments plus a treatment 1-2 Days before egg collection to work on egg quality and quantity and thickening the uterine lining.
  2. Pre-Transfer Phase - 1-2 days prior to the transfer to increase blood flow into the uterine lining to help the embryo implant.
  3. Post-Transfer Phase - on the day of transfer or 1-2 days after transfer to assist implantation and hold the embryo in place.
  4. Regular Acupuncture - should be maintained. Specially selected and individually made herbal formula or supplements may be given either throughout the cycle or only prior to transfer. This depends upon yours and your IVF Doctors agreement for herbs or supplements to be used during cycles.

Other ART cycles:

  • Frozen Cycle - Frozen embryod are thawed and viable ones transferred

  • AI cycle - Artificial Insemination cycle

  • IUI cycle - Intra-uterine insemination cycle

We recommend acupuncture weekly during and between cycles again, but we our aim is slightly different.

  1. Preparation Phase - Weekly treatments to work on thickening the uterine lining and increasing circulation to assist when the embryo is transferred.
  2. Pre-Transfer/Insemination Phase - 1-2 days prior to the transfer to increase blood flow into the uterine lining to help the embryo implant and/or continue with thickening of the uterine lining to encourage future implanation.
  3. Post-Transfer Phase - on the day of transfer/insemination or 1-2 days after transfer/insemination to assist implantation and hold the embryo in place.
  4. Regular Acupuncture - should be maintained. Specially selected and individually made herbal formula or supplements may be given either throughout the cycle or only prior to transfer. This depends upon yours and your IVF Doctors agreement for herbs or supplements to be utilized during cycles.

Pregnancy

Once a successful pregnancy is confirmed, it is very important to maintain regular treatment of acupuncture, herbs and supplements, to prevent miscarriage. Acupuncture, herbs and vitamins are an important part of a general health and a trouble free pregnancy.

 

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