Acupuncture for Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy
We use Acupuncture to Support IVF Treatments and Make Pregnancy More Comfortable
IVF Support Acupuncture?
IVF acupuncture is commonly used to support IVF during egg retrieval and transfer
We understand Acupuncture IVF
We’re familiar with the majority of IVF hospitals and clinics and know how each one works. From experience we also know the different treatment protocols that Western medicine uses to perform IVF treatments. For example, some doctors transfer at day 3 and some at day 6. Some doctors use ICSI straight up whereas some prefer not to; and some doctors will transfer 2 embryos others will only transfer one. Also we know why certain doctors will or won’t use a certain procedure for certain couples.
We take the time to explain acupuncture IVF support
Many ‘first timers’ of IVF can find the whole process confusing. This is because a lot of doctors and nurses administer the medications but don’t explain thoroughly what you might experience during a stimulated cycle. The same for what you may go through emotionally. For instance, if you are prescribed the nasal spray it can give you headaches. It can also create an emotional roller coaster with the ensuing change in hormones, which you may not be told about.
We aim to reduce inflammation to improve the chance of implantation
The medications and procedures used in IVF can overstimulate your system. This causes inflammation around the uterus that isn’t good for embryo transfer. Acupuncture IVF support aims to reduce this inflammation to provide an improved chance of successful implantation.
Acupuncture IVF during egg retrieval and transfer
IVF acupuncture is commonly used to support IVF during egg retrieval and transfer. Acupuncture IVF support aims to improve blood flow to your uterus, bolster your kidney/reproductive function and enhances follicular development to improve egg quality. Importantly, fertility acupuncture may also keep you calm during IVF procedures.
Our protocol for acupuncture IVF support
We recommend an acupuncture treatment in the 24 hours before egg retrieval and another acupuncture treatment in the 24 hours after egg implantation. (Note if you are tired, or have done multiple rounds of IVF, or have a history of miscarriage, we recommend you seek treatment in the month or two prior to the transfer. This gives us time to fill your fertility cup to give you the best chance of success).
Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
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Want more information about the benefits of acupuncture on IVF support and pregnancy rates?
Acupuncture performed around the time of embryo transfer: a systematic review and meta-analysis: https://www.rbmojournal.com/article/S1472-6483(18)30675-8/fulltext
Research supporting the beneficial effect of acupuncture for IVF pregnancy rates: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0015028206002123
*Note AHPRA does not recognise these studies
Congratulations, you’re pregnant!
Falling pregnant can be one of the most exciting times in your life. But for people who have lost babies in the past, or have struggled for a long time to conceive, it can be a time of ongoing anxiety. That’s why we aim to make your pregnancy a more joyful experience and help you carry to term.
The first trimester
Weeks one to twelve is typically a higher risk time. During this phase our focus is on helping you stay strong and alleviating morning sickness and anxiety.
Acupuncture aims to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow to your uterus. It also helps to regulate the hormones that are released during this time, which may be contributing to your morning sickness.
Weeks thirteen to birth
Healthy mothers have the best chance of delivering healthy babies. Acupuncture can be a great way to help keep you healthy and strong. It can also help alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms many women experience that can get in the way of them enjoying their pregnancy.
- Helping you ride the emotional roller coaster
As being relaxed and happy is an important part of conceiving and carrying to term, we use acupuncture to help relieve stress and anxiety so you can more effectively manage the emotional roller coaster that comes with trying to fall pregnant and being pregnant.
- Body aches and pains
Back pain is the most common pain we encounter, but as you advance in your pregnancy the movement of your joints as they adapt to the pregnancy may create hip or carpal tunnel pain. We have excellent tools to help alleviate these symptoms.
We monitor your progress through pulse and tongue diagnosis, blood pressure and temperatures.
Pregnancy is probably one of the biggest challenges your body will ever go through. It takes an incredible amount of energy to produce a healthy baby. But acupuncture and can do wonders to get you back on your feet faster.
How does Chinese medicine help post-pregnancy?
Acupuncture helps to clear lochia (fluid retention) and restore your energy and strength faster so you can get back to doing the things you love.
Your General Health & Your Fertility
Falling pregnant, carrying to term and having a healthy baby takes a LOT of energy. Your body needs to be strong.
Good health and vitality means your body is in the best position to do what it is designed to do. And in the case of fertility, that’s to conceive, have a problem-free pregnancy and to have healthy children.
We often tell our patients that symptoms are markers of ill-health. If you are in perfect health, you have no symptoms. So generally, the more symptoms you have the greater the challenges you have with your health.
If you experience any of tiredness, anxiety, digestive issues like bloating or reflux, stubborn pain, headaches, PMS, period problems, skin issues, allergies, bowel problems, depression or a whole raft of other symptoms, then something is not quite right with your health.
This may put your fertility out of whack enough to create challenges.
If you improve your base health you give yourself the best chance. Medicinal herbs, targeted supplements, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle advice can help you improve your base health.
Why choose Dr Sandra Wu to help you with your overall health, fertility and pregnancy?
Sandra can help you with your overall health, during specific periods of your IVF and pregnancy journey or can be with you to support you all the way through.
- Experience. Sandra has treated hundreds of women with fertility difficulties, with many of them doing IVF. Sandra also has three young children of her own so understands first-hand what you are going through.
- Success. Hundreds of babies have been born by patients undergoing IVF while receiving Sandra’s support care.