IVF acupuncture is commonly used to support IVF during egg retrieval and transfer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want more information about the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbs 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
Research supporting the beneficial effect of Chinese herbal medicine on pregnancy rates: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK84882/
*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.
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.
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.
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 Chinese herbs can do wonders to get you back on your feet faster.
How does Chinese medicine help post-pregnancy?
Acupuncture and herbs help to clear lochia (fluid retention) and restore your energy and strength faster so you can get back to doing the things you love.
Book a free no-obligation free 15 minute Chinese Medicine Health Breakthrough Consultation* including Chinese medical pulse diagnosis today.
*This service is provided free by our practitioners. There are no conditions and no other paid services subsidise these free appointments.
Sandra can help you during specific periods of your IVF and pregnancy journey or can be with you to support you all the way through.