Fertility acupuncture has been proven a beneficial aid in supporting IVF treatment .
Before IVF treatment
Ideally, preparation for IVF should start at least 3-4 months prior to the IVF cycle, although even one month can make a difference. It aims to bring the body to the optimal pre-conception condition to maximizeor increase the chances of success. Normally a combination of acupuncture and herbs is used during this stage. Both male and female should be involved at this point.
During IVF treatment
Weekly acupuncture is advised to women from the first day of medication through to the embryo transfer. Acupuncture helps by:
- reduce the side effects of the drugs;
- produce more follicles and maximize egg quality;
- optimize the thickness of the endometrium to prepare for the transfer of embryos.
Where there is no male factor infertility, recommends a single acupuncture treatment is recommended prior to egg collection to relieve anxiety. Though where there is male infertility, acupuncture treatments should have already started from the preparation stage.
An acupuncture treatment is recommended before and after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rate. Ideally, this is on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment. Choosing points that relax the uterus optimizes endometrial receptivity, thus helping embryo implantation.
After Embryo Transfer
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.