Acupuncture for IVF
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 maximize the chance of success. Normally a combination of acupuncture and herbs is used during stage. Both male and female should be involved at this stage.
Weekly acupuncture is advised to women from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer. Acupuncture helps 1) reduce the side effects of the drugs; 2) produce more follicles and maximize egg quality; 3) 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. Where there is male factor 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 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.