Naturopathic Medicine/Acupuncture & IVF Support

By: Dr. Lesley D'Souza, ND, Feb 10, 2020
Naturopathic, Oakville Naturopathic Doctor, Pregnancy,

Naturopathy for Medicine

In the month before your IVF/ICSI cycle, an evidence-based acupuncture protocol is followed to prepare your body for embryo transfer. Treatments are scheduled weekly during the 5 weeks prior to egg retrieval.

Research has shown that acupuncture helps improve the success rate of IVF/ICSI by...

  • Improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
  • Improving response to hormonal stimulation
  • Alleviating possible side effects of fertility medications
  • Improving the thickness and perfusion of blood to the uterine lining
  • Calming the uterus to help prepare for and support implantation
  • Reducing stress and promoting relaxation

For males with sub-optimal sperm parameters, we recommend regular acupuncture treatments during the two-three months prior to an IVF/ICSI cycle and then scheduling visits weekly for the 2 weeks prior to your partner’s egg retrieval. These acupuncture treatments may be supplemented by the use of Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle counselling and nutritional supplements.

IVF Embryo Transfer

A pre and post-transfer acupuncture session is done to help promote relaxation and to improve success rates. A well-respected study using acupuncture with IVF showed the acupuncture group had a success rate of 42.5%, compared with 26.3% in the control group when treated with acupuncture before and after their IVF embryo transfer.

Pregnancy Support (1st Trimester)

With a positive pregnancy test result, we will continue with weekly acupuncture treatments until 12-13 weeks, to help stabilize and support your pregnancy. This is especially important if you have had a previous miscarriage or with pregnancies conceived using IVF. The treatments are gentle and supportive and help promote a healthy pregnancy.

Naturopathic Doctor in Oakville, ON

Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND began her studies at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a minor in psychology. She then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario which is an accredited four-year, intensive post-graduate naturopathic medical program. As part of her studies, Dr. Lesley completed a twelve-month internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest naturopathic clinic in North America. 

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