In the month before your IVF/ICSI cycle, an evidence-based acupuncture protocol is followed to prepare your Healthy 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.