FERTILITY & IVF SUPPORT
Significant research has been done on the benefits of acupuncture in supporting women undergoing IVF treatments. It has been found that using acupuncture along with IVF achieved a 42.5% clinical pregnancy rate compared to only 26% in the group that did not receive acupuncture
How does Acupuncture Help?
increases blood flow to the ovaries to help nourish the developing follicles, and create better egg quality.
regulates hormones improving ovarian function, egg quality, and proper progesterone levels.
enhances thickness of the uterine lining.
reduces stress and calms anxiety to improve reproductive function.
improve the response to medications and help mitigate the side effects.
The blood carries the nutrients, hormones, and other healing factors needed to the pelvic area, encouraging the reproductive organs such as the ovaries, uterus, testicles, and brain to function optimally.
As for pre and post embryo transfer, according to the Paulus study, a 25 minute treatment before and after an embryo transfer increases the chance of a successful pregnancy. The patients who received acupuncture had higher ongoing pregnancy rates than those who did not. In fact, acupuncture significantly increased the odds of pregnancy, up to 2.23 times in fresh-non-doner IVF patients!
Starting acupuncture at any point during a cycle is greatly beneficial but always recommend to best begin approximately 2 - 4 months prior to your IVF procedure.