Fertility depends on a balanced body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a very long history for safely improving conception by returning the body to its natural balanced state, both physically and emotionally, for a healthy pregnancy.
Bing’s Natural Health will assist you at each stage of the IVF program. We understand that this is a stressful time, so we are here to listen, support you with our best care, and help manage the anxiety associated with IVF, for a positive outcome.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a natural, safe and perfect compliment for assisted reproductive technologies(ART) including procedures such as in-vitro fertilisation(IVF). Chinese medicine looks at the body as a whole, while western medicine relies on specific tests.
Chinese Herbs and IVF
Including natural Chinese herbal treatments in your program can be a beneficial addition. Your treatment is based on your individual needs and constitution. If IVF hormonal drugs are being used to enhance ovulation, then some Chinese herbs may not be appropriate at this time.
Why combine acupuncture and IVF?
Unfortunately IVF has a very high failure rate and this failure rate increases with further IVF and age. Research shows that combining IVF acupuncture with embryo transfer significantly improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation.
Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2008 Mar 8;336(7643):545-9. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE. Epub 2008 Feb 7
Please note that using laser acupuncture for IVF may not be as effective as conventional acupuncture. However, if you are uncomfortable using needles, then you may wish to discuss the use of needle free laser acupuncture for IVF with one of our practitioners.
Acupuncture to prepare for IVF
Acupuncture treatments are recommended to prepare your whole body for 3+ months before attempting to get pregnant, because the body needs this amount of time to return to a healthier state. This greatly enhances the reproductive environment to implant and develop the embryo. The acupuncture treatments will balance hormone levels, regulate menstrual cycles, optimise ovarian function, boost the immune system, increase uterine blood circulation, maximise egg development, build a healthy endometrial lining, decrease stress, help with energy levels and reduce the side effects of the IVF medication, such as bloating, nausea, fatigue, insomnia and headaches.
Yes, we can work together with your doctor and IVF specialist.
Egg collection and IVF acupuncture
Bing’s Natural Health provides before and after acupuncture treatments for the egg pickup procedure.
Overview of IVF acupuncture at implantation
The invasive IVF egg collection process can be physically and emotionally stressful, there may be local issue trauma and bleeding, and anaesthetics may be used. This is not a nurturing environment for the embryo implant. So importantly, there will be an acupuncture treatment within the 24 hours before the embryo transfer and again within 24 hours after the embryo transfer. It is helpful if these treatments are closer to the IVF procedure.
IVF acupuncture just prior to embryo transfer
The acupuncture treatment 24 hours before the transfer will improve the reproductive environment by increasing circulation, and encouraging physical and mental relaxation.
IVF acupuncture immediately after embryo transfer
In the 24 hours after the embryo transfer, the recommendation is for an acupuncture treatment to calm the reproductive environment, support the implantation and reduce any discomfort from the transfer procedure. We are sometimes asked about massage after the embryo transfer and we do not advise this because it requires a very specific and specialised therapeutic massage which can only be given by someone with exact special training. Whereas the acupuncture treatment is perfectly safe and recommended.
Continuing acupuncture for the embryo transfer
The next acupuncture treatment will be 4-7 days after the embryo transfer to assist the implantation, followed by twelve(12) weekly treatments to keep the body in balance, sustain the pregnancy, quieten anxiety, and reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Acupuncture during pregnancy
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