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IVF Acupuncture

IVF AcupunctureIn Chinese Medicine, fertility depends on a balanced body. 

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult with your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

Bing’s Natural Health can 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 stress associated with IVF.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

Why combine acupuncture and IVF?

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult with your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

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.

Your health practitioner/s may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. Since there is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult with your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you. For example, below are possible acupuncture adjunct treatments for each stage of the IVF program, depending on the recommendations of your health practitioner/s. 

 

Acupuncture to prepare for IVF

Acupuncture treatments to prepare your whole body for 3+ months before attempting to get pregnant because the body may need this amount of time to return to a healthier state and potentially enhance the reproductive environment to implant and develop the embryo. The acupuncture treatments may also reduce the side effects of the IVF medication, such as nausea and headaches.

 

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; and this may not be a nurturing environment for the embryo implant. So there can be an acupuncture treatment within the 24 hours before the embryo transfer and again within 24 hours after the embryo transfer. It is suggested that these treatments are close to the IVF procedure.

 

IVF acupuncture just prior to embryo transfer

An acupuncture treatment 24 hours before the transfer.

 

IVF acupuncture immediately after embryo transfer

An acupuncture treatment in the 24 hours after the embryo transfer. We are sometimes asked about massage after the embryo transfer and we do not advise this because our understanding is that it requires a very specific and appropriate therapeutic massage which can only be given by someone with this exact special training.

 

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 and quieten stress.

 

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult with your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.