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IVF Support and Treatment Options

There are a number of TCM treatment options available to support your IVF cycle, to increase the chance of a successful implantation of the embryo/s.

Below are some suggested treatment options:

Acupuncture on the Day Embryo transfer

These treatments are based on protocols used in clinical trials showing up to 65% increase in pregnancy rates. This is done before and/or after transfer.

Acupuncture Before and During the Medication Phase of IVF

This usually involves weekly acupuncture treatments that are based on protocols which demonstrate increased blood supply to the uterus and ovaries and a beneficial regulation of hormones which is important in the development of healthy follicles and implantation.

Acupuncture During Any Phase of the IVF Cycle

Acupuncture can effectively be used to manage common side effects and anxiety that you may experience during your IVF treatment. Common complaints that can be alleviated include: fatigue, abdominal bloating, anxiety/irritability/moodiness, hot flushes and insomnia. Following acupuncture, most women report a decrease in their stress levels and an improved ability to manage anxiety associated with IVF.

Acupuncture During the First Weeks of Pregnancy

Acupuncture can be used to improve and enhance the circulation of the uterine lining and the developing embryo. This is particularly important if you have a history of clotting factors. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to have immune-regulating effects which can be important in reducing the risk of rejection by the mother’s immune system as the embryo implants and the pregnancy progresses. Treatment usually involves weekly acupuncture up until 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Acupuncture For Sperm Problems

Treatment usually involves acupuncture weekly for 6 weeks prior to an IVF cycle.