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Many couples dealing with infertility issues have turned to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), in hopes that it will result in a pregnancy. Acupuncture treatments can be used along with reproductive technologies, such as IVF, IUI and ICSI, to boost the chances of a successful conception. When combining reproductive technologies with fertility acupuncture, my clients have experienced impressive results in getting pregnant! There have been various studies performed on how acupuncture can help increase the effectiveness of assisted reproductive therapies to improve the best possible outcome and increase live birth rates.

  • In one study, 160 participants were divided into two groups. One received acupuncture before and after the embryo transfer. The other group did not

  • The clinical outcome documented that 42.5% of patients in the acupuncture group became pregnant

  • Only 26.3% of participants in the non-acupuncture group became pregnant

  • The study concluded that acupuncture is a useful tool for improving pregnancy rates when used in conjunction with assisted reproductive therapies

For the best possible outcome, it is best to prepare for IVF with acupuncture treatments three months ahead of time. Treatment Plans may vary depending on the type of cycle, Fresh embryo transfer or Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET).

Acupuncture can assist IVF & IUI in the following ways:

  • To improve blood flow to the uterus

  • To promote ovulation

  • To make the body more adjustable to the hormones used during treatment

  • To decrease stress level

  • To avoid OHSS, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

IVF & IUI Support Schedule

The sooner you start acupuncture, the better result you can get. So start it as soon as you can before the IVF begins, and keep it in a weekly basis.

  • Once a week during nasal spray suppressant period

  • Twice a week during ovulation induction with electric stimulation
    One treatment one day before the transferring and one just after

  • If the woman has low progesterone, keep acupuncture twice a week till pregnant. Still keep acupuncture once a week for a certain period of time to avoid miscarriage.

For questions on IVF techniques and how can acupuncture help, please ask the experts at:

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