Infertility, IVF and Acupuncture

Do you know that acupuncture can help with infertility and IVF?

Many people are choosing acupuncture to help with infertility and IVF and apart from Muscular Skeletal problems such as a bad back or neck problems, it is one of the most popular things an acupuncturist will deal with.

How does acupuncture help with infertility?

Acupuncture is thought to increase the blood flow to the ovaries, which may improve egg quality and increase follicle count. Its also thought to improve blood circulation within the uterus and helps promote successful implantation. Acupuncture can help with the side effects of medications used in IVF and helps decrease uterine contractions, which encourages implantation and prevents miscarriage. Acupuncture can also help reduce the stress of trying to get pregnant, as well as balancing and supporting general health.

Can acupuncture help with IVF?

Acupuncture is used to help optimise the conditions for IVF to work.  Patients should commence acupuncture around 3 months prior to IVF treatment and receive regular acupuncture treatments. This should carry on throughout the suppression phase, and through the stimulation protocol, until the time of transfer. Acupuncture should also be used before and after embryo transfer.

The Daily Mail discusses how ‘acupuncture can boost chances of getting pregnant through IVF’  Read the article here…

What fertility issues can acupuncture help with?

  • Stress-related infertility
  • Elevated FSH
  • Endometriosis
  • Frequent miscarriage
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Autoimmune antibodies
  • Irregular periods
  • Anxiety / depression
  • Side effects of hormone treatment

Does acupuncture help with male infertility?

If a man has been diagnosed with a low sperm count or motility problems, acupuncture and maybe highly beneficial, particularly prior to any lab-assisted fertility procedures. I often treat a patients’ partner, and this can contribute to successful pregnancy.

 

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt tried acupuncture recently to get pregnant and this is what she said...

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