Acupuncture and IVF Programme
Acupuncture Before IVF
Fertility acupuncture, reflexology and nutrition for at least 3-4 months prior to IVF is recommended to prepare the body for treatment and to ensure that both partners are in their optimum state of health emotionally and physically.
During this time, it is possible to have an impact on the health of both the egg and improve the quality of the sperm.
Even a six week fertility acupuncture programme prior to commencing IVF or fertility treatment is beneficial.
Acupuncture During IVF
There are varying fertility protocols with different timeframes. We recommend weekly acupuncture for the women from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer.
Acupuncture Before Egg & Sperm Collection
We recommend a single fertility acupuncture treatment for the male prior to sperm collection to relieve anxiety.
Where there is male factor infertility, a fertility acupuncture programme is recommended for the male to optimise sperm quality, motility and count.
Acupuncture After Egg Collection
IVF patients are recommended to have an acupuncture treatment after egg collection, to reduce any local tissue trauma or bleeding, and help prepare a calm environment for the arrival of an embryo.
Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer (or Frozen Embryo Transfer)
We recommend a fertility acupuncture before embryo transfer and acupuncture after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rates.
Ideally, this is recommended on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment.
This protocol is the same for frozen embryo transfers (FET).
Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer Research trials shows that fertility acupuncture before embryo transfer and acupuncture after embryo transfer, may improve pregnancy rates by up to 65%.
Acupuncture during this time is highly recommended by many fertility clinics worldwide and some clinics incorporate acupuncture as part of their IVF treatments.
Acupuncture and Implantation
We recommend two fertility acupuncture treatments during the two week wait period before you take a pregnancy test. The first treatment is to support implantation.
Implantation time can vary depending on when the embryos were transferred. It is usually about 2-3 days after a day 3 embryo transfer, and the day of or the day after a day 5 embryo transfer.
Acupuncture Before Your Pregnancy Test
The second treatment during the two week wait is to support you emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
If you have a positive pregnancy test...
We recommend weekly acupuncture treatment during the first trimester, including 12/13.
This is particularly important for older women, where there is a history of miscarriage, and if the pregnancy was a result of IVF as there is a higher risk of miscarriage in IVF induced pregnancies.
The aim of acupuncture is to promote a holding function of the uterus and to promote relaxation.
The treatments are gentle and supportive in promotion of a healthy pregnancy. We offer acupuncture Programme during pregnancy (programme) to support all stages of (pregnancy).
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