IVF, Infertility and Acupuncture

Sally understands that for many people the quest to have a baby is often a difficult journey. Sometimes natural conception is not possible and assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF are recommended. Sally is experienced in providing treatment and support for couples and singles using fertility treatments such as IVF. Good preparation is extremely important prior to IVF to encourage a sustained pregnancy.

 

Acupuncture for IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies:

There is growing evidence that Acupuncture may increase the chances of success with IVF.  Many studies have now been conducted into various aspects of IVF Acupuncture support suggesting it can enhance the bodies functioning during this treatment.  Results are very positive suggesting IVF Acupuncture support may:

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
  • Increase pregnancy rates and live births when performed before and after IVF embryo transfer

 

IVF Acupuncture Treatment in the beginning of your IVF cycle:

You have completed your preconception Acupuncture preparation phase and now you are feeling ready to commence your IVF or ART cycle.  IVF Acupuncture treatment can be used in conjunction with your IVF cycle with a goal to:

  • Promote blood flow to your vital organs especially the uterus and ovaries
  • To alleviate some side effects of medication and help you feel comfortable
  • To calm the mind and promote relaxation
  • Reduce stress

 

IVF Acupuncture in the days prior to your embryo transfer:

The first phase of your IVF cycle is complete or maybe you are doing a Thaw IVF cycle.  In the days prior to your IVF embryo transfer Acupuncture treatment is advisable:

  • If you have undergone oocyte collection (egg pick up) and are feeling bloated, sore or unwell.
  • If you are feeling stressed or anxious I am here to help you calm your mind and relax
  • If you are feeling generally unwell or sick

 

IVF Acupuncture at the time of embryo transfer:

Many clinical trials have now been conducted into the use of Acupuncture done before and after the IVF embryo transfer.  There have been many positive results suggesting increases in pregnancy rates and live birth rates when Acupuncture is performed before and after the embryo transfer.  Sally is experienced at providing Acupuncture treatment before and after your IVF embryo transfer.

 

IVF Acupuncture before your embryo transfer:

Your IVF Acupuncture consultation before the embryo transfer can be a wonderful opportunity for you to relax and settle your mind. Treatment is tailored to meet your specific needs with a goal of preparing your body and mind for the reception of your embryo. Commonly acupuncture points that relate to promoting blood flow and relaxing the uterus are used prior to your embryo transfer.

 

IVF Acupuncture after your embryo transfer:

With your IVF embryo transfer complete you can breathe a sigh of relief.  Your post IVF embryo transfer acupuncture may be a time of deep relaxation as you lay comfortably and relax.  Acupuncture points are used to support your body and mind with a goal of reducing uterine contractions (discouraging miscarriage) and encouraging the process of embryo implantation.


Acupuncture during the “Two week wait”:

After your IVF transfer or ovulation if you are trying to conceive naturally comes a time of waiting.  For many this is a time of waiting and wondering “will I be pregnant? am I pregnant?” We understand how difficult the dreaded two week wait can be, we are here to support you.  Acupuncture treatment should be continued after the IVF transfer or from mid-cycle with a goal of

  • encouraging implantation
  • supporting energy
  • calming the mind
  • addressing individual symptoms

Fertility and Obstetrics conditions commonly treated :

  • Infertility (difficulty in falling pregnant)
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Habitual miscarriage
  • Morning sickness
  • Inducing labour
  • Difficult labour
  • Foetal malposition (breech, posterior, transverse)
  • Post partum problems (fatigue, mastitis, lack of milk)
  • Urinary problems
  • Male infertility (low sperm count and/or motility

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life but also a period where your body undergoes some intense physical, hormonal, and psychological changes. Many pregnant women are understandably reluctant to turn to pharmacological options as a way to treat their symptoms, but that doesn’t mean they have to suffer. Acupuncture can be an extremely efficient way to treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms which women may suffer from whilst pregnant, as well as assist in the healthy growth and development of the foetus.

What Can Acupuncture do?

Acupuncture has been proven to be extremely effective when it comes to maintaining the health and welfare of both mother and baby during pregnancy. Family is one of the most important institutions in traditional Chinese culture and of this, a great deal of Chinese medicine practices focus on the well being of an expectant mother and her unborn child. Traditional Chinese medicine is incredibly adept at addressing an expansive range of conditions that women can suffer from during pregnancy. Acupuncture is a natural way to treat pregnancy related conditions such as:

  • Heartburn
  • Stress
  • Morning sickness
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Back ache
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Ligament pain
  • Premature cervical ripening
  • Preeclampsia
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Insomnia

Assisting in Growth and Birth

Growth
In some instances, acupuncture can also be used to stimulate growth in a foetus which is abnormally small. This is achieved by increasing blood flow to the womb. An increase in blood flow means more nutrients and hormones are provided, boosting the rate of foetal growth.

Turning a Breech Baby
By relaxing the muscles in the abdomen, and regulating the womb, acupuncture can be used to treat breech presentation. This is a completely safe procedure done between 32 and 36 weeks and is successful in turning the baby to the correct position around 70% of the time.

Inducing Labour
Helpful in instances of overdue pregnancies, acupuncture can be used to trigger the labour process. Unlike western medicine treatments for this condition which can result in uncomfortable labour, this acupuncture induced labour tends to be smooth and relatively comfortable for the mother.