Acupuncture for IVF is becoming increasingly popular due to more and more research coming out. Some Sydney IVF clinics even provide acupuncture onsite or of course as lots of our clients do they come to their regular acupuncturist.
Depending on age, quality of sperm, egg numbers/quality realist for IVF can be as low as 2% success rate however some studies show IVF with acupuncture can be as high as 65%. And once pregnant a 95% increase in successful live birth pregnancies,
Whilst it’s not always agreed what exactly IVF acupuncture does for a client – (we know we can improve quality of eggs, sperm and blood flow ) It is agreed that acupuncture at the very minimum can relax a client and reduce stress and anxiety, which is prevalent in clients spending thousands of dollars trying to conceive.
It’s ideal to start acupuncture around three months prior to IVF, however benefits for blood flow and stress can be experienced in as little as one moth.
There are a number of stages during IVF treatment when acupuncture may be appropriate.
Acupuncture before and during the medication phase of IVF can increase blood supply to the ovaries and uterus and can lead to a significant increase in pregnancy rates.
Acupuncture after egg collection can help with the after effects of the operation. The calming effects of acupuncture also help the woman prepare for embryo transfer.
A number of clinical trials have shown up to 65% increase in pregnancy rates if acupuncture is given before and/or after transfer of the embryo. Acupuncture clinics often make appointments open and flexible to allow for changes to the transfer times.
Acupuncture for women having a frozen embryo transfer can also increase pregnancy rates.
Don’t forget the fellas, sperm is dramatically decreasing in quality and number worldwide – yet it can be improved in one cycle of sperm renewal – just 72-90 days. Studies show that acupuncture can improve sperm dramatically in both count and morphology.
With upto 3% of our growing population being as the result of IVF and acupuncture becoming a part of the proven success rates – if you are going through IVF or IUI book your consult with one of our acupuncturists today.