We can work with you to prepare you for your IVF cycle and help you every step of the way, helping maximise your chances of a successful cycle, and keeping you calm and relaxed through the process.
For Acupuncture to be truly effective it should be undertaken by the couple for at least 3-6 cycles prior to IVF.
This time is required to:
- Help improve the menstrual health cycle,
- Improve endometrial receptivity,
- Maximize sperm and egg quality,
- It can help reduce drug side effects,
- It is proven to support embryo transfer,
- Acupuncture is proven to reduce anxiety levels in women undergoing IVF.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HELP TO INCREASE A POSITIVE PREGNANCY OUTCOME?
Presently, there are lots of different pieces of research stating different thoughts however the most commonly quoted research is from the Dept of Reproductive Medicine, Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Ulm Germany. It was published in Fertil Steril 2002:77;721-4. 2002 by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (It is also known as the German protocol.)
It studied 160 patients undergoing IVF randomized into two groups of 80. The treatment group received acupuncture at the same points before and after embryo transfer. Clinical outcomes were 34 out of the 80 patients (42.5%) achieved a positive pregnancy test in the Acupuncture group in comparison to 21 out of the 80 patients(26.3%) in the control group.
The thought behind this is that acupuncture preformed at the time of transfer or as near as possible to it helps to reduce any uterine contractions which might result in an embryo being expelled or that could prevent a successful implantation.
Another more recent study conducted in China on over 5.500 women showed that pregnancy and birth rates improved when acupuncture was administered when compared to the no acupuncture group. Cui Hong Zheng et al, 2012 Fert Steril, online 11 January 2012
[Taken from the Acupuncture of Ireland website]
“Our baby was born on the 15th of January. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help as we went through the IVF. I know the acupuncture was a huge help to us in contributing to the IVF being successful, and I always found it so relaxing. We are so happy! Thanks again, Jean.”