Acu8 Health Perth Fertility Pregnancy Acupuncture

Acupuncture has become a popular choice for many couples experiencing difficulty conceiving. Couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatments invest an immense amount of time, money and energy into the process of conceiving and so adjunct methods of support are often sought.

There is some research evidence that acupuncture may support assisted reproductive treatments, such as IVF, and there is also broad agreement by Chinese medicine practitioners as well as other health practitioners about acupunctures usefulness as an adjunct to IVF. A 2008 review of acupuncture’s effect on IVF treatment in the British Medical Journal stated that acupuncture could increase a woman’s chance of pregnancy by 65%. At the same time, IVF & ICSI acupuncture is safe and no adverse effects were reported. A more recent (2017) systematic review by Qian et al found that acupuncture improves the clinical pregnancy rate among women undergoing IVF.

Our clinic opened in 2012 specifically to address the needs of IVF patients and to work with IVF clinics in Perth. In the last 10 years we have seen many IVF patients and have been happy to know that we are making a difference to their cycle, whether that be in terms of outcomes or management of stress and anxiety.

Our practitioners support couples undergoing IVF & ICSI in a number of ways:

  • May improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs;
  • May balance fertility hormones for e.g. FSH, LH and Oestrogen;
  • May increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining;
  • May help with emotions such as anxiety and stress;
  • May reduce the side effects of drugs used in IVF or ICSI;
  • May promote successful implantation;
  • May support a sustained pregnancy;
  • May improve the quality of sperm.

 

Our caring and experienced practitioers have a thorough knowledge of the IVF process and assist couples on a daily basis. Based on evidence-based protocols and TCM diagnostic principles, we design the treatments plan specific to each stage of the your IVF cycle.

Different stage of IVF & ICSI treatment

Acupuncture & Chinese herbs prior to starting your IVF cycle helps balance your body including regulating your cycle, assisting with ovulation and Improve semen quality and quantity. To create a flourishing garden, first we imbue the earth with nutrients & moisten mulch and then we till the soil. We do these things before we plant the seeds.

We recommend that once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks prior to IVF or ICSI medication to prepare your body. This procedure is the same prior to frozen embryo transfers. However, if you have missed this window, do not worry. Our practitioners will assess and recommend an individualized treatment plan for you. We believe your own reproductive and overall health are the foundations of a successful IVF or ICSI program, a sustained pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help the ovaries respond better to the stimulation drugs by producing more follicles and good quality eggs. It can also thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for the transfer of embryos and reduce the side-effects of the drugs.

We recommend once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments during this phase.

After egg collection, acupuncture can reduce any local tissue trauma or bleeding and help prepare a better environment for the arrival of an embryo.

We recommend one treatment 1~2 days after the egg collection.

Research has shown very positive results having one session of acupuncture before embryo transfer and one after transfer (including frozen embryo transfer). These treatments show an increase of both clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates.

We recommend two acupuncture treatments before and after embryo transfers within 24 hours.

Acupuncture during this period potentially supports the implantation process, keeps your energy up and mind calm.

We recommend 3-4 treatments between the time of embryo transfer and the pregnancy test. If your pregnancy test is positive, we would strongly recommend ongoing treatments throughout your first semester.

IVF & ICSI acupuncture for male:

Acupuncture & Chinese herbs may increase sperm motility and quantity as well as decrease their abnormal forms. For some men whose semen have no sperm and may require testicular biopsy as part of the IVF or ICSI procedures, acupuncture may also help the production of their sperm.

We recommend once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks prior to sperm donation and 1 treatment before sperm donation to reduce anxiety and increase blood flow to the genital area.

Let acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine aid in your efforts to conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy to term.

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