If you begin acupuncture treatment three months before your IVF transfer, your chances of a successful pregnancy may be enhanced. Studies have shown that women who underwent acupuncture before, during and after IVF embryo transfer increased their chances of pregnancy by up to 42 percent. The pregnancy success rate of those who did not undergo acupuncture was only 26 percent.
Acupuncture and IVF
The World Health Organization and the National Institutes for Health have found that acupuncture is a viable and accepted method of treating female infertility.
- Enhances IVF success rates
- Reduces stress during IVF treatment
- Enhances ovarian function
- Increases blood supply to reproductive organs – especially the uterus
Acupuncture Therapy Basics
Acupuncture points are located on meridians through which gi vital energy runs. The procedure involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin in targeted areas of the head, torso, limbs and extremities. These needles are inserted at various depths, depending upon the patient’s diagnosed medical condition.
A healthy body is the result of a harmonious balance of the life force known by traditional Chinese medicine as gi or chi – energies flowing through pathways within the body. There are 350 acupuncture points in the human body. The body’s energy pathways are accessed through the insertion of small, thin needles in targeted areas of discomfort to release or redirect the body’s energy. Through acupuncture therapy, the body is brought back into its proper balance.
The acupuncture points chosen for treatment of female infertility result in:
- Better blood perfusion and energy in the uterus
- Relaxation of the patient
- Stabilization of the endocrine system
The IVF Embryo Transfer Acupuncture Plan
Acupuncture can begin at any time during your fertility treatment – but this is the best plan of action:
- Plan an acupuncture treatment on the morning of your transfer
- Plan another in the afternoon following your transfer
- Book an acupuncture session five days after your transfer
- Book a follow up acupuncture session 5 to 7 days later
Other holistic therapies have proved to help IVF pregnancy success rates. These therapies can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance your IVF pregnancy success rate.
- Light Yoga
Beginning acupuncture therapy before you start a fertility drug regimen will help to prepare your body for the physical stress it is about to undergo. Turning to acupuncture during your fertility drug regimen will help with unpleasant side effects:
IVF Doctor With Pregnancy Success
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs wants to help you to achieve your dream of having a baby through state-of-the-art IVF treatment, while at the same time doing everything he can to reduce your overall stress. The Doctor has a new office location in Chicagoland's beautiful Hoffman Estates. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.