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IVF Support

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IVF Support

Increase your chance of IVF success rate

 

We work alongside IVF centres to provide acupuncture at the most appropriate times of your IVF cycle and transfers to achieve the best results for you.

 

How does acupuncture improve your chances?

 

Improve blood supply to ovaries and uterus

Research shows acupuncture improves blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. It is understood that acupuncture may also improve hormone and nutrient delivery to the follicles (1)(2).

Reduce stress levels

Clinical trials in acupuncture have shown to reduce anxiety and stress levels experienced by IVF patients (3). Stress reduced significantly for women receiving several acupuncture treatments prior to the day of embryo transfer, along with acupuncture on the day of transfer (4). Reduced stress levels can increase hormone production including progesterone, which is vital in IVF and fertility treatments.

Improves endometrial lining

Using acupuncture points on the abdomen prior to an embryo transfer has been shown to improve the structure of the uterine lining as well as significantly improve the implantation and pregnancy rate(2)(5).

Regulates hormones

Acupuncture has been shown to assist with hormonal regulation which may be important to follicle development and implantation. Additionally, pregnancy and live birth rate were significantly higher in comparison to women that had no acupuncture(6).


We know this is a very important step of your fertility journey, that’s why we use an evidenced based approach to achieve the best outcome.

When should I have acupuncture?

Acupuncture during your IVF treatment

As shown above, acupuncture can support the body to improve blood supply to the ovaries and uterus, improve endometrial lining, regulate your hormones and reduce stress levels. You can begin acupuncture at any time during your IVF treatment. Acupuncture will assist your body to naturally regulate your hormone and cycle to support your body when you undergo IVF treatment

Pre & Post IVF Transfer Acupuncture

Acupuncture before and after your IVF transfer, on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves outcomes (7). At Spring Health we provide both pre & post acupuncture on the day of your embryo transfer.


IUI & OI Support

Acupuncture treatment during an IUI and OI cycle can help to optimise your body for conception and increase chances of pregnancy. While most of the fertility-acupuncture research is done on IVF, similar principles will apply. Similarly to IVF, acupuncture to support IUI and OI works by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, regulating hormones, and helping reduce stress (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6).

There are only a few research studies examining IUI and acupuncture specifically. One study showed that women who did a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines with their IUI cycle had an increase of 50% pregnancy rate of who did the IUI alone (8). Acupuncture during OI has also be shown to support successful outcomes.

 
 

 

References

  1. Ming H et al, 2009 Electroacupuncture reduces uterine artery blood flow impedance in infertile women. Taiwan, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2009; 48: 148-51.

  2. Stener-Victorin E, et al, Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture, Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-1317.

  3. Grant LE, Cochrane S. Acupuncture for the mental and emotional health of women undergoing IVF treatment: A comprehensive review. Aust J Acupunct Chin Med. 2014;9(1): 5-12.

  4. Sutton, C., S. Pentland, and J. Roberts. “A Comparison of Stress Levels in Women Undergoing Single Versus Multiple Acupuncture Session Prior to Embryo Transfer.” Fertility and Sterility 103, no. 2 (2015): e36-e37.

  5. Shuai Z, et al. Effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation on endometrial receptivity in women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer: a single-blind prospective randomised controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine 2014;0:1–7. doi:10.113. Acupuncture in Medicine, BMJ

  6. Magarelli, PC, D Cridennda, M Cohen. Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization–embryo transfer treatment. Fertil Steril. 2009 Dec;92(6):1870-9 Fertility and Sterility

  7. Westergaard LG, Mao Q, Krogslund M, Sandrini S, Lenz S, Grinsted J. Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial. Fertility and Sterility. 2006;85(5):1341–1346. 

  8. Sela, K et al. 201. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment for women undergoing intrauterine insemination. European Journal for Integrative Medicine 2011; 3(2): e77-e81.

 

 

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