Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning

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Cochrane S et al,  Evid Based Comp and Alt Med, 2016, Article ID 3587569, 11 pages

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

Acupuncture as a modality to improve fertility in women who had been trying to conceive for a year or more without success, was assessed in this review. It shows that women receiving acupuncture tend to conceive more rapidly than those in a control group. Read More

Some good reasons why you should think about having acupuncture before and during your IVF cycle

There are several good reasons why you should think about having acupuncture before and during your IVF cycle

……..or maybe why you shouldn’t !

 

 

Spoiler alert …..

young happy woman croppedIf you are young, and healthy and doing IVF only because of male factor or blocked tubes, acupuncture might not benefit you as much as it could other IVF patients.

UNLESS you are feeling a bit stressed about the whole thing, then you should definitely consider it.

OR if you are planning a frozen embryo transfer, there is a lot you can do to prepare the uterine lining.

Here is all the latest information about Acupuncture and IVF Read More

8 things you should know about the uterine lining, and 6 things you can do to improve implantation of an embryo.

 

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Embryo ready to implant

 

The implantation of an embryo in the uterus is a crucial early step in establishing a successful pregnancy.

Here we are talking about the first few steps of life ………

This is a hatching blastocyst, ready to find its implantation site and begin life in its new home for the next 9 months.

You can see how busy this little embryo has been just getting this far by clicking here!

 

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How to improve the Uterine Lining

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The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic

2015

IVF has taken us as far as it can with embryo quality now that screening of embryos with PGS is becoming routine. Yet only half of chromosomally normal embryos implant to become a viable pregnancy. Our attention must turn towards the uterus and the receptivity of its lining, the endometrium. Chinese medicine may be able to lead the way with helpful interventions to improve the quality of the lining.

A short slide presentation outlines some of our treatment strategies and our reasons for focusing on these.

 

Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation improves outcomes of in vitro fertilization by increasing neuropeptide Y levels: A RCT

1-s2.0-S1876382015X00023-cov150hFan Qu et al, EuJIM, 2015 Vol 7, Suppl 1, p 18

European Journal of Integrative Medicine,

 

Electrical stimulation of acupuncture points has proved to help success rates of frozen embryo transfer cycles in previous clinical trials, with evidence of improvement in the structure of the uterine lining. In this trial the levels of a certain neuropeptide was increased in the follicles of IVF patients who received electro-stimulation 2/100Hz and in the same women, the pregnancy rate was significantly improved.

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The Low Cost PCOS clinic

adelaide conferenceSource: AACMA National Conference, Adelaide, May 2015

 

The low cost PCOS clinic at Westmead was presented at the AACMA National Conference this year as a model of a public health initiative, by Jaclyn McDonald (Westmead manager) and Jane Lyttleton (Director). This model has generated a lot of interest, and will be the platform for new research initiatives at UWS. Analysis of PCOS patients attending the clinic shows a large majority with improved menstrual cycles, and fertility.

Gynecology in Chinese Medicine

Source: PMPH.  You Jiao Ling,pmph text Jane Lyttleton 2015

People’s Medical Publishing House is China’s preeminent publisher of texts in Science and Medicine. Recently they have released a series of texts for Chinese medicine students and doctors, written by top specialists in the field. This text is written by Dr You, a renowned gynaecologist, in collaboration with Jane Lyttleton.