Many pregnant women like to prepare themselves for labour and for the arrival of their new baby, both emotionally and physically. Birth centre midwifes often recommend acupuncture from week 36 as a support for this process.
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Recent analyses of the benefit of IVF patients receiving acupuncture have shown that patients who have treatment before and during the stimulation and implantation phases may benefit more than those that have acupuncture only on the day of embryo transfer (reference)
Our clinics offer one or two acupuncture treatments around the time of embryo transfer where appropriate. These are based on protocols used in clinical trials some of which showed an increase in pregnancy rates in certain groups of women receiving acupuncture (most commonly those for whom the expected pregnancy rate was 30% or less). The […]
Women undergoing IVF often use acupuncture as a adjunctive support – some report greater relaxation and control of anxiety, and overall greater resilience. The acupuncture treatment will be different for each patient and depends on symptoms.
Some IVF patients like to have an acupuncture treatment the day or two after egg collection, to help reduce any abdominal discomfort. We do not recommend having acupuncture on the same day as egg retrieval.
Many IVF patients find the “two week wait” the hardest part (even when its only 10 days!). Acupuncture may be a useful support during this time to keep the mind calm and the stress hormones low.
One of the things mentioned a lot in a traditional Chinese medicine gynaecology textbook, is the term “Regulating the Cycle”. This refers to the ideal of a 28 day menstrual cycle (give or take a few days), and a regular ovulation occurring around the middle of that cycle. This is one of the first aims […]
Janevic T et al, Fert Stert 2014, vol 102, p 530-538 Fertility and Sterility When nearly 200 men were assessed for stress and semen quality, a clear association was apparent between stressful life events and perceived stress and lower sperm count. However work related stress did not have an impact. This study is included here, […]
When author James and his wife Christiane had difficulty conceiving one of the things they decided to try was Chinese medicine. Once they succeeded in becoming pregnant it was an impetus to develop their programme of Clean and Lean diet books to Pregnancy. It includes a section by Jane Lyttleton Click to download article
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, The Age Paula Goodyer 8th June 2013 Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is finding its way into the press often these days. This is because it is occurring more and more frequently especially among young women. It is one of the main causes of infertility in younger women…
Source: Elsevier Science, Jane Lyttleton, May 2013 This text, written in plain english, for doctors of Chinese medicine and other health professionals or patients interested in knowing more about treatment options, provides an accessible and thorough description of a Chinese medicine approach of female and male reproductive health.
> Click to download PDF Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a label being given to more and more young women. Gynecologists are not yet sure what the cause of this disorder is, but its increasing prevalence is making us wonder if its something we are doing in our modern lifestyles. Part one of this article looks […]