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 …..

If 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.

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Acupuncture and IVF – Advice to Patients

IVF Acupuncture research can be a little confusing, as much of the research has focused on treatment applied only at the time of embryo transfer. There has been quite a journey with IVF acupuncture research and while the initial studies looked at embryo transfer acupuncture, more recent research now suggests higher dose acupuncture prior to and during the IVF cycle may be of most benefit. Here we clarify what research suggests in terms of IVF Acupuncture to optimise psychological and physiological benefits. We have put together recommendations on the acupuncture treatments that may help optimise your IVF cycle by drawing on the most recent research findings (including a 2019 Meta-analysis, 2018 randomized controlled trials and 2016 Retrospective Cohort study).

Our research-based recommendations aim to clarify:

  1. When to start acupuncture and how many sessions may be of benefit
  2. Considerations surrounding Embryo Transfer Acupuncture and acupuncture in the wait between embryo transfer and pregnancy blood test.

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8 things you should know about the uterine lining, and 6 things you can do to support it


Embryo Preparing to Implant

Embryo Preparing 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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Acupuncture and IVF outcomes? Dose matters.

This article is a response to recently published research (Journal of American Medical Association 2018) on outcomes for IVF patients having acupuncture.

One of our practitioners (Amy Forth) discusses this study done by personnel working at Western Sydney University and various IVF clinics in Australia and New Zealand into the effectiveness of acupuncture in relation to IVF success.

This trial is an important one that we can learn from, however its results contradict some of the other IVF and acupuncture studies published in recent years.

What this recent study really confirms is that DOSE matters!

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Jade Formulas Chapter 1

Source: Golden Mirror Publishing, USA
Jane Lyttleton

The chapters in this manual describe the various Jade formulas (sold in the States); the first chapter presents in detail the herbs traditionally used in clinics in China for helping women who are having difficulty conceiving. It was written for TCM doctors in North America who use Kan formulas. These formulas are prescribed to follow closely the different stages of the menstrual cycle. While it is common to use Chinese herbal treatment in China, in the West we await further trials before any claims of efficacy can be made for fertility treatment with herbal medicine.

If you are a TCM practitioner and would like to see a PDF version of this chapter or the entire manual please contact ChinaBooks.

Jade Formulas Chapter 2

Source: Golden Mirror Publishing, USA
Jane Lyttleton

Some conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease can impact general and reproductive health significantly.  And while dysmenorrhoea and premenstrual syndrome are not considered to be conditions that might prevent conception, they will always be addressed by the TCM doctor, since they indicate internal and hormonal imbalances. This chapter describes formulas that have been used to treat these conditions, based on traditional and modern usage of Chinese herbs. Until more research is done in the west on the impact of Chinese herbs on these conditions we can make no claims as to their efficacy.

If you are a TCM practitioner and would like to see a PDF version of this chapter please contact ChinaBooks.


Jade Formulas Chapter 3

Source: Golden Mirror Publishing, USA
Jane Lyttleton 2013
Chapter 3; male reproductive health, whether it be related to sperm count, motility or morphology has for many hundreds of years been treated with herbal medicine in China, such formulas being based on the individual’s constitution. In the West we await further trials before claiming efficacy with herbal medicine for this condition.

If you are a TCM practitioner and would like to see a PDF version of this chapter please contact ChinaBooks.




Tiny needles, big impact

Acupuncture has the potential to help many women. Photo: Natalie Boog

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…

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Part One

Source: Health Naturally Magazine, Jane Lyttleton, 1st May 2013

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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 at all the things that contribute to or influence PCOS. Part Two (following) looks  at all the treatment options.

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IVF Alternatives

Source: Sun Herald and Sydney Morning Herald, Paula Goodyer, December 20, 2009

Acupuncture and IVF might come from opposite sides of the medical fence, but there’s growing interest in combining them. Some studies show an improvement in pregnancy rates if acupuncture is used during an IVF cycle, says Jane Lyttleton, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who works in partnership with IVF clinics. “We need more research to understand how it works,” she says.

Adds fertility specialist Dr Gavin Sacks of IVF Australia: “On balance, the research shows there may be a benefit. Some IVF clinics have taken it up, and I think it’s worth exploring. I don’t tell women they should have acupuncture – but if they ask what they can do to improve their chances, I encourage them to try it.”

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