Acupuncture and the IVF patient – does it really help?

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The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic


There has been a lot of interest in the role acupuncture can play in an IVF cycle. Here we discuss what we know and don’t know about the benefits of combining acupuncture treatment and IVF.

This slide presentation summarises all the research and brings you some conclusions

How to improve the Uterine Lining

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The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic


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.


The Low Cost PCOS clinic

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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.

Holistic Fertility Treatment

Jane Lyttleton (Director) and Bertrand Loyeung (City and Maroubra clinics) talked about the TCM approach to Fertility treatment at a very popular, standing room only, information evening put on by IVF Australia for GPs and other health professionals. This and other talks by IVF doctors were very well received, with many calls for more such events.


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Integrated Care; IVF patients as a model


The Acupuncture IVF support clinics; one example of an integrative care clinic in operation.

Our profession has seen in recent years  a lively debate about the benefits and dangers of incorporating TCM and western medicine in the same clinical setting.  There are valid arguments both for and against such a scenario.

The use of acupuncture in conjunction with IVF programmes in the management of infertility may well be at the vanguard in building and moulding a dialogue between specialists in TCM and in western medical science.

The Acupuncture IVF Support clinics in Sydney and Melbourne were created to cater to increasing demand from patients who were keen to see if acupuncture could improve their chances of conceiving with IVF. The benefits to patients and to their doctors are discussed, as well as any pitfalls.