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

Source: 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 is a platform for new research initiatives. Initial analysis of PCOS patients attending the clinic showed a majority with improved menstrual cycles, and fertility.

Holistic Fertility Treatment

Source: IVF Australia, Centennial Parklands, Sydney , March 2015

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.


Infertility Treatment at the Cutting Edge of Traditional and Biomedical Discourse.

Source: IASTAM International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine, Sue Cochrane and Jane Lyttleton, September 2009
This, the Seventh International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine, held in Bhutan attracted doctors and medical anthropologists from all parts of the world.There was much fruitful discussion on different ways of treating medical conditions and models for research.


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Chinese medicine and the IVF patient

Source: Merck Serono Symposia; Synchronising ART, Jane Lyttleton, May 2009
This 2 day Synchronising ART Foundations program was designed for nurses and support personnel working in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Jane Lyttleton's talk presented a basic understanding of how Chinese Medicine approaches the diagnosis and treatment of infertilty, and looked at evidence that supports possibilities of how Chinese medicine might improve IVF outcomes.


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Integrated Care; IVF patients as a model

Source: AACMA National Conference, Jane Lyttleton & Sue Cochrane,, May 2009
Many patients choose to use different medical systems when addressing various health issues. Jane Lyttleton and Sue Cochrone examine what this means for patients in  different countries and different settings and particularly for IVF patients in Australia. This paper, which was awarded Best Overall Paper of the conference, also examined the unique role practitioners play in such scenarios.


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.