Acupuncture and IVF

There are many and various ways that acupuncture can support the IVF patient.

Our clinic opened in 2008 specifically to address the needs of IVF patients and to work with IVF clinics in Sydney and Melbourne – the first of its kind in Australia. In the last 12 years we have seen many thousand IVF patients and have been happy to know that we are making a difference to their cycle, whether that be in terms of outcomes or management of stress and anxiety. At the outset we created a small manual of treatment protocols that were specific to each stage of the IVF cycle. Some of these were based on research findings and some were based on TCM diagnostic principles. Over the years, as patient demands multiplied, as our experience grew and research findings developed, our treatment guidance manual grew to many times the size – we called it the Manual Of Every Thing – MOET. Read More

Frozen embryo transfer

Many IVF clinics like to transfer embryos into a natural environment. Embryos that have been frozen and successfully thawed are transferred back into a uterus in its natural state at exactly the right time for implantation. In addition to applying TCM principals and an individual approach we may use mild electro-stimulation on acupuncture points on the abdomen in the weeks before the transfer.

 

Preparing to conceive – a healthy diet

There is much information and misinformation about what constitutes a good preconception diet. From a Chinese medicine point of view the middle road is usually the healthiest where moderation of some foods is recommended and a good balance of healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables with adequate protein is encouraged. A TCM practitioner takes into account the different constitution and situation of each individual before dietary advice is given.

A properly functioning digestive system is an important focus of treatment, so that nutrients are absorbed and utilised well. In the clinic we will ask you about digestive issues such as bloating, bowel disorders, reflux, cravings or low appetite.

 

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Preparing to conceive – weight loss

If you are overweight a little bit of weight loss goes a long way to improving fertility. Losing 5 kg is a manageable target for most and you can start now. Just moving your metabolism a little bit in the direction of burning off fat stores, can stimulate ovarian activity, improve egg and sperm quality and increase fertility.

In the acupuncture clinic, an analysis of your constitution and the possible reasons for your weight gain (the TCM diagnosis) by an experienced practitioner will lead to an comprehensive individualised treatment plan designed to support you in a weight loss programme in a safe and stable manner.

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Preparing to conceive – the eggs

The environment that eggs occupy during their lengthy maturation process in the ovary has an impact on what shape they are in before meeting a sperm (with or without an IVF embryologist in attendance).  They need a good blood supply, the right nutrients, the right hormone signals and the capacity to supply enough energy to the embryo.

This has important implications, particularly for eggs that are coming from slightly older ovaries (and possibly for eggs coming from women with PCOS or endometriosis). While no treatment can turn back the clock, or change the DNA, the follicular and whole body environment within which the eggs develop is worth looking after.

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