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.
OR if you are planning a frozen embryo transfer, there is a lot you can do to prepare the uterine lining.
Here is all the latest information about Acupuncture and IVF Read More
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!
Source: Golden Mirror Publishing, USA
This and the following articles describe the Jade formulas (sold in the States). They include information that is most useful to TCM doctors, but may also be of interest to women and men who are interested in Chinese herbal medicine. Formulas for functional female infertility follow the menstrual cycle closely. This article describes in detail the herbs traditionally used in clinics in China.
Source: Golden Mirror Publishing, USA
Gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease can impact fertility (and quality of life) significantly. Similarly fibroids and polyps may also impact fertility, or cause troublesome symptoms. And while dysmenorrhoea and premenstrual syndrome are not considered causes of infertility, they will always be addressed by the TCM doctor, since they indicate internal and hormonal imbalances. Chinese medicine has long used herbal medicines to treat these conditions.
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Well known Womens Health Mag is promoting acupuncture for women’s health including fertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a label being given to more and more young women. The specialists 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 including acupuncture.
Treatment for PCOS is limited but excitingly Chinese medicine is proving to offer good alternatives to pharmaceutical or surgical options. This is especially in the case of women who are not ovulating frequently or who are trying to conceive.
People’s Medical Publishing House is China’s preeminent publisher of texts in Science and Medicine. Recently they have released a series of texts for Chinese medicine students and doctors, written by top specialists in the field. This text is written by Dr You, a renowned gynaecologist, in collaboration with Jane Lyttleton.
When author James and his wife Christiane had difficulty conceiving they turned to Chinese medicine for help. 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 called Infertility Explained by Jane Lyttleton Click to download PDF
A series of formulations based on classical Chinese herbal scripts for fertility and other gyneacological concerns, modified to incorporate modern research findings. These formulations include those which address Female infertility, Male infertility, PCOS, Endometriosis, Premenstrual syndrome, Dysmenorrhoea and Heavy periods. You will find downloads of all the chapters of this book under articles.
Or should IVF patients have acupuncture during the whole cycle? Its not for everyone
Electro-stimulation of certain acupuncture points can help your uterine lining to develop a three layer structure that is favourable to implantation.
Click here to find out more……
Watch the magic of time lapse photography tracking a newly fertilised egg as it becomes a Blastocyst and bursts out of its skin!
Channel Nine interviews Delia McCarthy, at the Maroubra Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic and Caroline Smith, Research consultant about the trial to be conducted, examining the effect of acupuncture on IVF outcomes.
To view this programme please see MSN archives.
One of the changes sweeping through our society this century is that women are having fewer children, later in life. That may explain why the use of IVF to assist pregnancy is growing by up to 15% a year in Australia. But experts say that science and technology has reached a plateau, and improvements in the success of these fertility treatments may only come from entirely different medical traditions – like acupuncture. Mark Horstman travels to Beijing and Adelaide to find out.
Kelly McGonigals TED talk on reframing stress: Is it time to change the way we think about stress? It certainly appears to be the case when mortality related to stress is examined. We would like to know if befriending rather than avoiding stress might be helpful for infertile couples. And in the meantime for those who cannot avoid stress, acupuncture has an excellent track record for helping to manage it, so that it doesnt affect sleep or well being.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Source; msn news, 18th April 2017
Some overweight women and some women with PCOS have a hard time controlling their blood sugar levels, and this can make dieting and weight loss particularly difficult. Amazingly it appears that just one electroacupuncture treatment can reduce blood sugar, in much the same way that vigorous exercise does. Repeated electroacupuncture treatments also improve ovary function in PCOS patients.
Read more here
Source; SBS News, AAP. 18th July 2017
Our colleagues at Western Sydney Uni have released a paper proving something many of our patients already know, acupuncture helps period pain. And the effects last up to a year. When period pain improves, not only does quality of life look up, but we know from our TCM understanding that removing the stasis causing the pain, can also be seen as a marker of improved fertility.
See the full SBS news report here