Acupuncture and IVF
Acupuncture at other times in the IVF cycle
I don’t know which of all the different acupuncture treatment options to choose?
If you are under 35 and you are well and healthy and not unduly stressed, and do not have a history of failed IVF cycles, then you might choose to have acupuncture just on the day of embryo transfer to increase the chance of embryo implantation.
If you would like a bit of extra support during the cycle then come once or twice a week in the month before egg collection. Acupuncture during this time regulates the stress hormones which may have an impact on follicle development and implantation of the embryo (reference).
If you have had previous failed IVF cycles then think about doing a few months of preparation with traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs and lifestyle) at one of the recommended specialist fertility clinics before you embark on another IVF cycle. It is often the case that “preparing the soil before planting the seed” can beneficially affect outcomes.
Is it a good idea to have acupuncture after egg collection?
Yes, many IVF patients have found that it is very useful to have acupuncture following the egg collection. IVF side effects are often more marked after this procedure, because even though the eggs have been removed the hormone levels are still very high.
The empty follicles often fill up again with fluid, so the feeling of abdomen fullness may persist. Some women experience cramping in the abdomen for a few days following egg collection; this tends to quickly subside with acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture also helps any ovary and abdomen swelling to subside, and by reducing inflammation and tissue trauma helps to prepare a more conducive environment for the arrival of an embryo in a few days.
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