You probably hear a lot about acupuncture whether trying to conceive naturally or through IVF. Research shows that acupuncture improves blood flow to the ovaries and the endometrium. This allows the ovaries to function at their peak and helps to increase the lining thickness of the uterus. A short treatment prior to and immediately after embryo transfer is shown to increase the chances of implantation.
In preparation for an IVF cycle acupuncture can help regulate hormones, improve the menstrual cycle and promote ovulation whilst relieving stress by working on the central nervous system.
Most patients feel that acupuncture helps them to sleep better and have a more relaxed and optimistic state of mind. Research shows that acupuncture increases the success rates with IVF treatment and, therefore, it is highly recommended.
Men: It’s also very helpful for enhancing sperm count and motility whilst alleviating stress.
At Bump we prefer to see women once weekly approaching an IVF cycle and on days 3, 6 & 9 of drug cycle. This is then followed by a short pre/post treatment on the day of embryo transfer to assist with implantation. If trying to conceive naturally then we would ideally like to see patients weekly for around 12 weeks. You can certainly keep trying to conceive during that time. We will discuss more about acupuncture over the coming days.
It’s amazing to see women coming in to us on the day of embryo transfer – stressed and in some cases very anxious (especially the ones who have never done it before). By the time they leave for transfer they are usually relaxed and ready. There is a lot to be said for that.
We as acupuncturists really feel a sense of satisfaction when a patient has had a great result from an acupuncture session. Perhaps we should all join the club!
Visit us at The Fertility Pod Acupuncture & Nutrition for more exciting information.