In Vitro Fertilization
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body. The process usually includes stimulating ovulation, retrieving eggs from a woman's ovaries and allowing the sperm to fertilize the eggs in a laboratory setting. The fertilized egg is then cultured and implanted in a woman's uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
Acupuncture with IVF
Studies have shown that acupuncture can increase the success of IVF.
Scientific research on the effects of acupuncture is relatively new but continues to develop at an ever-increasing rate. The landmark German study in 2002 by Wolfgang E. Paulus1 compared pregnancy rates of two groups of women undergoing IVF. The group receiving acupuncture 25 minutes before, and 25 minutes after embryo transfer had a pregnancy rate of 42.5% compared to 26% for the non-acupuncture group.
Embryo Transfer Treatments
The most common way Traditional Chinese Medicine is used for patients undergoing IVF is by providing acupuncture treatments done on the day of the embryo transfer, both pre- and post- transfer.
Time Acupuncture routinely administers pre- and post-transfer acupuncture treatments for IVF patients of Pacific Fertility Center, UCSF and other Bay Area fertility clinics.
Our acupuncture treatment plan for IVF patients can include treatments pre-conception and pre-egg-retrieval and goes far beyond just the pre- and post- embryo transfer treatments.
Wherever possible, Time Acupuncture strongly recommends that patients receive consistent acupuncture treatments in the 4 to 6 months prior to the IVF retrieval-fertilization-transfer cycle.
Consistent acupuncture treatments can balance your hormones, improve your overall health and fertility naturally, and put you in the best position to conceive before the cycle even begins.
Benefits of IVF Acupuncture
Patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization can use acupuncture to:
Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
Improve the lining of the uterus
Regulate fertility hormones which may improve the quantity and quality of follicles
Minimize IVF and medication symptoms
Reduce stress pre- and post- transfer
Decrease chance of miscarriage and increase the chance of implant and full-term birth
Prevent uterine contraction post- transfer
Improve male factor — volume, motility, and morphology