Acupuncture to support IVF

Study found (reference Lifang Liang 2003 Acupuncture & IVF) that by using acupuncture with IVF achieved a 42% clinical pregnancy rate in a test group, compared to 26% in the group that did not receive acupuncture.

The rate increases to at least 60% with broader support of Chinese herbs, acupuncture and specific diet/nutrition in preparation for and support throughout the IVF procedure.

improving success rates

Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture can help to improve the success rate of IVF via:

  • Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs

  • Produce a larger number of follicles

  • Increase the thickness of the endometrium wall

  • Prevent the uterus from contracting

  • Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF

  • Improve semen quality and quantity

  • Decrease chances of miscarriage

  • Strengthen the immune system

  • Decrease the stress to relax

During the IVF process

One month prior IVF procedure with start of contraceptive pills, to allow the ovaries to rest and to regulate the hormones. During this time it’s recommended to have weekly Acupuncture, together with Herbs and Nutrition to supplement the qi, nourish the blood and to relax the mind, emotions and body.

Stimulation of ovaries for IVF, to produce more follicles. During this time Acupuncture helps to produce more follicles and thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for the transfer of embryos. It can also help to reduce the side effects of the drugs.

Before the transfer of embryos for IVF, this treatment can help to slightly dilate the cervical opening to easily transfer the embryo into the uterus. Helps to calm the patient to further relax the uterus, therefore less cramping so helps with the implantation.

After the transfer of embryos for IVF, maintain implantation of the embryo and to nourish embryo growth. To bring calmness and relaxation.

The pre and post of embryo transfer, the treatment with Acupuncture should be as close as possible of the transfer. Each treatment is close to 45min, done at the clinic. After the post-treatment, it’s recommended to have a relaxed and restful day with nourishing food, advised by Maria.

During the IVF process, Maria works closely with the patient and the obstetrician, to give you the most valuable care, support and comfort during this time.

During the IVF cycle, Maria will also advise with Lifestyle recommendations as this will assist with further relaxation and balance. Nutrition advice for nourishment to qi and blood that is very important during the cycle.