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IVF Acupuncture - How Can We Help
The Role of Acupuncture In IVF Support
Acupuncture has been used in East Asian countries for over 2000 years to manage health conditions and treat infertility. There is growing evidence that combining acupuncture with fertility treatment may offer a higher chance of success. A recent study published in Reproductive Biomedicine has shown their findings that are consistent with our clinical results that acupuncture is dosage dependant when it comes to increased pregnancy rates and reduced miscarriages in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patients.
Acupuncture for IVF Support
Couples who have been struggling to conceive a child on their own often seek out IVF treatments because they help to ensure that a woman's egg is fertilised before the embryo transfer takes place. This form of fertility and pregnancy treatment is especially helpful in cases when the man has a low sperm count, or the woman has a health condition where she does not ovulate frequently enough.
IVF treatments are costly though because a fertility specialist has to carefully harvest the eggs and sperm from the couple, combine them in a laboratory, and then implant them into the uterus. Sometimes, they also have to store the eggs and sperm for long periods while other health issues that are causing the fertility problems are being treated. On top of this, the hefty price-tag that goes along with the procedure may be increased if conditions occur with the embryo transfer, so the IVF cycle has to be repeated several times before the implantation is a success. Luckily, some useful complementary therapies can help, though, such as IVF acupuncture.
How is Acupuncture Used to Treat Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment?
Many leading fertility specialists recommend the use of IVF acupuncture treatments and other types of complementary therapies that trigger the acupuncture points of the body to women undergoing IVF support because they have been proven to increase the chances of having a baby by up to 65 per cent. They have to be used in a specific way through. First of all, a woman must begin the IVF acupuncture months in advance of beginning their IVF cycle. Shortly after that, they can start their IVF injections, which often includes the use of special injections and hormones to prepare the body for the embryo transfer. This timing has to be carefully done because it helps increase the blood flow to the reproductive organs while reducing stress.
Can Men Use Acupuncture to Improve Their Fertility Too?
Interestingly enough, this type of Chinese medicine doesn't have to be used only on women. Men who want to increase their fertility and have a higher birth rate with their partner can have the procedure done before they donate sperm for the conception process. It seems to help them increase their chances of having a baby in the same way that it does women though, which is by improving the blood flow to their inner and outer reproductive organs. So some men may also notice an IVF acupuncture improved conditions that have a significant impact on fertility and pregnancy, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or a low sperm count.
Who Can Have Acupuncture for IVF Support Done?
IVF Acupuncture is one of the safest natural health treatments that a leading fertility specialist will suggest that a person has done as long as it is performed in a safe, clean environment by an acupuncture specialist who is specially trained in it. The only time that it can cause any risk or injury is if someone who has no prior knowledge or experience in it tries to use it outside of a clinic since this could cause an infection or damage to the skin from the potential improper placement of the needles. Because of this, any woman of any age who wants to increase their chances of having a higher birth rate from their fertility treatment can have the procedure done.
Why Is ET Acupuncture NOT The Optimised Solution
ET (Embryo Transfer) acupuncture has become popular since the Paulus Study 2002 published in 2002, which showed promising results for improved pregnancy rates. In her study, pregnancy rates were 16.2% higher in the acupuncture group at 42.5%, compared with 26.3% in the control group.
The Paulus finding and others practitioners that followed were no doubt a reason why clinics like the Adelaide City Acupuncture initially opened, however acupuncture on the day of transfer has never been all the recommendations we can give.
Our clinic's and other like clinics' practice did and still do offer acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer and use treatment protocols based on Paulus 2002 original research. However, our clinic also followed other IVF research in which it had become clear that what Traditional Chinese Medicine had to offer IVF patients was so much more than ET acupuncture. As new research continued to emerge, City Acupuncture Clinic treatments and recommendations evolve. The benefit of a higher dose of acupuncture quickly became apparent to our practitioners and patients, as our clinic began to recommend that patients focus on treatment before and during the IVF cycle.
What Else Can Acupuncture Treat?
Besides using acupuncture along with the treatment given by a fertility specialist to increase their chances of in vitro fertilisation working faster, IVF acupuncture is also beneficial for those who need help with their stress levels. Many people who are struggling with depression and anxiety because they have stressful jobs, family issues, or relationship problems turn to this procedure when they want to have help in improving their mood without the use of prescription medications that have dangerous side effects. As mentioned above, acupuncture also works great for relieving pain in the joints and muscles. And it can reduce nauseous in the women's early pregnancy.
In summary, IVF acupuncture is a simple procedure that is a safe and effective option to use in the process of helping couples to conceive a child. It should only be performed by a trained acupuncturist, though, because those who don't understand the proper way to place the needles could cause more harm than good. So if you or someone you know has been struggling with many failed attempts of in vitro fertilisation, or you want to make sure that the first time works like a charm, contact our acupuncture clinic today to make an appointment. We can work with your fertility doctor to come up with the right leading fertility plan that is specially tailored to your needs.