Acupuncture for IVF
Acupuncture is the most commonly used complementary treatment alongside IVF treatment and has become integrated into many of the best fertility clinics across the world.
A study in 1992 found that conception rates with acupuncture rose to 42.5% compared to a non acupuncture control group that achieved a success rate of only 26.5%.¹ The interest generated by this research led to similar trials, which produced similar results. More recently the British Medical Journal analysed all the available research that stood up to rigorous scrutiny.² This large study involving 1366 patients also found that acupuncture significantly increases the success of IVF treatment.
In practical terms they concluded acupuncture creates one additional pregnancy for every 10 cycles of IVF performed.
HOW IT CAN HELP YOU
It has been suggested that acupuncture may increase implantation rates through³:
• regulating stress hormones that affect implantation
• modulating neuroendocrinological factors (regulating hormone levels)
• increasing blood flow to the uterine lining
• modulating cytokines and immune response
1) Paulus, et.al. Fertility and Sterility Vol: 77, No. 4, APRIL 2002
2) Manheimer E, Zhang G, Udoff L, et al. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and
meta-analysis. BMJ 2008;336(7643):545-549.
3) Anderson BJ, Haimovici F, Ginsburg ES, Schust DJ, Wayne PM, In vitro fertilization and acupuncture: clinical efficacy and mechanistic basis. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007
A recent systematic review in the British Medical Journal concluded that using acupuncture alongside IVF achieved a 65% clinical pregnancy rate. This study involved giving acupuncture shortly before and after embryo transfer. Research shows acupuncture can reduce uterine contractions and as a consequence may reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Our Acupuncture and IVF Programme
It is recommended to have weekly acupuncture from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer. We used the most up to date protocols together with treating each person as an individual to manage side effects and obtain the best possible treatment outcome.
Acupuncture After Egg Collection
IVF patients are recommended to have an acupuncture treatment after egg collection, to reduce any local tissue trauma or bleeding, and help prepare a calm environment for the arrival of an embryo.
Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer (or Frozen Embryo Transfer)
We recommend a fertility acupuncture session before embryo transfer and after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rates. Ideally, this is recommended on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment.
This protocol is the same for frozen embryo transfers (FET).
Acupuncture and Implantation
We recommend two fertility acupuncture treatments during the two week wait period before you take a pregnancy test. The first treatment is to support implantation.
Implantation time can vary depending on when the embryos were transferred. It is usually about 2-3 days after a day 3 embryo transfer, and the day of or the day after a day 5 embryo transfer. The second treatment during the two week wait is to support you emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
We encourage our patients to have acupuncture for a 2 – 3 month period, to prepare for an IVF cycle. The reason for this is to work on the health of the eggs and prepare the body for a healthy pregnancy. However we accept patients at all stages of their IVF journey and can also offer a 6 week programme for both frozen and fresh transfer. Please call 0208 368 1130 for more information.
Fertility Acupuncturist – Colette Assor LicAc MBAcC
Call 0208 368 1130 for a free 15 mins telephone consultation
Colette Assor runs a Natural fertility acupuncture clinic at North West London physiotherapy centre in Hendon and in Finchley N12. Colette has 19 years clinical experience and has completed post graduate training in fertility acupuncture and is a member of the British fertility Society .Colette is also a member of a network of highly experienced acupuncturists who work as part of a team to give you the best possible treatment outcome. Colette is a proud member of the British Acupuncture Council and abides by a strict code of conduct.
“ Colette was a life saver. I would thoroughly recommend her as a kind caring and extremely professional acupuncturist. I had 6 sessions of acupuncture alongside my IVF. I found the acupuncture helped me relax and was a big help on the IVF rollercoaster. I now have a healthy baby boy and am so pleased i tried the acupuncture. ” BO, Hendon
“Thank you so much Colette for all your support throughout the IVF process and pregnancy. We have a beautiful baby girl – a dream come true. We will always be thankful for your caring support and dedication ” M.A, NW9
Please call 0208 368 1130 for a free telephone consultation. or skype call: colette.assor
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