Acupuncture for IVF
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.
Benefits of Acupuncture
- Acupuncture works to calm the nervous system and can reduce stress and anxiety.
- Acupuncture through its effect on the nervous system can regulate the hormones.
- Lessen the side effects from drugs used in IVF.
- Acupuncture is a very relaxing treatment and most patients report a feeling of well being and improved sleep after a session.
- Acupuncture lowers levels of stress hormones which some research shows may impact IVF cycle.
- In some studies acupuncture is shown to stop muscular uterine contractions.
- Maximises chances of IVF success, pregnancy rates of 65% alongside acupuncture
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 with the high success rate 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
Colette Assor runs a Natural fertility acupuncture clinic at North West London physiotherapy centre in Hendon and in Finchley N12. Colette has 20 years clinical experience and has completed post graduate training in fertility acupuncture and is a member of the British fertility Society 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
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