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IVF SUPPORT

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF
A SUCCESSFUL IVF CYCLE

IVF ACUPUNCTURE

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There are so many factors and decisions involved into IVF. IVF can be an emotional and hard decision, as taking this journey means choosing a path which could develop into an extended journey by having multiple failures along the way.

Choosing the right fertility acupuncture clinic can be as important as choosing the right fertility specialist or clinic. As acupuncture can be a beneficial therapy during all the stages of an IVF cycle, selecting the right fertility acupuncturist, may help you increase the chances of a successful IVF cycle.

At Holistic Acupuncture, we offer an individualised IVF support plan. All the treatment protocols are evidence based. We aim at providing a unique service, by assisting the couple along every single step of the IVF cycle, mainly targeting at each couple’s individual needs, as couples will struggle at different areas of the IVF.

 

THE BENEFITS OF IVF ACUPUNCTURE – FEMALE

Our treatments are individually tailored and are extremely comprehensive. We work at every stage of the IVF cycle, incorporating protocols used in clinical trials shown to have improved pregnancy and live birth rate in the study group(1).

 

REDUCE STRESS LEVELS

According to clinical trials acupuncture has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress levels experienced by IVF patients. This improve fertility outcomes and the emotional health of infertile women through the process of IVF treatment(6).

INCREASE BLOOD SUPPLY TO OVARIES & UTERUS 

Research shows acupuncture improves utero-ovarian blood flow(2) (4). Since colour doppler studies shows follicular development is directly correlated to their blood supply (5), acupuncture may potentially be able to improve circulatory supply, hormone and nutrient delivery to the follicles.

HORMONAL REGULATION

Acupuncture has shown to assist with hormonal regulation which may be important to follicle development and implantation. Pregnancy and live birth rate was significantly higher in comparison to women that had no acupuncture(3).

IMPROVE ENDOMETRIAL LINING

Using acupuncture points on the abdomen months and weeks before an embryo transfer has been shown to improve the structure of the uterine lining as well as significantly improve the implantation and pregnancy rate(7).

IMPROVE LIVE BIRTH RATES

Clinical trials shows that acupuncture administered on the same day of embryo transfer improves live birth rates(8)(9).

RESEARCH

  1. Balk J et al, The relationship between perceived stress, acupuncture, and pregnancy rates among IVF patients: A pilot study. Complement Ther Clin Practice. 2010 Aug;16(3):154-7).
  2. Ming H et al, 2009 Electroacupuncture reduces uterine artery blood flow impedance in infertile women. Taiwan, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2009; 48: 148-51
  3. Magarelli, PC, D Cridennda, M Cohen. Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization–embryo transfer treatment. Fertil Steril. 2009 Dec;92(6):1870-9 Fertility and Sterility
  4.  Stener-Victorin E, et al, Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture, Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-1317.
  5. Balakier H, Stronell RD. Colour doppler assessment of folliculogenesis in in vitro fertilisation patients. Fertility Steril 1994; 62: 1211-6
  6. Grant LE, Cochrane S. Acupuncture for the mental and emotional health of women undergoing IVF treatment: A comprehensive review. Aust J Acupunct Chin Med. 2014;9(1): 5-12.
  7. Shuai Z, et al. Effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation on endometrial receptivity in women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer: a single-blind prospective randomised controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine 2014;0:1–7. doi:10.113. Acupuncture in Medicine, BMJ
  8. Manheimer E, Zhang G, Udoff L, Haramati L, Langenberg P, Berman BM, Boulter LM. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live births among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: Systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2008;336(7643): 545-49.
  9. Cheong YC et al, Acupuncture and assisted conception. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008;(4):CD006920

 

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