Supporting assisted conception
Acupuncture is a safe, effective natural treatments which can help create the optimum environment for conception. If you are undergoing assisted conception we are understand the drug regime that you are under and work with what your body is dealing with as well as aiding with the side effects.
Ideally, it’s advised that the couple meet with their acupuncturist from between 3-6 months prior to IVF. This is so that treatment can support eggs and sperm which take around 90 days to mature.
Acupuncture can have a very positive effect on natural fertility and for those undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (IVF, ICSI, IUI). It can help with many issues including hormonal imbalances, PCOS, irregular periods and low sperm count to name just a few.
To get the best results treatment should be weekly or fortnightly for a few months, if possible.
Treatment Plan During IVF, ICSI
Down regulation, if you’re undertaking the long protocol, acupuncture can help your body deal with hormones in your system and help you stay calm.
Stimulation phase, acupuncture can help blood and energy to support and assist your follicles as they grow rapidly. It can also support your endometrial lining as well as promoting general relaxation.
Egg collection, treatment can help you overcome discomfort and stress. It is also advisable for the man to receive treatment either the day before or of the retrieval to boost his sperm’s energy.
Pre and post transfer acupuncture has been demonstrated to significantly increase success rates. Pre transfer treatment is aimed at dilating the cervix, relaxing the uterus, lessening cramps, and aging implantation. Post transfer aims to support circulation to the uterus, nourish embryo growth and support the prevention of contractions. Ideally these treatments should be on the same day as the transfer, but it’s worth noting that the benefits of acupuncture last for many hours and days beyond treatment.
The most commonly used acupuncture protocol for pre and post transfer IVF is the Paulus Protocol. Jo has a great deal of experience supporting patients during IVF and her research into the positive effects of acupuncture on success rates of IVF has been published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine.
The Two week wait, after transfer and before your pregnancy test can feel like an eternity. Acupuncture during this time can help you keep your calm as well support your potential pregnancy.
If you have a history of miscarriage or any reason for concern during this time, acupuncture can be very helpful. It is also very effective in treating normal pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, sickness, and low energy.
Jo has had a great deal of success workin with IVF patients. If you’d like to book you can do so online or via our remote reception on 01273 251575.
If you’d like to find out more before you book a treatment, book a free 15 minute consultation - to chat either by phone or at the clinic. Alternatively, you can email or contact her via our contact form.