Acupuncture and IVF
Acupuncture IVF Support
Acupuncture has proven to be a safe and inexpensive treatment that enhances the success of IVF, with a growing body of research evidence to support its use.
In addition, the relaxing benefits of acupuncture helps women through what can be a difficult and challenging process with many reporting benefits such as better sleep, a heightened ability to cope and improvements in mood and self confidence.
What the research shows
Since 2002 the balance of research evidence shows acupuncture significantly enhances the success rate of IVF. A particularly comprehensive study completed in 2008 showed the benefits can be large: a 65 per cent increase in the chance of becoming pregnant, and a 91 per cent increase in the number of live births when acupuncture was used before and after embryo transfer.
How is acupuncture used?
- Prior to IVF acupuncture is used to help maximize fertility by increasing blood supply to the uterus and ovaries and in hormone regulation to support follicle development.
- During an IVF cycle, acupuncture is used prior to and after embryo transfer to help with successful implantation.
- An acupuncture treatment involves having extremely fine acupuncture needles placed in specific points in the body in order to maximise the body's receptiveness to the IVF process.
- Research has yet to show the exact mechanism by which acupuncture assists this to occur, however the relaxing effects of acupuncture are considered to play a major part.
Working as a Team
At Live Well we have built excellent relationships with Canberra’s Medical Fertility Specialists so you can be assured that all our treatments are tailored to work in alignment with your to help you achieve the best results.
What is the first step?
Preferably we like to see you for an initial consultation well before the time of your first transfer. Experience has shown us that regular, usually weekly, treatment helps to maximize your body’s ability to be receptive to the IVF process and gives the best results.
However if you’re already in the midst of a cycle and have a transfer coming up soon it is possible to just set up appointments around your transfer dates. We are as flexible as possible around your transfer dates so we can be here to support you when you need it most.
If you have any more questions feel free to email us directly by clicking here or call us at Live Well on (02) 62950400