Are you currently undergoing IVF or thinking about starting your first IVF cycle? Want to maximise your IVF success rate while minimising the disturbing effects of the IVF process on your body and mind?
Research now shows that using acupuncture to support your IVF procedure can increase your success by up to 60%.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of fine, stainless steel needles into specific energy points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy(Qi). Acupuncture has been used for centuries to promote health and well-being and prevent disease. Research shows that acupuncture assists the IVF process by regulating hormone levels, reducing stress on the body and preventing miscarriage.
Acupuncture can be started as early as 3 months before the IVF cycle begins, to prepare the body and assist in regulating any imbalances. Once the IVF cycle starts acupuncture is performed weekly. On the day of the transfer a pre-transfer acupuncture session is performed to relax and prepare the body and a post-transfer acupuncture session is performed to still the mind and encourage implantation. After the transfer sessions, acupuncture is used weekly, well into the first trimester, especially if there is a history of miscarriage. Acupuncture has the ability to deeply relax and sedate the mind to ease stress and tension.
Supporting your IVF procedure with acupuncture not only increases your chances of success but also minimises the energetic disruption that IVF has on the body and mind.
Article written by Dr Rachel Berners(CM) with extracts from 'Acupuncture & IVF', Lifang Liang, 2003.