Fertility & IVF Acupuncture

“Acupuncture helps reduce stress, imparting greater emotional balance and well-being during this challenging time to help improve your chances. Lower perceived stress at the time of embryo transfer may play a role in an improved pregnancy rate.”

About

Fertility & IVF Acupuncture

Not every women who hopes to have a baby wants to go down the assisted reproduction road. Many women choose to enhance their natural fertility, naturally.

We notice that many women who come here for assistance are also seeking guidance & assistance with:

  • how to identify ovulation
  • timing intercourse when trying for a baby (or trying not to conceive)
  • how to record the menstrual cycle
  • what tests might be helpful
  • unbiased suggestions
  • dietary & lifestyle counselling

Ngaio also works as a Fertility Coach in this way.

She has spent over 20 years of her career in Sydney supporting women undergoing IVF and assisted reproduction, and continues to do so.

You might consider using acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine if you have a functional, rather than a structural issue behind your fertility challenge. For example, structural ‘infertility’ would be damaged fallopian tubes, a blockage in the sperm ducts or issues that may require surgical intervention. However if the challenge to your fertility is functional, then you might choose to explore this medicine further.

As always, treatment is tailored to individual circumstances.

How Can Acupuncture Help You?

Acupuncture can help to support you through the various stages of your IVF Cycle, along side the care you may also be receiving from your Fertility Specialist/Gynecologist/GP/prescribed medication.

Prior to Starting Your IVF Cycle

Some women choose to work with us prior to beginning an IVF cycle. These treatments are often aimed at supporting a balanced  menstrual cycle and reducing stress & anxiety.

Of course we are unable to magically transform older eggs into younger ones and we must work within the confines of your DNA. But we aim to do what we can to improve the environment surrounding your ovaries and eggs and also their internal environment by helping to enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production at a cellular level. We may prescribe herbal formulas to this end. These herbs have also been shown to strengthen antioxidant defenses at the cellular level.

During the Stimulation Phase

We often administer acupuncture once or twice a week throughout this phase. Research indicates a pooled benefit of acupuncture for IVF when performed during follicle (stimulation) phase, before & after embryo transfer, as well as during the implantation phase.

On the Day of Embryo Transfer

Again, as above – some research indicates a pooled benefit of acupuncture for IVF when performed not just on embryo transfer (ET) day but during follicle (stimulation) phase, as well as before & after ET, and also during the implantation phase.

Over the years numerous trials have shown increased clinical pregnancy rates when some groupings of women received acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer. Other and more recent trials have come to different conclusions. (references below). We notice many women like to receive acupuncture on the day of their embryo transfer knowing how it helps to calm and centre them.

If you feel you would like to receive acupuncture on this day, we recommend scheduling your ET (& FET) day acupuncture at a time when you know you have ample time to reach us and park without getting stressed.

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References:

Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer improves pregnancy rates
. Youran D et al Fertil Steril 2008 Vol. 90, Suppl 1, pg S240

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial
. Westergaard L et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1341-1346

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy
. Paulus W et al, Fertil Steril 2002 Vol 77, pg 721-724

The impact of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcome.
Domar A et al Fertil Steril 2009 Vol 91 Issue 3 pg 723-6

A randomized, controlled, double-blind, cross-over study evaluating acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF
. Quintero R et al, Fertil Steril 2004 Vol 81 Suppl 3, pg S11-12

Acupuncture & IVF poor responders: a cure?
 Magarelli P,Cridennda D, Fertil Steril,2004;81 Suppl 3 S20

Impact of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization cycles: A prospective single blind randomized study
. Benson M. R. et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 86, Issue 3, pg S135

Treatment After Egg Collection
Should you be experiencing any discomfort as a result of your collection, an acupuncture treatment that afternoon or the next day may help to ease bleeding or localized tissue damage. We want your body feeling strong and resilient in preparation for receiving your embryo.
Acupuncture During “The Wait” After Transfer

Once again, acupuncture during this period helps keep you on an even keel –  anxiety down, energy up!

Other Acupuncture/IVF Related Research Which May Interest You

Influence of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilisation when embryo implantation has failed: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial
. di Villahermosa DIM, dos Santos LG, Nogueira MB, et al

Effect of acupuncture on assisted reproduction treatment outcomes Acupuncture in Medicine
. Madaschi C, Braga DPAF, Figueira RDCS, et al

The Role of Acupuncture in Assisted Reproductive Technology. 
Cui Hong Zheng, Ming Min Zhang, Guang Ying Huang, and Wei Wang

The Role Of Acupuncture In Patients At Unfavourable Reproductive Prognosis In IVF: A Prospective Randomised Study. 
M. Arnoldi; D. Diaferia; M.G. Corbucci; L. De Lauretis

Au, D. W., Tsang, H. W., Ling, P. P., Leung, C. H., Ip, P. K., & Cheung, W. M. (2015). Effects of acupressure on anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med, 33(5), 353-359. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2014-010720

Amorim, D., Amado, J., Brito, I., Fiuza, S. M., Amorim, N., Costeira, C., & Machado, J. (2018). Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Complement Ther Clin Pract, 31, 31-37. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.008

Bazzan, A. J., Zabrecky, G., Monti, D. A., & Newberg, A. B. (2014). Current evidence regarding the management of mood and anxiety disorders using complementary and alternative medicine. Expert Rev Neurother, 14(4), 411-423. doi:10.1586/14737175.2014.892420

Fleckenstein, J., Kruger, P., & Ittner, K. P. (2018). Effects of single-point acupuncture (HT7) in the prevention of test anxiety: Results of a RCT. PLoS One, 13(8), e0202659. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202659

Goyata, S. L., Avelino, C. C., Santos, S. V., Souza Junior, D. I., Gurgel, M. D., & Terra, F. S. (2016). Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review. Rev Bras Enferm, 69(3), 602-609. doi:10.1590/0034-7167.2016690325i

Kwon, C. Y., & Lee, B. (2018). Acupuncture or Acupressure on Yintang (EX-HN 3) for Anxiety: A Preliminary Review. Med Acupunct, 30(2), 73-79. doi:10.1089/acu.2017.1268

Smith, C. A., de Lacey, S., Chapman, M., Ratcliffe, J., Norman, R. J., Johnson, N. P., & Fahey, P. (2018). The effects of acupuncture on the secondary outcomes of anxiety, and quality of life for women undergoing IVF: a randomised controlled trial. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. doi:10.1111/aogs.13528

Smith, C. A., Shewamene, Z., Galbally, M., Schmied, V., & Dahlen, H. (2018). The effect of complementary medicines and therapies on maternal anxiety and depression in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord, 245, 428-439. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2018.11.054

 

DYSMENORRHEA (Period Pain)

Abaraogu, U. O., & Tabansi-Ochuogu, C. S. (2015). As Acupressure Decreases Pain, Acupuncture May Improve Some Aspects of Quality of Life for Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. J Acupunct Meridian Stud, 8(5), 220-228.

Smith CA, Armour M, Zhu X, Li X, Lu ZY, Song J. Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;4:Cd007854.

Xu, T., Hui, L., Juan, Y. L., Min, S. G., & Hua, W. T. (2014). Effects of moxibustion or acupoint therapy for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a meta-analysis. Altern Ther Health Med, 20(4), 33-42.

 

IVF ACUPUNCTURE

Benson M. R. et al, Impact of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization cycles: A prospective single blind randomized study. Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 86, Issue 3, pg S135

Cui Hong Zheng, Ming Min Zhang, Guang Ying Huang, and Wei Wang. The Role of Acupuncture in Assisted Reproductive Technology. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2012, Article ID 543924, 15 pages

Domar A et al. The impact of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization outcome. Fertil Steril 2009 Vol 91 Issue 3 pg 723-6

Magarelli P,Cridennda D. Acupuncture & IVF poor responders: a cure? Fertil Steril,2004;81 Suppl 3 S20

Moy I et al Fertil Steril 2011 Vol 95 pg 583-587

Paulus W et al. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertil Steril 2002 Vol 77, pg 721-724

Quintero R et al, A randomized, controlled, double-blind, cross-over study evaluating acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF. Fertil Steril 2004 Vol 81 Suppl 3, pg S11-12

Smith C et al. Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer. Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1352-1358

Westergaard L et al. Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial. Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1341-1346

Youran D et al. Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer improves pregnancy rates. Fertil Steril 2008 Vol. 90, Suppl 1, pg S240

Zhang R et al, ACUPUNCTURE AND EMBRYO TRANSFER; Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation: a prospective randomized placebo-controlled study. Fertil Steril 2011, 96, 4 Pg 912-916

See also Natural Fertility Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

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