When Should I get Acupuncture in an IVF cycle?

by Parvati
(UK)

Hi Amelia,
When is it best to have acupuncture in an IVF cycle? Should I have it before egg collection, that day or the day before? Also before the egg transfer, when is ideal time?

How many treatments would you recommend after egg transfer and at what timescales?

Many Thanks,
Parvati xx

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Acupuncture in an IVF cycle
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Parvati,
The real key with acupuncture in an IVF cycle is regularity and preparation. In an ideal cycle, you would prepare you body for 3-6 months with a holistic TCM plan including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy and lifestyle changes.

IVF offers a 20-30% chance of pregnancy and with a solid preconception plan, as I described above, I find that success goes up significantly. In the clinic I find that most of the couples that prepare for an IVF cycle for 3-6 months are pregnant on their first IVF cycle.

If you're already into a cycle and would like to add acupuncture to the mix, studies show that acupuncture helps increase success rates from
10 - 22%. These acupuncture treatments usually occur just prior to egg retrieval (ideally for both the man and the woman), just before embryo transfer and immediately after embryo transfer.

After embryo transfer, I like to schedule a treatment once a week. If there is a positive pregnancy, then I continue with the once a week schedule through the first trimester to support the body and hormonal balance.

I would like to emphasize that acupuncture always works best when dietary therapy is advised and lifestyle changes are implemented. Good luck to you!

Sending Baby Dust Your Way,
Amelia

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Acupuncture before Egg Collection
by: Anonymous

Is it safe/recommended to have acupuncture the night before egg collection?

Thanks!
Sue

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Acupuncture Before Egg Collection
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Sue,
Yes, it is a very good idea to get acupuncture the day before your egg collection. There have been studies done to show that getting acupuncture before your IVF retrieval yields higher success rates.

As I mentioned above, I believe the real key in combining acupuncture with IVF lies in taking the time to prepare the body and the follicles for the IVF cycle. However, during the cycle, I think that it's important to continue regular weekly treatments to promote blood flow to the reproductive organs, support the endocrine system and calm the mind. These benefits also hold true the day before your egg collection.

Best of luck to you!
Amelia Hirota, D.Ac.

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