In 2003, Fertility and Sterility published a study that found that adding acupuncture treatment to the IVF protocol increased the success rate of implantation. This brought acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into the consciousness of the fertility community. Since then, there has been much speculation and investigation into how acupuncture can increase fertility. The study in 2003 had 160 women divided into two groups. Both groups underwent the IVF protocol with three day embryo transfers. The success rate of implantation in those who received acupuncture was 42.3% compared to 36.5% for the control group (an increase of 15.8%). In the May, 2006 issue of Fertility and Sterility, two similar studies were reported with the acupuncture group experiencing 13% and 18% greater success rate of achieving pregnancy.
With this clinical research applied, Insight Acupuncture offers you the opportunity to receive treatment that reflects the protocols presented in these studies. Increasing the success rate of implantation is the overall goal of this pre and post IVF transfer procedure. These acupuncture treatments have a soothing effect on the mind and the body. On this important day it is our further goal to create an atmosphere of care and comfort before and after your embryo is transferred.
For optimal scheduling opportunities please call as far in advance as possible to discuss your upcoming IVF procedure. This will help to determine the approximate time frame which your retrieval and transfer is to take place.
It is recognized that the scheduling of your transfer time will vary. By discussing your needs in advance, it will help insure your pre and post acupuncture appointment. Scheduling is executed to cater to your needs and the maximum amount of communication concerning you and your timely procedures are most important to Insight Acupuncture. Please call 303-715-1573 to reserve your time to receive pre and post acupuncture treatments on the day of your embryo transfer.
Recommended Treatment of Acupuncture for medically assisted Fertility Treatment
ART with Chinese Medicine "Cultivating the soil before planting the seeds" is an appropriate metaphor and common way of thinking about fertility in Chinese Medicine. The following recommendations are basic guidelines developed in part by Traditional Chinese Medicine theories as well as case studies and modern clinical research. As each individual varies in condition, treatment recommendations may vary as well.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Acupuncture is recommended for once a week, beginning three months prior to and during Assisted Reproductive Therapies. This treatment is designed to improve the quality and quantity of developing follicles as well as the overall quality of the endometrial lining. It also serves as a well rounded and personalized treatment for both physical and emotional based symptoms.
InVitro Fertilization (IVF) Acupuncture is recommended four weeks prior to egg retrieval. These treatments are based on clinical studies to increase follicular development as well as the quality of the endometrial lining. It consists of eight acupuncture treatments within this four week period and includes electro-acupuncture. After stimulation begins this treatment also minimizes discomfort and side effects that may occur during a medicated cycle.
For women with elevated FSH levels, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as well as Endometriosis it is also recommended to receive acupuncture two to four months prior to IUI and IVF for optimum benefits.
IVF Retrieval Day One treatment after egg retrieval on this day can minimize discomfort, improve circulation and prepare the body to receive a mature embryo in the days to come.
IVF Embryo Transfer Day This treatment is based strictly on clinical studies. It can calm the mind and relax the uterus, relieve discomfort while at the same time supporting implantation. This treatment consists of acupuncture 30 minutes before the embryo transfer as well as acupuncture immediately following the embryo transfer.
Donor Egg Recipients Acupuncture is recommended for once a week, two to four months prior to receiving an embryo. This treatment is designed to prepare the uterus and the endometrial lining. On embryo transfer day, pre and post acupuncture is also highly recommended by physicians.
Male Factor Men should be treated four to five months prior to an IVF cycle to increase both the quality and quantity of sperm considering that sperm productions take three months. Generally speaking, Males should be treated once to twice a week until the day of sperm donation.
Remember too that acupuncture can be safely used after all Assisted Reproductive Therapy to promote implantation and prevent miscarriage throughout the first trimester. During the second trimester it can be safely used to address common symptoms associated with pregnancy.
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