Acupuncture for embryo transfer - does it work?
Will acupuncture for implantation help me to become a mother?
If you have decided that IVF treatment is right for you, you might like to consider supporting the process with acupuncture. Over the years increasing numbers of women use acupuncture around the time of embryo transfer. The implantation of an embryo in the uterus is a crucial early step in establishing a successful pregnancy and acupuncture can help with this process. In this article we will shine a light on the ways that acupuncture can help you on your IVF journey, reveal some impressive statistics that demonstrate that acupuncture for implantation actually works!
Lets talk about acupuncture for embryo transfer
As an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture has gained increased popularity worldwide due to its convenience, lack of side effects, and unique therapeutic effects. Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate the female reproductive system. The theory of acupuncture is based on the flow of energy – Qi – and the principles of meridians – circuits of energy that flow around the body – which are accessed by acupuncture points. Many women use acupuncture when starting on their journey to motherhood as it is a gentle and relaxing treatment that research demonstrates is helpful at improving successful pregnancy rates and research has shown that acupuncture is helpful alongside IVF treatment. So, how does it work?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories acupuncture works in several ways:
Boosts blood flow to the uterus. In order for there to be a successful implantation there needs to be a healthy uterus. Through the use of tiny single use sterile needles a skilled acupuncture practitioner is able to move the flow of energy (Qi) to specific parts of the body. This movement of energy results in improved blood flow to the uterus, an increase of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the tissues of the uterus. This is one reasons that acupuncture for embryo transfer is so important.
Regulates the immune system. Let’s face it IVF is a stressful journey to embark on, and stress is not conducive to a successful embryo transfer: Stress increases the number of T cells in the lining of the uterus and these reduce the probability that the embryo will implant successfully. Acupuncture is helpful at reducing stress levels and also increases the number of happy hormones that are released. Acupuncture for embryo transfer is a must!
Acupuncture regulates the menstrual cycle by optimising and balancing the levels of oestrogen and progesterone. As a result of these hormone levels being balanced correctly the lining of the uterus is able to develop properly – a thick, well nourished lining that is ideal for implantation.
Q: I am about to start IVF treatment and am thinking about trying acupuncture for embryo transfer. When is the best time for me to start a course of acupuncture?
A: We recommend the following course of acupuncture:
1 acupuncture session per week for at least 6-8 weeks before you start the IVF cycle
1 acupuncture session per week during the IVF cycle.
2-3 acupuncture treatments 1 week before embryo transfer
2 -3 sessions of reflexology per week after embryo transfer.
Research demonstrates that regular acupuncture treatment leads to more successful pregnancies. Acupuncture treatment will help to prepare you emotionally and also ensure that the flow of blood and Qi to your uterus and ovaries is optimised. The treatments will flood your reproductive organs with blood, nutrients and oxygen which will lead to improved egg quality and a thicker lining of the uterus and reduce stress and tension.
Q: Does acupuncture help with egg retrieval?
A: Absolutely. Not only does acupuncture improve egg quality, but by diverting energy to your ovaries it leads to an increased number of eggs being released. Many women find acupuncture a helpful treatment to have in the lead up to her egg collection day – and many women book an appointment with us on the day of their egg collection to both help to keep them calm, as well as to boost the energy flows to the ovaries.
Q: Acupuncture for implantation of frozen embryos– is it helpful?
A: There is no real difference between implanting fresh or frozen embryos and acupuncture is helpful in both situations. Close to the day of implantation acupuncture treatment will focus on ensuring that the lining of the uterus is optimised. Your acupuncture practitioner may use a technique called moxibustion – which is where a warming herb is applied to the skin. This will nourish your energy levels, ensure that your abdomen is the correct temperature and ensure that the uterus is in the best possible condition for implantation.
Q: Does acupuncture help after embryo transfer?
A: Absolutely. Here at Ginsen we recommend that a woman receives an acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer. Undertaking IVF treatment can be very emotional at times and we are pleased to offer calm and confidential support that will help you to feel relaxed and in control. Large scale research demonstrates that the acupuncture treatment we offer helps for embryo transfer.
Some helpful herbal treatments to complement your acupuncture for implantation treatment
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Our Women over 40 Kit supports eggs health, a regular menstrual cycle, promotes a healthy uterus and balances your hormone levels. Together these factors will increase your chance of getting pregnant.
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