We work alongside your Reproductive Endocrinologist, supporting your doctor’s efforts and protocol. A combination of acupuncture and/or herbal medicine effectively complements your A.R.T. treatment and significantly boosts your chances for success. Research shows that acupuncture can increase the efficacy of IVF procedures by up to 45%.
How Acupuncture complements A.R.T.:
Preparation – A full series of Traditional Chinese Medical treatments in advance of A.R.T. procedures (which may include IUI or IVF) work to improve your overall health and regulate your nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems, allowing optimal possibilities for conception. Acupuncture treatments contribute to a smoother A.R.T. procedure if given prior to embryo retrieval.
During Fertility Medication Protocol – Acupuncture reduces the side effects of the medications, which can vary (depending on the person) from mood swings to indigestion. It also increases blood flow to your uterus, thereby thickening the endometrial lining and preparing it for implantation.
Embryo Transfer – We will provide Acupuncture both before and after your transfer. That alone will increase your chances of achieving pregnancy by reducing stress, relaxing the uterus, and reducing cramping.
And to better facilitate fertility and bodily health, we recommend to patients that they receive a minimum of 9-weeks of consistent acupuncture treatment while following our comprehensive lifestyle recommendations. During this time, we focus on regulating imbalances that may be occurring elsewhere in the body, which is a different approach from western medicine. While underlying issues like IBS or anxiety might not be of primary concern to a reproductive endocrinologist, they are vitally important from a Chinese Medicine viewpoint. Any imbalance, whether digestive, menstrual, emotional or dietary – needs to be restored in order to maximize a person’s fertile potential.