Supporting IVF with Acupuncture
Acupuncture supports In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) by starting treatments three months prior to the cycle, especially after previous failures. It offers customized sessions aligned with the IVF process, including crucial post-embryo transfer treatments. This approach improves egg quality and uterine health, essential for successful pregnancy. Acupuncture also reduces stress and anxiety, enhances embryo implantation, and minimizes miscarriage risks.
How does Acupuncture aid IVF?
- Improves blood flow to the uterus
- Improves egg quality
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Reduces fertility medication side effects
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a medical procedure designed to assist with fertility or prevent genetic problems, aiding in child conception. It involves a series of steps:
- Stimulation of Egg Production: Medications are given to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs.
- Egg Retrieval: Once the eggs mature, they are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure.
- Sperm Collection: Sperm is collected from a partner or a donor.
- Fertilization: The eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory setting to facilitate fertilization.
- Embryo Development: After fertilization, the eggs develop into embryos.
- Embryo Transfer: A few days to a week after egg retrieval, one or more embryos are placed into the woman's uterus using a thin tube.
- Follow-Up: After the embryo transfer, blood tests and possibly ultrasound are used to determine if implantation and pregnancy have occurred.
Optimal Acupuncture Timing for IVF
Acupuncture, ideally starting three months before IVF, increases in frequency during the cycle, focusing on improving egg quality and uterine health. Key treatments can include a session within four hours of embryo transfer and continued support post-transfer.