IVF SUPPORT

 

If you are planning or have already embarked on fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI, acupuncture treatments may help maximise your chance of success.

Both females and males may benefit from treatments.

WE HELP IMPROVE IVF SUCCESS RATES

 

We have treated hundreds of women and men undergoing IVF and helped them achieve their dream of starting a family.  We understand the physical and emotional roller coaster that you experience when you are trying to conceive.  We’re here to support you at all stages.  

 

Scientifically proven acupuncture protocols together with our clinical experience, enhance our treatments, and may help to improve your egg quality, regulate hormones and prepare the uterus for implantation.

We will work carefully in with your IVF treatments, modifying our approach throughout. 

 

When is the best time to begin treatments?

 

For Women

We recommend 6 to 8 weeks of acupuncture treatment (either weekly or twice a week) before an IVF cycle, but suggest a minimum of one month where possible.  These treatments then continue while you take IVF drugs or the contraceptive pill.

 

Treatments before IVF will encourage healthy egg, sperm and endometrium development.  However you will get some benefit if you start at any stage of the cycle. 

 

The key treatments that have been shown to be of use during a medicated IVF cycle are:

  • Acupuncture treatments at the time of embryo transfer - two treatments are done on the day of transfer, one just before and one after

  • Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF. Optimal positive effects were seen when acupuncture was used during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. (Qian 2016 – SR of 30 RCTs & MA)(119);

  • Acupuncture may increase the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rate and decrease the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in women with PCOS undergoing IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (Jo 2017 – SR of 4 RCTs & MA)(120)

After your transfer, we continue to see you weekly until about week 12 to support your pregnancy, or start preparing you for your next transfer/ assisted cycle.

Just 10 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, our clinic is conveniently located for your IVF treatments.  We are 10 minutes from Melbourne IVF (East Melbourne) and easy access from Monash IVF (Hawthorn and Bundoora). 

 

Although we work closely and cautiously in with your IVF treatments, we are not affiliated with any one IVF Hospital.

Scientific research studies show that acupuncture significantly improves pregnancy rates in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) such as IVF.
(British Medical Journal, doi: 10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE, Published electronically, 7 Feb 2008).

Acupuncture is effective when used on the day of embryo transfer (Shen 2015 - SR & MA) (118).

Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF. Optimal positive effects were seen when acupuncture was used during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. (Qian 2016 – SR of 30 RCTs & MA)(119)