IVF & IUI OPTIMIZATION
Using acupuncture to improve success
of IVF or IUI procedures
ACUPUNCTURE TO IMPROVE SUCCESS OF IVF & IUI PROCEDURES
Success of IVF and IUI depend just as much on the balanced state of your body as does success without these assisted reproductive technique.
Scientific studies have shown again and again that acupuncture can increase IVF and IUI success rates dramatically. A review combining the results of seven previous studies has found that IVF with acupuncture (compared to IVF alone) increases the chances of having an ongoing pregnancy (beyond 12 weeks from gestation) by 87%, and nearly doubles the chance of a successful live birth.*
Acupuncture performed before and during IVF/IUI increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. In addition, acupuncture regulates fertility hormones, which may contribute to follicle development and increased implantation.
Recent clinical studies show that combining acupuncture with your IVF/IUI and medicated cycle:
increases implantation rates during an IVF embryo transfer
increases pregnancy rates
enhances egg quality & increasing ovarian responsiveness
improves blood flow to the ovaries & uterus
enhances uterine lining and reproductive hormones
improves sperm (count, morphology, & motility)
reduces stress and anxiety associated with infertility
prevents miscarriage and early pregnancy loss
decreases medication side effects
YOUR FERTILITY TREATMENT PLAN AT FLOW ACUPUNCTURE
Natural fertility treatments at Flow Acupuncture are designed to bring your body back into balance. Although our focus is on the reproductive system, we look at the body as a whole. The health and well-being of your entire body is important when preparing to conceive naturally.
Optimizing fertility and improving pregnancy success is different for each couple. We look at each couple individually and develop a specialized treatment plan to increase the chances of conception and healthy full-term pregnancy. Our goal is to uncover and enhance your fertility potential that may be blocked or disrupted by many factors.
We realize this is an emotional and challenging journey that has affects on your mind, body, and spirit. Mallory will be there to support you throughout the entire process for whole body wellness and support.
Regular Acupuncture treatments to prepare for an IVF or IUI can begin anywhere from 1-3 months before your scheduled cycle. During your IVF / IUI cycle we recommend anywhere from 4-8 treatments, depending on individual response to medications and progression.
ACUPUNCTURE ON THE DAY OF EGG RETRIEVAL
24-48 hrs before procedure
We recommend acupuncture pre-egg retrieval, to help relax the cervix and increase blood flow to the uterus.
Ideally we would like to see you within 24-48 hours pre-retrieval.
ACUPUNCTURE ON THE DAY AFTER EGG RETRIEVAL
24-48 hrs after procedure
Acupuncture the day after egg retrieval can help the body heal from any micro-trauma or inflammation to the uterine tissue after the procedure.
Acupuncture can also help minimize the bloating, distention, and cramping that can come with egg retrieval.
The retrieval is an invasive procedure and acupuncture is very helpful to speed recovery and prepare the uterus for implantation.
If you are doing a fresh egg transfer, acupuncture will also help create a calm environment for transfer of the embryo.
ACUPUNCTURE ON THE DAY OF EMBRYO TRANSFER
1 session pre transfer
1 session post transfer
We recommend acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer to assist your current IVF cycle. Ideally we would like to see you within 24-48 hours pre and post transfer. Typically it is best to have acupuncture treatment as soon as possible before and after the transfer.
Acupuncture treatments at the time of embryo transfer help to promote uterine blood flow, enhance positive implantation, prevent uterine contractions, reduce overall stress, promote relaxation and increase pregnancy success rate.
If you are working with Utah Fertility Center in Pleasant Grove, UT it may be possible to arrange onsite pre and post acupuncture immediately before and after your procedure.
ACUPUNCTURE AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER
within 3-5 days after transfer
The goal of acupuncture following embryo transfer is to create an optimal environment for embryo.
We encourage following up with 1-2 acupuncture treatments within the 3-5 days following embryo transfer, in order to further assist implantation and embryo development.