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Acupuncture and IVF

Chinese Medicine has a longstanding history of treating infertility and gynecology, and while today’s factors affecting fertility are much different than our ancestors, our focus with acupuncture and herbs has always been to create the most optimal internal environment for conception to occur.

IVF is no different, and the growing research into the benefits of acupuncture for those undergoing IVF suggests acupuncture can help promote uterine blood flow, prevent uterine contractions, reduce overall stress, and increase implantation and pregnancy rates.

While preparation can begin anywhere from weeks to several months beforehand, many patients choose to come in for additional support in the days immediately before and after their scheduled transfer to help support implantation. 

Prior to transfers we aim to regulate qi and blood, and nourish the chong vessel or “sea of blood”, which connects to the uterus and allows our jing (essence) to circulate and nurture new life. 

After a transfer, we support the body’s qi and yang to secure the pregnancy. Yang energy is the origin of movement, acting as a catalyst for all reproductive processes like ovulation and implantation.  Yang energy, being warming and uplifting in nature is also responsible for allowing a pregnancy to continue, and we may offer additional recommendations like keeping your low back and feet warm, avoiding raw foods and iced beverages, and incorporating warming soups and stews to further support the body at this time. 

Many of our patients also find acupuncture to be helpful in the weeks following a transfer to provide relief from residual cramping as well as emotional support during a potentially stressful time.

Wherever you are in your journey, our reproductive wellness acupuncturists are here to support you every step of the way! 

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