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Acupuncture for IVF

Benefits of Acupuncture during IVF

Acupuncture has become a popular complementary treatment for couples undergoing IVF treatments. In fact, I've helped many in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients from British Columbia's top fertility clinics such as Olive Fertility Centre and the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM). Acupuncture is a natural and drug free treatment option that complements the hormonal stimulation used during IVF cycles. Here are several ways in which acupuncture helps boost success rates for patients undergoing IVF treatments.

Increased Ovarian Response

Studies have indicated that acupuncture may help enhance ovarian response to fertility medications used in IVF treatment. This is because acupuncture promotes the production of more mature and higher-quality eggs, potentially leading to improved pregnancy rates.

Hormonal Balance

Acupuncture can be used to regulate hormonal balance by influencing the release of various hormones, including follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and estradiol. Balancing these hormones can contribute to optimal follicle development, ovulation, and the preparation of the uterine lining for implantation.

Improved Blood Flow

Acupuncture can be used to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, thereby improving ovarian function, uterine lining thickness, and overall receptivity for embryo implantation.

Improved Embryo Implantation

Acupuncture sessions before and after embryo transfer can help support the implantation process by promoting relaxation, reducing uterine contractions, and increasing blood flow to the uterus. This creates a more favorable environment for embryo implantation and improves the chances of a successful pregnancy.

Reduced Side Effects of IVF Medications

The medications used in IVF treatment can sometimes cause unwanted side effects such as headaches, fatigue, and nausea. Acupuncture can alleviate these side effects and improve overall well-being during the IVF process.

Stress Reduction

IVF can be a stressful process for patients, and acupuncture is known for its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Acupuncture also helps regulate the body's stress response and can promote a sense of calm, which is beneficial during the IVF journey.

Final Thoughts

Many of my patients expressed feeling relaxed and supported by incorporating acupuncture into their IVF journey. If you're considering acupuncture as a complementary therapy during IVF, it's crucial to consult with a qualified acupuncturist who has experience working with fertility patients.

Fertility acupuncture is one of my top practice areas. I have received specialized training in fertility acupuncture and I am passionate about helping my patients with their IVF journey. If you are curious about how acupuncture can help with your IVF journey, please book an appointment with me.

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