Women who undergo In-Vitro Fertilization with acupuncture have a higher success rate than those who do not include acupuncture. Studies have shown women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they integrated acupuncture into their normal IVF treatments. Whether you are looking to start with a completely natural approach, have already started an IVF or IUI cycle or have scheduled your IVF transfer - acupuncture is here to help you achieve your goal of a happy, healthy pregnancy and baby.
Gynecological conditions that can be helped with Chinese medicine include hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, amenorrhea, anovulation, luteal phase defect, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, poor ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, stress, advanced maternal age, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Unexplained infertility can also be treated successfully. In general, Chinese medicine is highly effective at returning the body to a state of optimum balance. In fact, women receiving Chinese medicine treatments were twice as likely to get pregnant in a four month period than those receiving conventional Western medical fertility drug treatment or IVF.
Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, lifestyle counseling and other therapies. Acupuncture is by far the best known component, and numerous scientific studies have proven its effectiveness. Among other benefits, acupuncture is one of the best ways to reduce stress and tension, and in fact, research has shown that stress has a detrimental effect on pregnancy outcomes. Acupuncture has been shown to have a positive effect on the central nervous system, as well as the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Acupuncture can balance and regulate the hormones that are needed for a well-tuned menstrual cycle, often allowing an irregular cycle to return to normal, enhancing development of the follicles, and promoting ovulation. Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the pelvic area, which allows nutrients and oxygen to flow in, and toxins and waste products to flow out. This improves the functioning of the ovaries and helps create better quality eggs that result in strong, healthy embryos.
Acupuncture can also help the fallopian tubes remain vital and open by creating a more harmonious blood flow to the pelvic area. It also helps to optimize the thickness of the uterine lining, which is important for successful implantation and bringing a pregnancy to full term. Acupuncture is often used in pregnancy to help prevent miscarriage, reduce nausea, improve the quality of sleep and best of all - has no side effects.