Acumedica provides acupuncture alongside intergrative health care to support those seeking or undergoing IVF treatments. We understand the processes used at fertility clinics as we are currently involved at Flinders Fertilty in South Australia undertaking acupuncture as part of a clinical research trial. We aim to work in partnership with your IVF Doctor to ensure your IVF experience is as stress free and successful as possible.
We have developed effective IVF protocols and provide you with up to date advice on factors that influence your treatment outcomes such as nutrition, genetics and exercise. Our approach is unique as we combine the latest information and research according to orthodox medicine, Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, natural fertility methods, genetics, nutrition, environmental, herbal, naturopathic and mind body medicine to help you achieve your dream of conceiving and having a healthy baby alongside IVF.
Receiving acupuncture alongside IVF is now a common and accepted practice due to the fact that research has proven that it successfully improves IVF outcomes and reduces the side effects of IVF medications. This is supported by a review published in the British Medical Journal that found women were 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer procedure and 91% more likely to have a live birth when combining acupuncture with their IVF treatment. Acupuncture was found to work by improving egg quality, stimulating the flow of blood to the uterus, regulating hormones and reducing the effects of stress and anxiety.
(Effects of acupuncture in rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: systemic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2009 Mar 8; 336(7643): 545-9.)
Treatment before Your IVF Cycle
Acupuncture prior to your IVF cycle is based on clinical trials that have proven to assist with improving egg quality, enhancing the lining of the uterus for embroy implantation and regulating your hormonal reaction to your IVF cycle.
We recommend 2 acupuncture treatments per week for 4 weeks plus treatment at time of embryo transfer. For the package the same applies plus you receive two naturopathic and nutritional consultations to enhance egg health, endometrial function and minimise any side effects of IVF
Acupuncture during your stimulation phase can reduce the side effects of medication, enhance follicular recruitment and help manage anxiety. During this time we regularly evaluate your response to the IVF treatment and ask you to bring your test results to assist us with your treatemnt protocol. As modifications and your treatment is based on these test results.
2 treatments per week is recommended
Acupuncture post Egg Collection
Research suggests that Acupuncture after egg collection, can effectively address complications such as pain, tissue trauma and bleeding. The treatment protocol at Acumedica is recommended to improve pregnancy success.
1 treatment just after the procedure itself or within the following 2 days.
Acupuncture alongside Embryo Transfer (including FET)
Research suggests that receiving acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer increases the chances of pregnancy by 42%. Compared to no treatment pregnancy rate was 26%. These treatments are based on evidence based protocols.
1 treatment before and/or after transfer
The ‘two-week wait’ after Embryo Transfer
Acupuncture provided during the Luteal phase post embryo transfer may help to improve implantation and clinical pregnancy rates. We recommend acupuncture during your first trimester to help your body maintain progesterone levels alongside your orthodox treatment.
Please refer to Pregnancy and Postnatal care for ongoing treatments.
1 treatment per week
During your IVF program you have the option of choosing from a number or treatments:
1. Fertility Acupuncture treatments with our qualified acupuncturist
2. Naturopathic and Nutritional consultations to enhance your IVF procedure
3. Combining all three treatments
We recommend those taking IVF and fertility seriously, to combine all three treatments which is part of our Natural Fertility/IVF/Acupuncture Support Program this offers many benefits and increases your chances of a successful IVF outcome. Your treatment at Acumedica is a truly relaxing and an indulgent experience.