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Acupuncture for IVF

IVF is an invasive and expensive process. It is estimated that pregnancy rates in IVF applications are 30–35% globally. Acupuncture has been used for hormone regulation, increasing uterine blood flow and stimulating secretion of endogenous opioids with a long history in China. With recent technology of IVF process, acupuncture help facilitate a better environment for egg retrieval, uterine lining, and successful embryo implantation.

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Stress Reduction: IVF can be emotionally and physically taxing. Acupuncture helps reduce stress and anxiety, creating a more favorable environment for successful IVF outcomes.

 

Improving Blood Flow: Acupuncture is thought to stimulate blood flow to the reproductive organs, enhancing the uterine lining and increasing the chances of successful embryo implantation.

 

Regulating Hormones: Acupuncture helps regulate hormones involved in the reproductive process, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and estradiol.

Balanced hormone levels are crucial for successful IVF.

 

Boosting Ovarian Function: Acupuncture improves ovarian function, which can lead to better egg quality and increased chances of successful fertilization.

 

Reducing Side Effects: Acupuncture helps alleviate side effects associated with IVF medications, such as headaches, fatigue, and nausea.

When is the best time to start?

To prepare for an IVF egg retrieval, it is recommended getting weekly acupuncture, preferably 3 months ahead of when you start your IVF cycle. Weekly treatments are best until you begin your IVF medications.

And immediately before and after embryo transfer, in creating an optimal environment for for the embryo by increasing blood flow and nourishment to the uterus.

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