IVF Support

IVF Support

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture is used at specific times during the IVF cycle to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries leading to higher quality eggs and a thicker uterine lining. It can also increase the number of mature eggs retrieved for a fresh cycle.  Acupuncture also has a relaxing effect on the body which has been shown to have a positive effect on fertility.

The table below displays the results of a study conducted by IRA in conjunction with Midwest Fertility Specialists on a group of 261 women undergoing IVF cycles. The results demonstrate a clear increase in pregnancy success rates for the women who had acupuncture treatments during their IVF cycles compared to those who did not, as well as reduced miscarriage rates.

Acupuncture done in the cycle preceding the IVF cycle can help to balance the hormones in preparation for ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and embryo transfer.

IVF Support

Acupuncture Treatment Protocol

Acupuncture is beneficial at any point in your cycle. An individualized treatment plan will be developed during your initial appointment, but in general, we recommend the following:

Fresh Cycle

Menstrual Cycle Prior to Your IVF Cycle

1 or 2 treatments

  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

Stimulation Phase

2 or 3 treatments during the time of ovarian stimulation medications leading up to egg retrieval (FSH injections).

  • Improves egg quality and quantity
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
  • Reduces side effects from medications
  • Improves the uterine lining
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

Day of Transfer

1 treatment as close to the embryo transfer as possible

  • Reduces uterine contractions
  • Improves uterine blood flow
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

Post Transfer

One treatment in the 2-7 days following the embryo transfer

  • Supports embryo implantation and early pregnancy
  • Reduces uterine contractions
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

This is the treatment schedule we have found to be the most effective for our patients. However, we are happy to adjust the schedule to fit your individual situation.  

Frozen Cycle

Treatment Protocol for Frozen IVF Cycle

Menstrual Cycle Prior to Your IVF Cycle

1 treatment around Day 21 of your cycle

  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

Preparation Phase

1-2 treatments in the 2 weeks directly preceding the embryo transfer

  • Increases blood flow to uterus
  • Assists in the delivery of medications and reduces side effects
  • Improves endometrial lining
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

Day of Transfer

1 treatment as close to embryo transfer as possible

  • Reduces uterine contractions
  • Improves uterine blood flow
  • Facilitates early implantation
  • Eases stress and anxiey
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

Post Transfer

1-2 treatments 2-12 days following transfer

  • Supports embryo implantation and very early pregnancy
  • Reduces uterine contractions
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

This is the treatment schedule we have found to be the most effective for our patients. However, we are happy to adjust the schedule to fit your individual situation. 

Donor Egg IVF Cycle

Treatment Protocol for Donor Egg IVF Cycle

Menstrual Cycle Prior to Your IVF Cycle

1 or 2 treatments

  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

Preparation Phase

1-2 treatments in the 2 weeks directly preceding the embryo transfer

  • Increases blood flow to uterus
  • Assists in the delivery of medications and reduces side effects
  • Improves endometrial lining
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

Day of Transfer

1 treatment as close to embryo transfer as possible

  • Reduces uterine contractions
  • Improves uterine blood flow
  • Facilitates early implantation
  • Eases stress and anxiey
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

Post Transfer

1 treatment 2-7 day following transfer

  • Supports embryo implantation and very early pregnancy
  • Reduces uterine contractions
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Helps you to feel more empowered

 

This is the treatment schedule we have found to be the most effective for our patients. However, we are happy to adjust the schedule to fit your individual situation.