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How can acupuncture improve IVF treatments?

If you have had a problem conceiving a child, then you will understand that the miracle of a child is not something you should take for granted. Infertility is an increasing problem among many people the world over. In fact, Canada alone records a solid 16% of couples that are struggling to create a family and most of these have been forced to try In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Technology. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have been used with IVF and the results have been amazing.

This is how acupuncture can help you achieve your desired results of having a baby.

Helps in reducing stress and anxiety

There is a lot of stress and anxiety that a couple goes through in trying to navigate the IVF treatment. Therefore, necessary steps should be followed to help lower this natural stress response to IVF treatments and these are; yoga, regular exercise, mindfulness practice, meditation, and increased family support. Acupuncture helps in regulating the nervous system, creates a great sense of calm, improves sleep quality and aids in leveling the emotional highs and lows experienced when undergoing fertility treatments.

It improves body response to IVF medications

A healthy environment and increased blood flow to the ovaries is very critical during the early stages of egg development and would significantly increase sensitivity to hormonal influence. Women with advanced maternal age have most likely diminished their ovarian reserve and therefore when acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are used as a pretreatment to IVF, this increases ones ovarian response to the fertility-related hormones.

It reduces the side effects of medication

There are common side effects of medicine like nausea, vomiting, headaches, bloating and such. These could be diminished by the use of acupuncture. It is a safe form of treatment which is administered side-by-side with IVF and without any side effects. You don’t combine herbal medicine with IVF, but there are specific recommendations on diet and lifestyle that would reduce the negative side effects, thus leading to great treatment results.

Acupuncture improves uterine blood flow and its lining thickness

Embryo transfer and implantation requires a thick and receptive endometrial lining. Acupuncture has proven, over time, to be perfect in increasing the blood flow to the uterus and again create a thick lining, an environment so conducive for implantation. Here, several electro-acupuncture treatments are necessary. Again, herbal medicine together with acupuncture would improve the results significantly.

Increases chances of a live birth

It is easy to celebrate a positive pregnancy test and forget the bigger picture of carrying the baby home. However, the stress levels and overall mother’s wellbeing are determinants of a successful pregnancy. All stages of the process come with challenges, which could lead to a miscarriage. However, acupuncture comes in handy to help reduce the stress levels and with a proper diet and a good mix of Chinese herbal medicine, the health and well-being of the women are optimized, thus achieving the ultimate goal of a live and healthy baby.

The many fertility acupuncture San Diego treatments recommended prior to an IVF cycle will depend on an individual, but generally, 3 months of preparation are considered ideal for greater results. Most of the fertility clinics have an acupuncturist on site that’d provide pre and post embryo transfer treatments and this has shown to significantly increase IVF success rate.