Just as research into medically assisted reproduction technologies (ART), such as IVF, is an ever-growing field, so is research into how acupuncture may help these technologies achieve better results in the short and long term.
Over the last decade, leading Australian researchers and publications, such as Fertility and Sterility (USA) and Human Reproduction (Europe) have published numerous studies showing that acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer can significantly increase the chances of both clinical pregnancy and ongoing pregnancy.
The benefit of acupuncture for IVF, IUI and ICSI seems to be especially large if the patient is 35 or older, or has had failed cycles. Considering how much people invest physically, emotionally and financially into ART in Australia alone, this is very exciting.
At Moxa, in West End, we use an acupuncture protocol from this research to treat you before and after embryo transfer. Just as importantly, we also treat you in the time leading up to transfer or insemination and during the nervous wait leading up to your pregnancy test.
We do this because, at different times in the ART cycle, acupuncture can help:
- increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
- influence egg quality
- manage the sometimes uncomfortable side effects of fertility drugs and procedures, such as egg pickup
- reduce uterine contractions and promote implantation
- reduce the chance of miscarriage
- support you through what is often an incredibly anxious and stressful time.
If male infertility factors are at play, acupuncture can be used similarly to promote emotional wellbeing, and improve sperm quantity, quality and motility.
For more information about the fertility, pregnancy and post-pregnancy treatments and support available at our West End centre in Brisbane, visit: