Over the last twenty years, leading journals have published studies showing research evidence of how Chinese medicine may be used as an adjunct therapy to assist with the effectiveness of different stages of the IVF process (see the references here). There is also broad agreement amongst Chinese medicine practitioners and other health practitioners about the value of acupuncture in this regard.
Considering how much people invest physically, emotionally and financially into ART in Australia alone, this is promising and exciting.
At Moxa, Jodi uses treatments based on the appropriate researched protocols to complement your stage of the IVF process. Generally, this involves a treatment each week and additional treatments on the day of the embryo transfer, both directly before and after the procedure.
Ideally, Jodi would have time to work with individuals or couples in the months preceeding the commencement of IVF treatment (see preconception program). This is not always the case. She has also treated many people for the first time at the start of their IVF cycle or even on the day of embryo transfer or sperm donation. Wherever you’re up to in the IVF process, Jodi is happy to receive your phone or email enquiry regarding adjunctive acupuncture treatment.
Whilst more research is needed in order to provide definitive evidence, current studies show that at different times in the ART cycle, acupuncture may be able to assist by helping to:
To read more about this please see the research section.
Many people find the IUI or IVF process quite stressful. Singles, same sex and heterosexual couples all have an equally vested interest in the outcome of their cycles. Acupuncture can offer supportive treatments throughout this time to better help manage stress. Additionally, knowing how specifically stressful the day of sperm donation may be for some men, a treatment close to or on the day may also be helpful to relax you for the process ahead.
For men embarking on an IUI or IVF cycle, their semen analysis involving information such as count, motility, morphology, volume and DNA fragmentation will be of particular importance. It’s the gateway into understanding their fertility wellness. It is however, very important to remember that underpinning this is your overall state of wellness. A healthier man will generally make healthier sperm and so, the same concepts covered in the natural fertility and preconception program may come into play here too.
As we’ve discussed along the way, when you see an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, they are treating you according to a Chinese medicine framework. Jodi will consider your semen analysis and translate the findings into how they relate to the state of your Qi, Blood, Yin or Yang. An example would be, that according to Chinese medicine, spermatogenesis is a Yin activity, so things like count, morphology (shape) and semen volume relate to Yin. Similarly, motility, being action or movement, relates to Yang.
Semen analysis aside, Jodi will otherwise use information gathered from your comprehensive health evaluation to determine your broader Chinese medical diagnosis. With this established, she can than aim to address the signs and symptoms associated with your unique holistic diagnosis.
To allay a common misconception gents, not where you think. Acupuncture used on a man in an adjunctive way around an IUI or IVF cycle is aiming to support general well-being, help manage stress and increase blood and nutrient supply to the genitals. The location of acupuncture points used for these purposes are predominantly in the arms, lower back, abdomen and legs. No needles are placed into your genitals, which will remain safely within your underwear and covered with a towel.
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Contact us to book an appointment, or if you’re not sure which treatment would be best for you, we’re happy to listen to your needs and recommend a good starting point and path forward.