IVF & IUI Support

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How Do Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Work with IUI and IVF?

Acupuncture is highly effective in supporting your Western fertility treatments.

Acupuncture is highly effective in supporting your Western fertility treatments.

  • Acupuncture reduces the stress associated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies such as IVF and IUI treatments, and therefore reduces the negative effects that stress has on the hormones related to reproduction.
  • Acupuncture also strengthens and supports your body so that your western fertility treatments are more effective.
  • Most impressive are recent studies showing that acupuncture can significantly increase the success rates of IVF / IUI. This is very important, as the success rates for ART are not generally high. For example, data indicates that IVF works approximately only 22% of the time.  On average, women go through three to seven cycles of IVF before they either conceive or stop trying.
  • A women’s response to IVF depends on the state of her endocrine health in the months preceding IVF/IUI procedures, when follicles are developing in the ovary – this is why it is important to start your Acupuncture treatments in advance of your Western treatments, if possible.

Researchers have concluded that acupuncture:

  • Positively affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a major role in fertility, especially with regard to enhancing the development and release of mature and healthy eggs.
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus, thus thickening the uterine lining, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
  • Reduces anxiety, stress, and hormones secreted during stressful situations – such as cortisol – which significantly decreases fertility (see section on Stress below).
  • Normalises the systems that regulate ovulation, [including, in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)].
  • Regulates the menstrual cycles.
  • Several studies of Chinese herbal treatments to correct Luteal Phase Defect produced pregnancy rates from 33-56%, far greater than success rates achieved with Western medical treatments.
  • Studies show that acupuncture can improve the concentration, volume, and motility of sperm (see Male Fertility section below).
    (Data from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, USA).

Is There Anything Else I can do to Improve my Fertility?

There are many things that you can do for yourself to improve your reproductive health. As part of your individualised treatment plan you will receive a FREE Mini-Manual on fertility which contains advice on areas such as diet & nutrition, relaxation, environmental factors, ‘what to do’ and ‘what to avoid’, and so on.

“My husband and I went through IVF last year without success. I found Terry from his website and after his treatments with our last IVF cycle I am now 7 weeks pregnant and everything is perfect so far.” Ni

CASE STUDY

Melany. Age 35
Previous Fertility History:
TTC: (Trying to Conceive): 2 years prior to first IVF Cycle, and 2 previous unsuccessful IVF Cycles prior to acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture Treatments Performed (Herbs Used):
5 treatments with 2nd IVF Cycle. Pregnancy Confirmed but Miscarried.
4 treatments with 3rd IVF Cycle. 1 Egg Transferred. Pregnancy Confirmed and stable. Healthy live birth.

CASE STUDY

Lisa Age 32
First Acupuncture Treatment:4th Sept 2008
Previous Fertility History:
TTC: (Trying to Conceive):
5 previous IVF Cycles.
Cycle 1: two eggs transferred
Cycle 3: one egg transferred
Other cycles: no eggs for transfer / cycles cancelled.
History of endometriosis, and possible PCOS (not confirmed).
Acupuncture Treatments Performed (No Herbs Used):
3 treatments before egg pick up.
16 eggs collected, 10 mature, 4 fertilised, 2 transferred.
1 treatment prior transfer and 1 post transfer.
Pregnancy confirmed.
2 follow up treatments performed. 7 treatments in Total.
Ultrasound Scan confirmation.
Additional Health Benefits: higher energy levels, lower stress levels.
Healthy live Birth.

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