Acupuncture and IVF
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has at least 3 major roles to play in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART):
- Further increase IVF success rates, including an increase in blood flow to the ovaries and uterus (see the Research Pages).
- Decrease the side effects of the medications.
- Getting the parent(s) in the best health possible so you can optimize your health and the health of your unborn child through pre-conception care.
When preparing for IVF, it is recommended that both partners who are contributing DNA to this child (both male and female) begin TCM treatment at least 3 months prior to egg retrieval or transfer. Normally, you are seen once a week until the stimulation medications begin and then you are seen twice a week. Maya abdominal massage can be added in during this time as well and can also be very helpful in preparing for IVF.
- Data on IVF clinics show wide variation in success rate, BMJ. 2002 August 31; 325(7362): 460. PMCID: PMC1169457