09 March 2017

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Acupuncture during IVF treatment. Recent studies have shown that it can increase chances of a successful pregnancy.

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Western medicine has started to recognise the many benefits of using acupuncture during IVF treatment. There have been a variety of studies that review the implications of acupuncture and fertility. Indeed, recent reports have shown a 65 percent increase in pregnancy success rates when IVF is combined with acupuncture treatments. Those same studies have also shown that rates of live births nearly doubled in cases where acupuncture was used. This is in comparison to IVF patients who received no acupuncture or sham acupuncture.

Why is acupuncture during IVF treatment so effective?

At present, the reason why acupuncture can increase IVF pregnancy success rates is not fully understood. However, ultrasounds have shown that acupuncture can improve uterine blood flow. As a result, this may create a more hospitable environment for embryo implantation.

There is one thing that doctors and scientists appear to agree on. There is a consensus that acupuncture can, at the very least, have a calming effect on patients. The IVF process can be a very stressful time. Therefore, finding ways to relax can be crucial to overall wellness. This is especially important when you understand how stress hormones can inhibit fertility. For this reason, acupuncture can be a great relaxation technique to rely on.

Finally, it is important to remember that acupuncture is not a guarantee that your IVF cycle will work. However, it can be a natural way to improve your chances of success.

Appointments

If you are going through IVF treatment, make an appointment with our resident fertility acupuncturist Jas Kandola at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. She will be happy to explain the benefits of acupuncture during IVF treatment. To book an appointment, visit our online booking system or call 020 8789 3881.

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