Preparation for IVF cycle & Treatment for Infertility:
In general terms we like to see patients for three months prior to their IVF cycle as this is a full egg development cycle. However, if this is not possible, we still see good success with treatment while you are in the cycle, and we will often increase frequency of visits. Depending on the patient, treatment frequency can vary. We often recommend between 1-3 month in preparation for an upcoming IVF cycle. New research is beginning to show how acupuncture can help to increase egg quality, eggs retrieved from an IVF cycle, estrogen levels, embryo quality, and increased pregnancy rates in combination with a series of acupuncture treatments.
After Embryo Transfer:
Although conception our fist goal, we look at fertility as the ability to carry a healthy pregnancy to full term. Our focus is to create an optimal environment for embryo development. We recommend following up with another treatment 5-7 days after embryo transfer to further assist implantation. When pregnancy occurs we often recommend acupuncture through the first trimester to prevent miscarriage. Research is confirming our clinical evidence that acupuncture can reduce miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies, and to increase the rate of live birth. From our experience when there is a history of fertility challenges this can increase the risk of complications. The focus of these treatments are to assist implantation and embryo development, increase energy, and prevent pregnancy complications.