Acupuncture is a safe and effective way of supporting your body during IUI or IVF Cycles
Patients often come to me for acupuncture to support IVF or IUI cycles.
Ideally, I like to begin treating three months prior to an IVF or an IUI cycle. This is true both for couples who are trying to conceive naturally and for those who are using assisted reproductive technology. Taking this time to treat any underlying conditions that may be hindering fertility and preparing the body for pregnancy gives you the best possible chance of conception.
IUI Cycles are a common first step for women who are having difficulty conceiving. Whether they are medicated or not, acupuncture works to support the body and enhance conception. In either case, I typically recommend weekly treatments through month of the IUI Cycle.
While treatment protocols and frequency vary, I commonly recommend patients come in for weekly treatments while preparing for an IVF cycle. Patients who take the time to get ready for a cycle respond better to medications, have fewer side effects from medications, have higher rates of pregnancy and fewer miscarriages. I recommend one to three months of consistent treatment for best results. During that time I will focus on:
If you 40 years of age and older, have not responded well to stimulation in past IVF cycles, have very low AMH or a very high FSH, you may want to consider twice a week treatments during deprogramming or down-regulation (birth control) and/or the weeks of Estrogen Priming.
I recommend one to two treatments per week during the stimulation phase of the IVF Cycle. Twice a week treatments are especially important for women who have diminished ovarian reserve, have not responded well to the stimulation phase in past IVF cycles, have low AMH levels, high FSH levels or are older than 35 years of age. Acupuncture treatment during this 8 to 12 day period has been found to:
Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial on the day of transfer when it is performed on site and specifically 20 minutes before transfer and 20 minutes after transfer. Because it is not possible to administer acupuncture on site in most Boston hospitals or IVF clinics, I recommend taking the day of transfer to rest, relax, hydrate and eat foods that are rich in nutrients.
Acupuncture can resume anytime in the days following your transfer. Many women find acupuncture to be a wonderful way to reduce stress levels while also supporting the uterus and nurture a developing embryo. Treatments will help:
I specialize in treating women during pregnancy and have found it to be beneficial in helping sustain healthy pregnancies, manage pregnancy symptoms and prepare women for labor. If you’d like to know more about acupuncture treatments during pregnancy click here.