Acupuncture for IVF Treatment & Other ARTs
Acupuncture to support your health while going through IVF treatment.
IVF is generally a mentally and physically stressful experience. It requires a range of pharmaceuticals, frequent scans and invasive procedures. IUI is less invasive and involves fewer drugs, but can be equally mentally challenging.
Acupuncture can be helpful before, during and after these treatments, providing a supportive and personalised therapy, focused on fertility.
Acupuncture for IVF & other ARTs
- Preparation before the start of IVF & IUI
- Supporting the body during a cycle
- Help to maintain emotional balance
- Pre and post embryo transfer
When is it best to start acupuncture for IVF?
We advise that you start acupuncture a few months before commencing IVF. We consider the three-month period before starting IVF or IUI to be an important time to prepare physically.
For women we work with you at different stages of your cycle paying attention to your menstrual and hormone patterns. For men this is an important time to optimise sperm quality. For both men and women we use acupuncture and dietary therapy and we will recommend life style changes, if we believe them to be helpful.
If you have already started on an IVF programme, there are specific stages at which acupuncture can be most useful:
- during the follicular stimulation phase
- after egg collection
- preparing for frozen embryo transfer
- on the day before/of embryo transfer
- during the week before the pregnancy test
Your acupuncture will vary according to which IVF protocol you are following: long or short protocols, frozen embryo cycles or natural cycle. We will also adapt our treatments according to your response to the fertility medication. Many of the drugs used in IVF are hormones, and therefore they affect different women in different ways.
I am convinced that I would not have become a mum if I had not had acupuncture!”
For IVF & Other ARTs
Useful information and advice on IVF and Fertility
Here are some great articles and videos that you may find helpful.