IVF & ART
Recent studies demonstrated that acupuncture just before and just after embryo transfer results in much higher ongoing pregnancy rates, live birth rates and lower miscarriage rates (you can read the full articles on our studies and research page). This is really positive news for both first time IVF/ART patients and patients who have tried IVF/ART without success in the past.
There are many reasons why acupuncture is so successful in assisting patients undergoing IVF. Acupuncture stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which increases blood flow (vasodilatation) and also allows the patient to become incredibly relaxed. The increased blood flow to the uterus and ovaries promotes growth of the uterine lining as well as folliclular growth. In addition, during implantation sometimes the uterus “flutters” and has small contractions. It has been suggested that acupuncture allows for such deep relaxation that this no longer occurs. Serum progesterone and estrogen levels are also seen to have positive changes in patients being treated with acupuncture and herbs.
Perhaps most importantly, at our clinic we see FSH levels consistently lowered as a result of regular acupuncture treatments.