In vitro fertilization (IVF) & Fertility Acupuncture
Are you considering or currently in the process of IVF, ART or IUI?
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We understand that assisted reproductive treatments (ART) can be overwhelming. Our North Brisbane acupuncturists aim to simplify each stage of the process and provide step-by-step support for you. Given that we tailor our acupuncture treatment protocols to your unique situation, we take the time to discuss our recommendations during your initial acupuncture consultation and treatment.
IVF Pretreatment phase
Your external fertility specialist will determine your best pretreatment phase. The two options are either short or long pre-treatment protocols. Our acupuncturists tailor your acupuncture depending on your selected pre-treatment program.
Ovarian Stimulation Phase
During the ovarian stimulation phase two important aspects are monitored by your IVF clinic fertility specialists including your follicles and endometrial lining. Your IVF clinic specialist will be booked in for regular scans with your IVF fertility specialist. Our acupuncturists tailor your individual treatments depending on the results from the scans.
Trigger & Collection
The Brisbane IVF clinic will advise you on dates for trigger and egg retrieval .
Our qualified acupuncturists can advise you on acupuncture on the embryo transfer day.
A note on Acupuncture research:
In relation to the thousands of years that acupuncture has been around for, IVF is relatively new technology. Researchers continue to develop and change protocols and theories for IVF treatments. There is a mixed range of quality research for acupuncture and IVF, the results are considered unclear. Recent study found acupuncture improved the clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) among women undergoing IVF.(2)
(1) McDonald J, Janz S. 2017 The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
(2) Qian, Y Xia, X Ochin, H Huang, C Gao, C Gao, L Cui, Y Liu, U Meng, Y 2016 Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis: Archives of gynecology and obstetrics 2017 Vol.295, Issue 3 pp. 543-558 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00404-016-4255-y