You may have read or heard about the benefits of acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer.
Acupuncture has been found to improve blood flow to the ovaries and endometrium, settle uterine contractions, reduce stress on the nervous system and encourage relaxation.
For these reasons, research has found that having acupuncture immediately before and immediately after your embryo transfer can improve not just your chance of falling pregnant, but your chance of taking home a beautiful baby by up to 65%.
That’s great odds. Why isn’t everyone doing it? Or better yet, why isn’t everyone falling pregnant and taking home babies who have had acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer?
A closer look at the statistics shows that ten women need to be treated for just one woman to have this increased chance.
So basically, only 10% of women have a 65% chance of improving their IVF success when having acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer.
The difficulty we have, is that we don’t know which women are going to be more likely to get that 65% increased chance. It would be great to think that we might have a screening tool for this in the future, but it doesn’t look like that’s on the cards just yet.
What we do know though, is that your general health absolutely plays a role in your IVF outcome and perhaps more importantly, the health of your baby.
“Acupuncture can play in big role in improving your general health.”
Before acupuncture was known for its help with IVF, it had been used for centuries and continues to be used to help millions of people around the world maintain wellness and restore health.
Just a few of the things it can help with include; improving the health of your uterine lining, reducing pain, reducing inflammation, calming the effect stress has on your body, improving egg quality, increasing sperm count and movement and improving digestion.
Acupuncture is also safe and mostly pain free, especially when practised by a qualified practitioner.
So, if you wanted to ensure you are in that 10% of women who get the best outcome with acupuncture and IVF, finds ways to become the healthiest you can be. Start your acupuncture treatments three months before you start your IVF.
You won’t regret feeling healthier and you may just get that positive you’ve been hoping for.
Founder of The Point of Wellbeing, an acupuncture clinic on the Gold Coast focused on natural support for fertility, IVF and pregnancy.