Enhancing IVF with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
In circumstances where risk factors for infertility are known, IAS has found that various protocols can substantially help in preparing couples for a successful IVF cycle. Some of these include a history of:
- Elevated FSH
- Poor Lining
- Prior IVF failure
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Male factor
Depending on the issue, a course of treatments from 1 to 3 months prior to an IVF cycle may be recommended.
During an IVF Cycle
During an IVF cycle, IAS offers standardized administration of evidence based protocols achieving an over 60% increase in ongoing pregnancies in controlled studies. The number of treatments depends on the protocol used. The decision of which protocol to use and the incorporation of modifications depends on the history of the patient and various parameters that are checked throughout the cycle. A typical cycle will involve 4 to 10 treatments.
After Embryo Transfer
Of course a successful pregnancy means little unless you can carry that pregnancy to term. At IAS, our focus is not only on carrying a pregnancy to term, but to ensure the healthiest possible environment for fetal development and ultimately the healthiest possible baby.
To that end, IAS offers treatments to help ensure proper circulation and nutrient delivery to the growing fetus. There is also evidence that it may also help protect the fetus by increasing the antioxidant status of the blood.
These treatments also help the body adapt to the changes that are occurring during this time. Research has demonstrated that Acupuncture can reduce miscarriage rates and ectopic pregnancies and increase live births. It can also promote healthier pregnancies.