When it comes to infertility, there are many treatment options available to couples trying to conceive. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most well-known and widely used options, but it can also be one of the most stressful and emotionally taxing. Thankfully, there is another option that can be used alongside IVF to enhance its success: acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. In recent years, acupuncture has become increasingly popular as a complementary therapy for infertility and IVF. The reason why is that it has been found that acupuncture can help to improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulate hormone levels, and improve egg and/or sperm quality. This can all have a positive impact on the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Research has shown that acupuncture can help to improve the chances of pregnancy during IVF by up to 65%. When performed before and after an IVF transfer, acupuncture can help to increase the likelihood of implantation and decrease the risk of miscarriage. Additionally, acupuncture can also help to reduce the side effects of IVF such as bloating, cramping, and fatigue.
Acupuncture can be used in different ways; one way is to prepare the body for IVF. By doing a series of acupuncture treatments before the IVF cycle, it can help to improve egg, lining and/or sperm quality
Then, after the embryo transfer, acupuncture can be used to support the implantation of the embryo and help to prevent miscarriage.
Many couples who are going through IVF find that acupuncture is a great way to help them relax and cope with the stress of the process. IVF can be an emotional rollercoaster, and acupuncture can help to balance emotions and reduce anxiety and depression. This can be of great help when going through a long and complex fertility journey.
It's important to note that acupuncture should only be performed by a licensed and qualified acupuncturist who is knowledgeable about fertility and IVF. Not all acupuncturists are created equal, and you want to make sure that you are working with someone who has experience and expertise in this area.
In conclusion, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to enhance the chances of successful pregnancy during IVF. By improving blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulating hormone levels, and reducing stress, acupuncture can help to increase the chances of implantation and decrease the risk of miscarriage. Furthermore, it can help to reduce the side effects of IVF and make the overall process less stressful and more manageable. So, if you are thinking of going through IVF, consider adding acupuncture to your treatment plan for the best results.
Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness
16 e 40th st NYC 10016