Acupuncture and IVF Assistance

The London Acupuncture Space develops acupuncture programmes to support couples undergoing Western fertility treatments, such as IVF, IUI, ICSI and natural conception.

The success rates for IVF conception are usually between 20-30% depending on the fertility clinic. Western and Chinese research papers have shown that acupuncture can positively influence the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy (ART). In a recent study in Germany, a 26.3% success rate was achieved for women receiving no acupuncture, while a 42.5% success rate was achieved by those receiving acupuncture (Paulus et al, 2002). Read about this study.

Acupuncture and IVF Programme:

Before IVF: Preparation treatment for IVF and fertility treatment can begin for the couple several months prior to Western fertility treatment. If both partners adopt a preconceptual healthcare programme including acupuncture and nutrition for at least 3-4 months prior to conception, it is possible to have an impact on the health of both the egg and sperm and reproductive outcomes. Even a six week course of acupuncture can help prepare the body for IVF treatment.

During IVF: We recommend weekly acupuncture during IVF and fertility treatment. Acupuncture is advised before embryo transfer to invigorate blood flow to the uterus in order to make the body more receptive to the embryo and post embryo transfer to support the embryo and relax the uterus so that it does not reject the egg.

It is also useful for the male to have acupuncture prior to providing a semen sample to relieve anxiety.

Post Conception-Care: Where conception is achieved, we encourage weekly acupuncture during the first trimester (up until week 13) to reduce the increased risk of miscarriage that occurs with IVF induced pregnancies. This also recommended where there is a history of recurrent miscarriage. Acupuncture offers a safe, natural therapy thoughout all stages of pregnancy and can be used to ease morning sickness, for breech presentation, anxiety, labour induction and pain relief. Where conception is not achieved, on-going support and care is available.