Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Fertility and IVF

Acupuncture can be used safely and effectively during an IVF cycle. Many people use acupuncture to help improve their chances of conceiving.

IVF Preconception Care

In the month before your IVF/ICSI cycle, we follow an evidence-based
acupuncture protocol to prepare your body for embryo transfer. Treatments are scheduled twice a week during the 5 weeks prior to egg retrieval. Research has shown that acupuncture helps improve the success rate of IVF/ICSI by:

  • Improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
  • Improving response to hormonal stimulation
  • Alleviating possible side effects of fertility medications
  • Improving the thickness and perfusion of blood to the uterine lining
  • Calming the uterus to help prepare for and support implantation
  • Reducing stress and promoting relaxation

For males with sub-optimal sperm parameters, we recommend regular acupuncture treatments during the three months prior to an IVF/ICSI cycle and then scheduling visits 2 times per week for the 2 weeks prior to your partner’s egg retrieval. These acupuncture treatments may be supplemented by the use of Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle counseling and nutritional supplements.

IVF Embryo Transfer

We will do relaxing acupuncture treatments before and after your transfer. A well-respected study using acupuncture with IVF showed the acupuncture group had a success rate of 42.5%, compared with 26.3% in the control group, when treated with acupuncture before and after their IVF embryo transfer.

Pregnancy Support (first trimester)

With a positive pregnancy test result, we will continue with weekly acupuncture treatments until 12-13 weeks, to help stabilize and support your pregnancy. This is especially important if you have had a previous miscarriage or with pregnancies conceived using IVF. The treatments are gentle and supportive and help promote a healthy pregnancy.