At The Jade Centre we will help prepare your body and mind in readiness for your fertility treatment. You may be embarking on a course of IVF or IUI. To enable you to have the best possible chances of success our treatment includes a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. We also offer nutritional advice and emotional support.
Ideally treatment should begin at least 3 months before you start your IVF course. This will give us time to help address the variety of different factors that may be affecting your fertility. We can also help with any physical problems caused by previous IVF treatments.
Acupuncture is known to be very relaxing and may help you during a time that can be both stressful and emotionally draining. The peace and quiet of the sessions offers you the chance to reconnect with your body and restore a sense of purposefulness and hope. It also gives you the opportunity to visualise the wellbeing and health that you desire – a practice that is so important for couples who are planning to have IVF.
When you start your IVF medication we recommend acupuncture to help enhance your fertility and reduce any medication side effects – it will also help you feel calm and relaxed which is particularly helpful around this time.
Acupuncture after egg collection can help to soothe your body and help you to recover after the procedure.
We recommend acupuncture treatment both before and after embryo transfer. Research has demonstrated that having acupuncture both pre and post transfer promotes embryo implantation and increases pregnancy rates to over 60%, compared to women not having acupuncture (Paulus et al, 2002). It will also help you feel relaxed and less anxious, which is essential at this time.
Acupuncture during the ‘2 week wait’ and beyond
Acupuncture will help you stay as relaxed as possible during this often very stressful and worrying time.
‘A feeling of well-being is a factor which is really important to
couples who are planning to have IVF.’
– Louise Attwood
First 12 weeks of pregnancy
Once a positive result has been achieved, it is recommended to have acupuncture treatment until week 12 of your pregnancy to help ensure your pregnancy progresses smoothly, as well as helping with common pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and tiredness.
How acupuncture during IVF can help:
• Regulate fertility hormones & manage side effects
• Regulate stress hormones & manage side effects
• Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs
• Increase egg production and enhance egg quality
• Promote embryo implantation
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is often recommended before trying IVF.
For similar reasons to IVF preparation, acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment should ideally start at least 3 months before your IUI cycle begins, so we can aim to optimise your fertility health ready for IUI.
New research has demonstrated that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is highly effective in boosting fertility when used alongside IUI, finding that women who received intrauterine insemination (IUI) together with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine conceived in 65.5% of cases, compared with 39.4% of cases who only received IUI (Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari and Keren Sela of Tel Aviv’s Faculty of Medicine, 2012).