FERTILE QI IVF & ACUPUNCTURE SUPPORT
The path to conception for some may include Assisted Reproductive Technology such as IVF. The decision to undertake IVF in the hope of achieving your dream of taking home a healthy baby is a significant decision in any couples life.
At Fertile Qi our individualised treatment plan during your Assisted Reproduction cycle addresses the following:
- Reducing stress, anxiety & side effects of hormonal medications.
- Balancing hormones
- Improving egg quality
- Improving your response to hormonal therapy
- Improving blood circulation
- Building a healthy Endometrial Lining
- Improving implantation rate
- Improving success rates of IVF procedures
A 2008 meta-analysis of 7 previous studies has shown that women who choose fertility acupuncture to support the IVF process are 65% more likely to develop a successful embryo and those successful embryos are 91% more likely to develop into beautiful, happy and healthy babies.*
*(Effects of acupuncture in rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: systemic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2008 Mar 8; 336(7643): 545-9.
PROIR TO STARTING IVF
At Fertile Qi your IVF preparation treatment are usually scheduled once a week, ideally 12 weeks prior to beginning your IVF cycle.
Treatments before your IVF cycle help to prepare your body by regulating your menstrual cycle, ovulation, boost egg quality & improve your uterus lining.
DURING THE STIMULATION PHASE
During the stimulation phase up to 2 acupuncture treatments per week for 4 weeks is optimal and advised. Along with acupuncture treatment at time of embryo transfer. Treatments focus on the minimisation of any side effects from drugs prescribed during your cycle such as fatigue, moodiness, anxiety, bloating and headaches.
Whilst improving follicle development and enriching uterine lining for implantation by stimulating the flow of blood to the uterus, thus making the lining of the womb more receptive to the implantation of an embryo.
ACUPUNCTURE AFTER EGG COLLECTION
Acupuncture after egg collection immediately after or within 24 hours after egg pick up is recommended to reduce inflammation, trauma and bleeding after what is an invasive procedure. Treatments encourage a calm, nourishing environment in anticipation of the embryo arriving.
ACUPUNCTURE ON DAY OF EMBRYO TRANSFER
Acupuncture on the day of transfer follows a strict proven protocol known as the Paulus protocol, consisting of two acupuncture treatments: one immediately before and another immediately after the embryo transfer. Acupuncture points are also added at this time to address your individualised needs according to assessment of your pulse, tongue and presenting symptoms.
This protocol greatly increases pregnancy rates by aiding relaxation, preventing uterine cramping and increasing implantation rates.
ACUPUNCTURE ONE WEEK AFTER TRANSFER
By moderating the effects of your immune system and boosting the blood circulation to your endometrium, acupuncture can reduce the risk of the embryo being rejected by your immune system and assist the development of the placenta. Treatments also decrease stress and anxiety calming your mind and aid in reducing any stress you may be experiencing during the 2 week wait for your pregnancy results after your Assisted cycle.