Acupuncture for IVF significantly increases your chances of live birth when used during an IVF cycle, when compared to those who did IVF alone.
—Lee Hullender acupuncturist and researcher
We have helped thousands of infertile women have babies using acupuncture to enhance fertility naturally or when combined with IVF.
Acupuncture For IVF Support
During the IVF procedure eggs are removed form the ovaries and fertilized with sperm. After the retevial of the eggs, embryos are placed in the woman’s uterus. Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, Department of Health
With acupuncture combined with IVF woman have a significant increase in pregnancy rates of up to 65% and an increase in live birth rates up to 91%. —The British Journal of Medicine
Our treatments are based on protocols used in clinical trials, which demonstrated increased blood flow to the uterus and ovaries and better regulation of hormones, which are important to follicular development and successful implantation.
Generally speaking patients receive acupuncture twice weekly for 4-6 weeks prior to embryo transfer, the day before their retevial, and acupuncture for pre-and post embryo transfer. While other patients receive preconception acupuncture for 3 -6 months depending on age and their reproductive history.
Acupuncture For Ovarian Stimulation
Acupuncture reduced the following side effects while women were taking hormone drugs such as emotional tension, headaches, night sweats, abdominal distention, and breast tenderness. Acupuncture may increase follicular growth and reduce the risk of hyper-ovarian –stimulation.
Acupuncture for Pre-Post
A German study found that using acupuncture with IVF more than doubled pregnancy rates when given the morning of and after embryo-transfers, read more.
Based on our clinical observation we have modified the study, patients receive preconception acupuncture for 4-6 weeks prior to IVF followed by a treatment the day before retevial and pre and post transfer, with two holding treatments after the transfer until pregnancy is confirmed. Using this protocol we have seen more pregnancies and fewer miscarriages.
Acupuncture and Laser
Increases Implantation Rates
A recent large study published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, demonstrated through a randomized, placebo-controlled, multiarm trial of in vitro fertilization at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), that laser acupuncture before and after embryo-transfer improved implantation rates up to 15%. This is the largest randomized, controlled study evaluating acupuncture in a setting of IVF, as well as evaluating laser as an adjunctive therapy on IVF.
The Zoll Center is currently one of the only clinics in Florida to offer this proven therapy of laser and acupuncture to increase implantation rates, using the Luminex Laser and same protocol as used in RMA study.
Acupunctrue for IUI
Intrauterine insemination IUI is a form of assisted conception. During IUI your doctor will place washed and prepared sperm into your uterus, (womb) and near to your eggs at the time of ovulation. The procedure is often combined with fertility drugs to increase your chances of conceiving. The babycenter.com
Women that are preparing for an IUI receive twice weekly acupuncture treatments for four to five weeks prior to an IUI procedure. In addition acupuncture is given the day before, the same or next day, and three days after IUI. Acupuncture reduces the side effects of hormone stimulating drugs, improves blood flow to the uterus, and improves embryo implantation.
Once you have received the good news that you are pregnant, we suggest that you have acupuncture one to two times weekly through your first trimester, and then two times monthly until you have your baby. We have a saying in the office, ”getting pregnant is the first step, taking home a healthy baby is the goal. Acupuncture may prevent pregnancy loss.