Naturopathic support surrounding your IUI or IVF cycle can be very beneficial in how your body responds to concurrent medical fertility treatment.
If time permits, a pre-conception program is implemented to help support overall health and quality of egg and sperm. Once you are ready to do an IUI cycle or an IVF cycle, the program is catered to support the different stages of this cycle.
An individualized supplement and diet plan will be put in place and then we focus on acupuncture to support your cycle.
ACUPUNCTURE AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES (IVF & IUI)
Acupuncture can be very helpful for those patients undergoing treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding acupuncture and ART:
I will be undergoing IVF. When should I start acupuncture and how often should I receive treatment?
Ideally it is recommended that you start acupuncture treatments at least 1-3 months prior to the commencement of the IVF cycle. Acupuncture is done initially to support the egg retrieval part of the cycle. This treatment brings blood flow to the reproductive organs and helps support ovarian function of trying to produce as many follicles/eggs as possible. Once egg retrieval has happened, acupuncture helps prepare for the embryo transfer. This phase supports thickening of the uterine lining to help optimize implantation of the embryo. Both parts of the IVF cycle are equally as important and acupuncture provides a great benefit. It can also help keep stress levels down since this tends to be a very stressful time for women.
My IVF/IUI cycle has already started. Is it too late to start acupuncture?
It is never too late to start acupuncture. While you would likely obtain more cumulative benefits from starting treatments early, acupuncture provides such powerful benefits with each session, that it is something you can begin doing at any stage of your fertility journey!
Shall I have acupuncture right before and after the embryo transfer?
Absolutely – Yes!! On the day of the embryo transfer, I usually suggest to patients to have an acupuncture treatment before the transfer and then have a subsequent treatment right after the transfer. If possible, I will come to the clinic where you are having the procedure to provide these treatments for you. These half-hour acupuncture treatments promote a tremendous relaxation benefit during this very stressful time, as well as preparing the uterus for implantation of the embryo. Research has shown that having acupuncture immediately pre & post embryo transfer can improve your chances of success by 40%.
Shall I have acupuncture right around my IUI?
Just as acupuncture provides a huge benefit pre/post embryo transfer, the same goes for pre/post IUI. The idea is to help reduce stress levels on the day of the procedure, promote blood flow to the reproductive organs and help support implantation.