Acupuncturists Yan Shi and Ivan Qiu – a husband and wife team operating as Acu8 Health – bring our patients the option of fertility-focused acupuncture, running from rooms in our clinic.
Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility both for men and women for a few thousand years. Recently a number of clinical studies show that acupuncture treatment can increase the likelihood of conception, by improving the thickness of the uterine lining, the follicle development and the quality of the eggs.
Using In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) alone, women have a 1 in 4 chance of falling pregnant. A recent review of acupuncture’s effect on IVF treatment in the British Medical Journal stated that acupuncture could increase a woman’s chance of pregnancy by 65%. At the same time, acupuncture IVF is safe and no adverse effects were reported.
At Acu8 Health, the acupuncture IVF support program is based on these evidence-based protocols. The kind and experienced practitioners will design treatment plans to suit your individual needs.
Acu8 Health’s practitioners help couples undergoing IVF in a number of ways:
Acupuncture prior to starting your IVF cycle helps balance your body including regulating your cycle, assisting with ovulation and improving semen quality and quantity. To create a flourishing garden, first we imbue the earth with nutrients & moisten the mulch, and then we till the soil. We do these things before we plant the seeds.
It is recommended that once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks prior to IVF medication to prepare your body. This procedure is the same prior to frozen embryo transfers. However, if you have missed this window, do not worry. Acu8 Health’s practitioners will assess and recommend an individualised treatment plan for you. Acu8 Health believes your own reproductive and overall health are the foundations of a successful IVF program, a sustained pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Acupuncture can help the ovaries respond better to the stimulation drugs by producing more follicles and good quality eggs. It can also thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for the transfer of embryos and reduce the side-effects of the drugs.
Acu8 Health recommends once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments during this phase.
After egg collection, IVF acupuncture can reduce any local tissue trauma or bleeding and help prepare a better environment for the arrival of an embryo.
Acu8 Health recommends one treatment 1~2 days after the egg collection.
Research has shown very positive results having one session of acupuncture before embryo transfer and one after transfer. These treatments show an increase of both clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates.
Acu8 Health recommends two acupuncture treatments before and after embryo transfers within 24 hours.
Acupuncture during this period potentially supports the implantation process, keeps your energy up and mind calm.
Acu8 Health recommends 2-3 treatments between the time of embryo transfer and the pregnancy test. If your pregnancy test is positive, we would strongly recommend ongoing treatments throughout your first trimester.
Acupuncture can increase sperm motility and quantity as well as decrease their abnormal forms. For some men whose semen have no sperm and who may require a testicular biopsy as part of the IVF procedures, acupuncture can help the production of their sperm.
Acu8 Health recommends once or twice weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks prior to sperm donation and 1 treatment before sperm donation on the donation day to reduce anxiety and increase blood flow to the genital area.