IVF (in vitro fertilization) is one of the most common fertility treatments today. IVF refers to the process of fertilizing an egg outside ofthe body then inserting a healthy embryo back into the body to initiate pregnancy. Chinese medical therapies date back to 2000 BC, while IVF technologies became popular in the 1980s.
Combining the wisdom of the time-tested medicine of East Asia with modern reproductive technologies has been shown to improve outcomes of IVF cycles. Using Chinese medicine to support people through their IVF journeys is a beautiful example of weaving ancient and modern medical knowledge.
Acupuncture helps mitigate uncomfortable side effects that may arise during a cycle of IVF, as well as improve success overall. Acupuncture helps to enhance egg quality and quantity, improve ovarian reserve, thicken endometrial lining, increase implantation rates, and balance hormones. In Western medical terms, these effects are achieved by improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the ovaries and uterus. Acupuncture treatment can also help with side effects like bloating, nausea, and emotional fluctuations that may arise from fertility drugs.
In Chinese medical terms, treatment is unique to each person based on the constitution. Strategies may include nourishing the Spleen and Stomach to encourage healthy production of Blood and Qi, moving stagnation in the Liver to relieve stress, boosting Kidney yang to warm the uterus, or clearing Blood stasis and phlegm to remove obstructions.
We ideally like to see patients in the months leading up to a round of IVF. This way we can regulate the body with both acupuncture and personalized herbal medicine treatments to prepare. The success rates of IVF leading to healthy babies increase considerably with regular treatment before the cycle, as well as receiving acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer. If your partner’s sperm is being used, acupuncture and herbal medicine can also be very effective at improving sperm quality.
We’d be honored to support you on your journey! Give us a call at the clinic at (206) 491-7746 to find out more.
AcupunctureAcupuncture is an ancient system of health care effective in treating many conditions. It’s based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine.
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FertilityFrom getting your body in balance to begin your fertility journey, to regulating your menses, to supporting you during the IVF process. We have many ways to increase your chances of success.
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