IVF – The Path To Parenthood
Visiting an IVF Clinic might not be how you expected to start your family, I know it wasn’t for me, but I can promise you…after you have your baby, it really doesn’t matter!
We are lucky to have the medical science available because for many couples it is the only option, so we want to do everything we can to use reflexology, functional medicine and acupuncture to support your IVF treatment and help you on your journey. We have worked with many couples going through IVF and have met many babies created with IVF!
Why Might You Need IVF?
Initially IVF was designed for women who had no fallopian tubes or couples where the man presented with poor sperm quality, however nowadays it has be shown to be helpful for a much broader spectrum of conditions that affect fertility. For example women with PCOS or endometriosis, same sex couples or in couples where there is a genetic problem and the embryos require PGT-A testing.
Whatever your reason for needing IVF, acupuncture, reflexology and functional medicine can support you on your journey
Acupuncture To Support IVF Treatment – The Evidence
Fifteen years ago a research study was published showing an increase in pregnancy rates when acupuncture was used alongside IVF treatments. This study has since been replicated and shows the same results, in fact, a paper was presented in 2016 showing a 50% increase in pregnancy rates in the IVF and acupuncture group vs. the acupuncture group alone.
IVF can be an emotionally challenging and stressful experience and having the time and space each week to relax on the couch and receive an acupuncture treatment that will support your fertility can be invaluable.
When Should I Come For Acupuncture IVF Treatment?
In an ideal world we would advise coming to see our acupuncture team three months before your IVF is due to start. This is because it takes 3 months for the eggs that will be collected in your IVF cycle to be recruited and matured and therefore we can have the best effect on your hormones that will help optimise egg quality over this timeframe.
If you come to our fertility clinic right before you are due to start your cycle, then our acupuncture IVF practitioners can still help you.
All of us have undertaken or are currently undertaking the Fertility Acupuncture Diploma which means we are Fertility Support Trained specialists, the gold standard in Fertility Acupuncture training.
We are fully versed with all types of fertility treatment and some of us have undergone IVF ourselves. We understand the process, all the nuances, meds and general rollercoaster of emotions that comes with fertility treatment.