Preparation – A full series of Traditional Chinese Medical treatments in advance of ART procedures (which may include IUI or IVF) work to improve your overall health and regulate your nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems, allowing optimal possibilities for conception. Acupuncture treatments contribute to a smoother ART procedure if given prior to embryo retrieval.
During Fertility Medication Protocol – Acupuncture reduces the side effects of the medications, which can vary (depending on the person) from mood swings to indigestion. It also increases blood flow to your uterus, thereby thickening the endometrial lining and preparing it for implantation.
Embryo Transfer – We will provide Acupuncture both before and after your transfer. That alone will increase your chances of achieving pregnancy by reducing stress, relaxing the uterus, and reducing cramping.
And- to better facilitate fertility and bodily health, it is recommended to patients that they receive a minimum of 9-weeks of consistent acupuncture treatment while following Iris's comprehensive lifestyle recommendations. During this time, the focus is on regulating imbalances that may be occurring elsewhere in the body, which is a different approach from western medicine. While underlying issues like IBS or anxiety might not be of primary concern to a reproductive endocrinologist, they are vitally important from a Chinese Medicine viewpoint. Any imbalance, whether digestive, menstrual, emotional or dietary – needs to be restored in order to maximize a person’s fertile potential.