Acupuncture During IVF and IUI
Supporting your Assisted Reproductive Technology cycles with acupuncture can potentially improve the outcome, while helping to manage anxiety and stress levels. Many studies (including a qualitative study Mary helped perform in collaboration with RMA NY) have demonstrated the benefits of combining acupuncture with your IVF and IUI cycles.
One study performed by Paulus, et al. (2002) showed an almost 50% increase in pregnancy rates when acupuncture was performed before and after embryo transfer in an IVF. Another study by Hollander Rubin et al. (2015) found that patients who received acupuncture along with the full care of Chinese medicine (customized herbs and nutrition along with other appropriate lifestyle changes) for months leading up to their IVF had an even greater improvement in the outcomes. Mary currently provides onsite acupuncture for patients undergoing embryo transfers at CCRM NY.
How to incorporate acupuncture into your IVF and IUI:
Before your IVF:
Getting comfortable with your Acupuncturist before your IVF is ideal. You can incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes that may improve your health and also impact your IVF experience and outcome. Weekly sessions are recommended in the 2-3 months leading up to your IVF.
During your IVF:
Acupuncture should be performed weekly (and in cases of poor ovarian reserve/response twice weekly) during the stimulation phase of your IVF. You can discuss a more customized plan with your practitioner, but it is common to strategically time sessions before the retrieval, before and after embryo transfer and a week following the transfer.
During a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET):
For FET cycles, weekly acupuncture is recommended with sessions timed before and after embryo transfer.
During an IUI:
Weekly acupuncture during an IUI are recommended, timing one session close to the IUI.
After a Successful IUI or IVF
Acupuncture is a wonderful and safe addition to your prenatal care from the very first positive test through labor and delivery and postpartum care. For more information on how acupuncture can support a healthy pregnancy click here!