Acupuncture Benefits Patients With Anxiety During IVF

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A recent study suggests acupuncture can be an important non-pharmacological therapy to support patients with anxiety during IVF.


I was the acupuncturist who initiated IVF acupuncture being available on-site at IVF clinics on transfer day in Vancouver, BC. I did have a few clinics back in 2002 discourage their patients from using acupuncture as IVF acupuncture was so foreign to most back then. Integrative fertility care certainly has evolved since then as most clinics now have their go to acupuncturists on site and my Acubalance team and I offer IVF acupuncture and laser sessions daily on-site at Olive Fertility Centre.


Patients appreciate the integrative fertility care and especially the relaxation effect from the acupuncture. I was once referred to as a woman's fertility doula for being on-site and offering her one-on-one support for her on transfer day. I can see how having that extra person at your side can help alleviate the IVF related anxiety and then add the acupuncture with it and you really feel calmer.


Acupuncture reduces the stress response

  • The Acu-Buzz - Acupuncture leads to relaxed muscles, your breathing to slow, and to peace of mind. This calm response from acupuncture helps IVF patients feel more relaxed during their fertility treatment, and as a result, also feel more “in control.” Stress hormones can interfere with ovulation and implantation and the stress response can also lead to a reduction of blood flow to your reproductive organs, so your acu-buzz indirectly helps with nourishing your ovaries and uterine lining.



Acubalance's onsite laser acupuncture treatment protocol on Frozen Embryo transfer (FET) day for Comprehensive Chromosome Screened (CCS) embryos had a higher pregnancy rate and lower miscarriage rate than women that did not receive Acubalance treatments on-site at Olive Fertility Centre. All transferred embryos were chromosomally tested to be normal. Olive did a retrospective analysis for the period January 2016 to March 2018 of FET transfers that were screened for normal chromosomes. They compared those who had onsite Acubalance laser acupuncture to those who did not. Patients receiving Acubalance onsite IVF laser acupuncture treatments had higher pregnancy rates and lower miscarriages compared to those who did not have onsite laser + acupuncture for chromosomally normal transferred embryos. And women who had a series of acupuncture and laser sessions leading up to transfer plus IVF acupuncture on transfer day had the highest success rate.


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