Acupuncture for IVF Thin lining
Acupuncture & Thin Endometrial Lining
The thickness and quality of your endometrial lining may have an impact on the success of your IVF and your ability to carry a baby to term.
Endometrial thickness has been shown to be an important prognostic factor of successful embryo implantation in IVF. In general, as endometrial thickness after IVF stimulation increases, so does pregnancy rate. Endometrial thickness between 6mm-14mm is ideal. Pregnancies do occur when the endometrial thickness is < 6mm or >14mm but it seems not as often.
Our approach at Acubalance is aimed at improving both thickness of lining and quality of endometrial lining. We recommend a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and supplements for best results.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the lining. One study shows that acupuncture not only thickens endometrial lining but increase vascularization of the lining as well. It is well-known that a lining can be thick yet not full of life giving blood (vascularized).
At Acubalance, we use a combination of two evidence-based protocols (the Yu Lining and Steiner impediment protocol) to enhance blood flow and improve lining thickness and quality, thus enhancing implantation and reduce miscarriage rates.
We find that 3-5 acupuncture treatments per week for the weeks leading up to transfer are optimal for improving blood flow and lining receptivity.
Custom Chinese herb formula
There is no one specific formula for lining. We treat the underlying imbalance contributing to thin and/or poor quality lining. This could be blood deficiency, blood stasis, Qi stagnation, cold uterus, or a number of other conditions. Our approach is to create a herbal formula that addresses your particular underlying imbalance.
L-Arginine: an amino acid available in supplement form that may dilate clitoral blood vessels, increasing flow to erogenous/reproductive zones. This supplement is beneficial for both men and women but please note that it feeds the herpes virus so if you have herpes, you may be at risk of breaking out by taking this supplement.
Omega 3 Fatty Acid (animal source): some evidence indicates that people with certain circulatory problems, such as varicose veins, may benefit from the consumption of EPA and DHA, which may stimulate blood circulation, increase the breakdown of fibrin (a compound involved in clot and scar formation), and reduce blood pressure.
Acupuncture can also be used to improve the lining for a frozen embryo or donor treat for 4-5 consecutive days.
More info and research using acupuncture for thin lining (click here)
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For my colleagues who treat infertility and work with women who have thin lining please note Dr. Elisabet Stener Victorin has updated her thin lining acupuncture protocol and states it gives better results than her previous protocol. She discusses the points and physiology behind them in her course for acupuncturists at Treating Complex Gynecological Conditions with Evidence-based Acupuncture
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Lorne Brown B.Sc., CPA, Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt
Acubalance Wellness Centre