IVF Acupuncture increases odds of live birth by 30 percent

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The takeaway message from this publication is acupuncture dosage matters when it comes to increasing your chances of a live birth when acupuncture is used in an IVF cycle. Acupuncture has a compounded effect, and just receiving acupuncture on transfer day may not provide the same benefit as a series of sessions leading up to transfer and including on transfer day.

“Recent meta-analyses found acupuncture is effective to increase the risk of live births by 30% when acupuncture was compared with no treatment in nine trials of 1,980 women. The efficacy of acupuncture is unclear, however, and confounded by the need for an adequate, inert control. Acupuncture does not increase the risk of miscarriage. Additionally, acupuncture was 42% more effective to increase live births when women had previously failed a cycle, and baseline pregnancy rate continues to mediate acupuncture’s effects.“

 

Think of it this way. We know diet and exercise can prevent and reverse diseases such as type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To benefit from the lifestyle interventions (diet and exercise) you would need to eat and exercise a few times a week over a period of time. You would not expect your labs to change (cholesterol, blood sugars, blood pressure, weight, etc.) from just one day of healthy eating and exercise. The same appears to hold for acupuncture used with IVF. Just having acupuncture on transfer day is inferior to having a series of acupuncture sessions leading up to and including transfer day.

 

At Acubalance, our laser + acupuncture approach for FET onsite at Olive Fertility was reviewed and those who had 7 or more Acubalance sessions by transfer day plus treatment on transfer day had a higher pregnancy rate and lower miscarriage rate than those who had no laser + acupuncture on transfer day.  Read more >>

 

Fresh cycle: We recommend 3 cycles of preconception care (Read make the next 100 days count) leading up to an IVF Retrieval.

 

Frozen cycle: Starting acupuncture a week before your bleed so you have 2 sessions completed by the time you start your estrace to build your lining for your FET cycle with 2/week sessions until transfer FET.

 

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IVF Acupuncture increases odds of live birth by 30 percent