Why Should I Do Acupuncture During My IVF Cycle ?

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Acupuncture increases the IVF success rate of getting pregnant as well as having a healthy child.   It commonly takes multiple IVF cycles before achieving a healthy pregnancy during IVF treatments!  Anything that can help make this process shorter not only saves thousands of dollars, but adds emotional support and stress relief.

Acupuncture is now a mainstream fertility treatment option, no longer is it known as some type of strange new medicine.  Most IVF clinics and Reproductive Endocrinologists now suggest acupuncture during patients' IVF cycles.  Acupuncture benefits pregnancy rates and decreases complications such as ectopic pregnancies.  
Studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the reproductive tract, aiding the lining of the uterus to help implantation.  This increase in blood flow to the reproductive organs also has a positive impact on the ovaries during the stimulation phase of an IVF cycle.   
Acupuncture can be performed either with the use of needles or a laser without causing discomfort but creating maximum benefits.  In my practice in Vancouver, BC I see the greatest clinical benefit when both women and men are able to do several months of acupuncture before entering an IVF cycle.  This pre-conception care helps not only prepare the body for the upcoming IVF, but also the goal of achieving a healthy pregnancy!  
There are so many things that can be done to help improve your chances for a BFP (big fat pregnancy - positive preg test).  From acupuncture to diet to lifestyle, you can be proactive in taking control of your fertility, even during an IVF cycle.  
If you are needing help to find direction with your fertility or need support through an IVF cycle, please contact us for a free 15 minute phone consultation.  
For more research and studies on how acupuncture supports you during an IVF cycle please click here.  
All the best in your fertility journey - Naturally or with IVF, I wish you a healthy child!

Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the American Board of Oriental and Reproductive Medicine