IVF Acupuncture for Embryo Transfer

Laser acupuncture is a cutting-edge technique that uses low-level lasers (LLLT) in place of needles to stimulate traditional acupuncture points. It has been shown to increase the rate of implantation by 15% over traditional acupuncture when administered before and after transfer.

Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture treatments at the time of transfer can significantly increase the chance of implantation and full-term pregnancy. We can help you maximize your chances of pregnancy success and ease your stress and anxiety during the IVF process with our scientifically-based acupuncture and laser acupuncture treatments.

We offer traditional acupuncture and laser acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on-site at Olive Fertility Centre. For our Grace, PCRM, and Genesis patients, we offer traditional and laser acupuncture at the Acubalance clinic on transfer day (we are only a few blocks from Grace or Genesis).


Acubalance's onsite laser acupuncture treatment protocol on IVF transfer 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. All transferred embryos were chromosomally tested to be normal.  We were looking to see if the Acubalance protocol helped with uterine receptivity and implantation.  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 who did not have onsite laser + acupuncture for chromosomally normal transferred embryos.


Laser Acupuncture for embryo transfer

Acubalance is the only clinic in BC to offer you the option of laser acupuncture in addition to traditional acupuncture on your transfer day.

Acubalance Wellness Centre offers laser acupuncture before and after transfer on site at Olive Fertility Centre.

Video about laser acupuncture on IVF Transfer Day

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer

Acubalance IVF laser acupuncture treatments are based on the latest research. The most recent study shows that using laser acupuncture before and after transfer as well as needle acupuncture, in specific points, significantly increases the rate of implantation and pregnancy rates.

Treatment: Two treatments on transfer day. 

Laser Acupuncture Study May 2009

A large prospectus study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility demonstrated through a randomized, placebo-controlled, multiarm trial of in vitro fertilization at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) that laser acupuncture before and after embryo transfer improved implantation rates up to 15% 

This study, by Dr. Fratterelli and his colleagues, is the largest randomized, controlled trial evaluating acupuncture in the setting of IVF, as well as the first ever to evaluate laser acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy in IVF.

1,000 women underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) in an experiment, each one randomized to receive either laser acupuncture from a low-power laser, traditional needle acupuncture, laser sham acupuncture, relaxation therapy, or no treatment; the rate of implantation was significantly higher in the laser acupuncture group than in the other groups. 

Compared with the sham group, the implantation rate in the laser acupuncture group was significantly better, odds ratio 1.26, and the clinical pregnancy rate also was higher, 55% vs. 44%. 

All interventions occurred 25 minutes before the embryo transfer and then shortly after the transfer as well. Women in the relaxation group listened to soft music in a quiet setting. Those in the two acupuncture and the sham groups received treatment at five acupoints before the embryo transfer and at four acupoints after the transfer.

Dr. Fratterelli concluded "laser acupuncture performed on the day of embryo transfer was well tolerated and significantly improved implantation rates in our patient population. We feel that laser acupuncture could also be used to improve outcomes during IVF."

Laser Acupuncture Improves IVF Fertility Treatment Outcomes, according to the 1,000 patient infertility study conducted by board-certified reproductive endocrinologists. 

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To find out more on how Acubalance can help you, call 604-678-8600 or email clinic@acubalance.ca to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with one of our experienced practitioners.