Pre and Post Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization (IVF), is a very emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically altering procedure. It is for this reason that many women choose to have some form of acupuncture to help them relax. A woman who is more relaxed will be a better candidate for a successful fertilization and will have decreased likelihood of having any excessive or prolonged side effects. The acupuncture apparatus is to achieve relaxation of the uterus in order to prevent uterine contractions. Acupuncture also sets the woman’s mind, brings better blood perfusion and energy into the uterus, moreover, the method relaxes the woman and stabilizes the endocrine system. There is a cost associated with the procedure and it is imperative that one chooses a professional who will suit their needs.

Those individuals who live in Denver may visit the Denver Holistic Center to obtain more information about the procedure and their options pre and post embryo transfer. The pre-embryo transfer involves the patient to lie on their back and the acupuncture needles are inserted in the ears throughout the body, totaling to about 13 needles. The goal of each needle is to obtain a Qi response (neurological). About midway through the entire process, some of the needles are twisted and at the end when the needles are removed it is suggested to fill your bladder. Then about fifteen minutes after the transfer, you will relieve your bladder and the needles will again be inserted in different parts than the pre-transfer. In about ten minutes the needles are twisted and then removed about fifteen minutes later.

 

Figure 1 – Women who have had the use of acupuncture for IVF.3 Different studies have shown different results as to which form of acupuncture are used, however, very few use no form of acupuncture.

Figure 1 – Women who have had the use of acupuncture for IVF.3 Different studies have shown different results as to which form of acupuncture are used, however, very few use no form of acupuncture.

Figure 2 – The same studies with the results expanded.4 Even with one acupuncture treatment, results can be seen with increased implantation rate versus the group with no acupuncture.

Figure 2 – The same studies with the results expanded.4 Even with one acupuncture treatment, results can be seen with increased implantation rate versus the group with no acupuncture.

As can be seen, research has significantly shown that IVF combined with acupuncture increases pregnancy rates, implantation rates, reduces the risks of miscarriages (losing the fetus before 20th week of gestation), decreases occurrence of ectopic pregnancy (embryo implants anywhere except the uterus, i.e. fallopian tubes), and reduces stress. Recently, the British Medical Journal analyzed all data on IVF and acupuncture. Their data showed 65% increase in pregnancy and 87% increase in sequential pregnancies and a 91% increase in live births. It is recommended the session be within 24 hours prior to the embryo transfer.

Fortunately, there are no long term side effects of complete contraindications to acupuncture, so all women who are planning an embryo transfer should speak to their doctor about having a session before and after transfer. Furthermore, sperm donors should also schedule a session before providing a sample to help relax their body and improve their sperm count. With the day to day stressors added on with the a couple needing to turn to IVF may make a cocktail of messy hormonal changes. These stressors not only affect the parents internally, but they will reflect upon the success of implantation. Finding the right fit for you may significantly improve your implantation chances. And the results will be cumulative. When a couple is able to have a healthy pregnancy, it will decrease the stress for the potential subsequent pregnancy. These results are based on fact andnot myth.

 

Figure 3 – These are some more results showing how miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies were decreased whereas pregnancy rates and live births were increased with IVF combined with acupuncture.

Figure 3 – These are some more results showing how miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies were decreased whereas pregnancy rates and live births were increased with IVF combined with acupuncture.