IVF Supporting Treatments in Melbourne
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment has proven to be extremely effective in helping support IVF patients throughout Melbourne and the rest of the world. A review published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 found that Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) treatment can increase success rates of IVF by 65%. Chinese medicine greatly helps patients by improving one’s general wellbeing, regulating the autonomic nervous system and therefore maintaining an appropriate balance in hormones required for a successful pregnancy. It also relaxes the uterus, increases the uterine blood flow and thickens the uterine lining, so that it is more receptive to receiving an embryo. Sometimes, IVF acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has proven to be so effective that patients may even conceive naturally before the IVF process begins. TCM treatment provides new hope for many who may have difficulty conceiving, and has helped many infertile and IVF patients achieve their dream of bearing a beautiful, healthy baby.
At Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre in Melbourne, we offer pregnancy and IVF acupuncture to Melbourne patients looking to conceive.
Benefits of Acupuncture when Conceiving
There are many ways IVF acupuncture and Chinese medicine can support couples who are trying to conceive:
• Diet and life style advice, combined with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, can improve ovarian function to produce better quality eggs.
• TCM treatment helps balance the levels of fertility hormones (e.g. FSH, LH, estrogen), and lessens the side effects of drugs used before and during the medication phase of IVF.
• Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer can promote successful implantation.
• Increasing blood flow to the uterus, and increasing the thickness of the uterine lining.
• Preventing the uterus from contracting.
• Reducing anxiety levels associated with infertility and IVF.
• Improving sperm morphology and motility.
• Supporting and helping sustain pregnancy.
Your treatment process
As with the fertilisation procedure itself, our IVF acupuncture for Melbourne patients is a process involving several stages, from preparing the body for conception, to maintenance of the body during pregnancy. Each stage of the process is important, and patients are advised to attend weekly consultations and treatments, plus an additional treatment on the day of the embryo transfer stage of the fertilisation procedure.
Below is an outline of the TCM for IVF support process:
1. Preparing the body for IVF
Before trying to conceive, it is important to ensure that the body is ready to do so. Many factors, such as stress and anxiety, can affect the body’s balance of hormones, reducing the chances of pregnancy. In addition, some underlying conditions including endometriosis and PCOS can cause infertility and interfere with the body’s ability to successfully bear an embryo or fetus, thus reducing the chances of successful conception. Our IVF acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in our Melbourne clinics can help treat the disorders associated with infertility, and increase your chances of successfully conceiving naturally or with medical assistance. In addition, TCM treatment also works to improve the general wellbeing and constitution of the body, further putting you in a better position for falling pregnant. In several cases, this stage of TCM treatment has been able to restore a patient’s natural menstrual cycle and allowed them to conceive naturally.
2. TCM treatment during the medication phase of IVF
During the medication phase of IVF, drugs will be prescribed by your doctor, in order to stimulate greater ovulation necessary for the procedure. IVF acupuncture during this phase can help increase the effectiveness of these medications by regulating the body’s hormone levels to ensure an appropriate balance and encouraging an increased blood supply to the uterus and ovaries. This not only encourages the ovaries to develop more follicles and produce healthier eggs, but also results in a thicker lining of the uterus which increases the chances of a successful implantation of the embryo and conception. In addition, TCM treatment can also help in relieving many of the side effects associated with any medications.
3. TCM treatment after egg collection
After the egg collection phase of the IVF procedure, local tissue trauma or bleeding may occur. This can disturb the environment in which the embryo will be implanted after embryo transfer and decrease the chances of a successful pregnancy. Having TCM treatment after egg collection in our Melbourne clinic can effectively reduce these symptoms and help prepare a calm, suitable environment for the embryo after transfer, creating a perfect environment for a successful pregnancy.
4. Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer
On the day of the embryo transfer, it is important for the uterus to be in good condition for a successful implantation. Ideally, patients should have 1-2 IVF acupuncture sessions in one of our Melbourne clinics on the day of the embryo transfer, to ensure greater success in the procedure. Acupuncture treatment on this day can help relax the uterus and increase its blood flow, creating better conditions to help increase the chance of a successful implantation.
5. TCM treatment after embryo transfer
After the implantation of the embryo, two things may happen: the embryo may either successfully develop in the uterus and a successful pregnancy may be achieved; or the embryo may fail to develop and successful pregnancy won’t occur. To ensure that the latter isn’t what happens, TCM treatment after the transfer of the embryo can help maintain implantation and nourish growth. It can also relax the uterus to prevent contractions, which can cause bleeding and miscarriages. Additionally, IVF acupuncture reduces the risk of other factors which can cause miscarriages, such as rejection by the immune system, as well as reducing anxiety in order to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
6. TCM treatment during pregnancy
If pregnancy is achieved after fertilisation treatment, it is recommended that patients continue with TCM treatment in order to help ensure a safe, successful and happy pregnancy. Pregnancy acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help alleviate many of the symptoms experienced during your term, most notably anxiety and morning sickness. By relaxing the body and regulating its balance of hormones, TCM can greatly improve one’s experience during pregnancy. In addition, other disorders which may develop during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension, can be effectively treated using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We offer specialised pregnancy acupuncture to Melbourne patients.
What benefits can be expected from support sessions at our clinic?
Dr. Xing as has many years of experience in treating women’s health issues in Melbourne and around the world, recognising that negative emotions play a major role in causing hormonal imbalances. This is a major cause of infertility and many conditions associated with it, including anovulation, menstrual irregularities, PMS and endometriosis. In addition to providing effective treatment for these disorders, Dr. Xing’s services are able to improve the general constitution of the body and help patients achieve a happier, more relaxed state of mind, which is important in successfully achieving pregnancy.
The goal of our Melbourne clinic staff is to offer Chadstone, Caulfield and surrounding patients effective treatment through natural, holistic methods, providing them with greater hope of achieving what they ultimately seek.
Helped at the centre:
In recent years, Chinese medicine has become renowned for its ability to create significantly increased success rates for those undergoing fertility treatments and other remedies for conditions such as Eczema. By improving promoting natural healing, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has proven to be an excellent complementary treatment for IVF, with many studies confirming this. Dr. Xing has helped a large number of Melbourne patients not only successfully conceive, but also feel much healthier and happier. Most patients who have sought our treatment for IVF support have successfully fallen pregnant, many of which had previously undergone multiple fertilisation procedures without success.
A 42 year old lady had been trying to get pregnant for over 4 years, but to no avail. She had a history of endometriosis, low AMH and had tried IVF 3 times without success. After visiting Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre in Melbourne, Dr. Xing prescribed herbs and treated her with IVF acupuncture. After just a few weeks of this treatment she already felt much healthier than ever before. She then continued with the treatment for three months, before trying IVF once more – this time with success.
If you would like further information regarding our IVF acupuncture in Melbourne, or would like to book an appointment now, you may contact Dr. Xing’s clinic at 71 Hillcrest Road Frankston on (03) 9785 6688, or 1262 Dandenong Road Murrumbeena on (03) 9041 8879.