Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment has been proven to to show results in supporting many 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 may assist patients by improving general wellbeing, regulating the autonomic nervous system, and therefore maintaining an appropriate balance in hormones required for a successful pregnancy. It may also relax the uterus, increase uterine blood flow and thicken the uterine lining, so that it becomes more receptive to receiving an embryo.
At Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre in Melbourne, we offer pregnancy and IVF acupuncture to Melbourne patients looking to conceive.
Benefits of TCM in IVF support
There are many ways IVF acupuncture and Chinese medicine may support couples who are trying to conceive:
• Diet and lifestyle advice, combined with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, may improve ovarian function to improve egg quality.
• Balancing hormone levels (e.g. FSH, LH, oestrogen), and lessening the side effects of drugs used before and during the medication phase of IVF.
• Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer may 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 may be able to help treat the disorders associated with infertility. 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.
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 may 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 maintain 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.
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. Undering TCM treatment after egg collection in our Melbourne clinic may be able to 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. It is suggested that patients also have an IVF acupuncture session in one of our Melbourne clinics on the day of the embryo transfer. Acupuncture treatment on this day may 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 zygote, two things may happen: the zygote may either successfully develop in the uterus and a successful pregnancy may be achieved; or the zygote may fail to develop. To try to ensure that the latter does not occur, TCM treatment after the transfer of the zygote aims to help maintain implantation and nourish growth of the zygote. It can also relax the uterus to prevent contractions, which can cause bleeding and miscarriages. Additionally, IVF acupuncture aims to reduce 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 may help alleviate many of the symptoms experienced during your term, most notably anxiety and morning sickness. In addition, other disorders which may develop during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension may be assisted using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
How TCM may help
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.
How we can help
Dr. Xing as has many years of experience in assisting patients with IVF support both in Melbourne and around the world. In addition to helping with conception, Dr. Xing’s services also aim to 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.
Book your appointment today
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.