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How Acupuncture Can Improve Fertility and Support IVF

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IVF offers couples struggling with infertility the real possibility of having a successful pregnancy. However, multiple cycles of the treatment may be needed, and they come at a high financial and emotional cost. Acupuncture can serve as a complementary treatment that uses the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to boost a couple’s chances of success by supporting all the different stages of the IVF process. The scientific research on acupuncture’s role in IVF is ongoing, but there is encouraging evidence that this integrated approach to infertility offers couples the very best of both modern and traditional medicine.

Acupuncture Helps Couples Before IVF

Preparing to undergo IVF, both physically and mentally, is an essential aspect of having a successful implantation. Acupuncture can support this important preparation in the months and weeks leading up to the procedure with targeted treatment to regulate a woman’s hormonal imbalances and improve blood flow to the uterus. Acupuncture treatment can also help the aspiring father by improving the health of his sperm and increase its count. Crucially, both parents will benefit from acupuncture’s effectiveness at reducing stress and promoting overall health as they begin the IVF process.

Acupuncture’s Role During IVF

Acupuncture is used on the day of the embryo transfer, both before and after the procedure, to promote successful implantation. The improved blood flow to the uterus can thicken the uterine lining, while acupuncture’s capacity for releasing endorphins in the brain will help the mother relax. Acupuncture is also useful in helping the mother adjust well to the strong fertility hormones that will be used during the IVF treatment. Together, these benefits provide crucial support to help a woman’s body integrate and sustain the new life. After successful implantation, acupuncture can continue proving beneficial support and stress relief for a portion of the pregnancy, as well as reducing the chance of complications, such as a miscarriage.

When to Begin Acupuncture for IVF

In order to begin improving your fertility and preparing the best possible environment for IVF, it’s better to begin the acupuncture treatment sooner rather than later. Make an appointment with Dr. Yan to learn more about how acupuncture and the principles of Chinese medicine can play a supportive role in your journey to a healthy pregnancy. You can also reach out with any questions or read more about us.

Dr. Hong Yan is the best acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist in Calgary, Alberta. With over 25 years of experience, she has gained vast knowledge in treating a variety of diseases and conditions, including—but not limited to—pain, infertility, menopause, stress-related disorders such as depression, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Yan help you!