Over 15 years ago a research study was published that showed a marked increase in pregnancy rates when acupuncture was added to IVF. Since then, the study has been replicated many times and shows the same encouraging results; in fact, a paper was presented in 2016 detailing research done at the Homerton Hospital NHS Trust showing a 50% increase in pregnancy rates in the IVF + acupuncture group vs. the acupuncture group alone.
We have worked with many women as they have gone through IVF cycles and know how supportive acupuncture can be, not just at the critical times of embryo transfer but throughout the whole cycle. Acupuncture helps hugely with the emotional ups and downs of IVF, and for many women, is a safe harbour in what can sometimes feel stormy seas.
When you’re having IVF you can expect total flexibility from us with your appointments because we understand how time-critical everything is. We also understand drug regimes, drug side effects, IVF clinic protocols and their rationale, procedures, tests, the often-confusing mine-field of IVF-add on’s (and can give impartial advice as needed), how it feels to wait to pregnancy testing. We have worked with women attending most IVF clinics in London and the South East as well as many clinics abroad (see our page on donor eggs) and women find this helpful because we can offer guidance and commentary on the way each clinic does things. In this way, we not only support you by being an impartial, knowledgeable other, but offer you the time and space to get to grips with the IVF roller coaster and make the whole experience less stressful. We also bring you everything that the world of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture has to offer and this is supported in the research of acupuncture’s role in IVF.
If you’re considering IVF and want to see how acupuncture can support you, We’d love to hear from you.