Acupuncture In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Couples are always expecting for a naturally conceived pregnancy. However, for some reason or another, this is not always the case. Sometimes, it is necessary that the woman or the man or both undergo medical treatments in order for the wife to get pregnant and have a healthy baby. In such a case, many fertility clinics are promoting an integration of alternative medicine into the Western medical treatment to make sure that pregnancy will surely happen.
Acupuncture and IVF
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a series of medical procedures where a man’s sperm cell is joined with a woman’s egg cell in a lab dish. This is a highly effective technique of ART or Assisted Reproductive Technology. While pursuing IVF, the patient should adhere to a fertility diet and maintain wellness practices. Considering acupuncture treatment sessions will of course help. Some women who undergo IVF treatments are not very receptive to the idea of combining the process with acupuncture. However, many infertility experts believe that those few extra needle pricks are not in a woman’s to-do-list, they are worth a try.
Acupuncture Is Medically Recognized
Not all alternative treatments are acceptable in the world of Western medicine, but acupuncture is different. It is gradually gaining support from doctors and other medical professionals, because acupuncture has shown its many benefits in dealing with some health conditions such as stress, chronic pains, infertility and much more. Several studies that have been conducted had suggested that there is a 65 per cent success rate in pregnancies that combined acupuncture with IVF. The same studies also confirmed that incorporation of acupuncture into IVF nearly doubled the rate of live birth rates compared to IVFs without acupuncture treatments.
Reasons Why Acupuncture Combined With IVF Is Effective?
Ultrasound test results did show that acupuncture could enhance the flow of uterine blood, which is necessary for creating an environment that is ideal for implantation. In addition to this benefit, acupuncture can also make a patient very calm and free from stress and that condition is contributory to the overall wellness of the woman undergoing IVF treatment. It should be understood that stress hormones can prevent a woman from getting pregnant.
To receive the full benefits of acupuncture and IVF, a patient should schedule her alternative treatment appointment on a similar day as that of the transfer of the embryo. Licensed acupuncturists are commonly employed in some fertility clinics for this purpose. However, in case where the clinic does not have an acupuncture provider, the doctor may allow the patient to bring in her own, if in case she knows anyone or have the acupuncture session scheduled immediately after the embryo transfer.
It is important to note that acupuncture does not guarantee that the IVF cycle will be effective; but it is a technique of naturally enhancing your success rate ratio of getting pregnant. There is very limited risk involved in acupuncture and the benefits are numerous. A patient can just enjoy these benefits including the relaxation that this alternative medicine provides even if the IVF cycle does not turn successful.
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