Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer
When an embryo or embryos are transferred to a woman's uterus during IVF, it is generally considered the easiest stage of the IVF cycle.
However, since it takes nearly two weeks to determine if conception is successful, these two weeks may be the hardest on the mother-to-be.
Acupuncture has been proven to aid in embryo transfer. A study in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility shows that acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome.
Average success rates are as follows:
- Acupuncture and Herbs Only: 66%
- IVF: Women under age 35: 65%
- IVF: Women ages 35-37: 55%
Before the embryo transfer, acupuncture works by helping to prepare your uterus to accept the embryo. We recommend acupuncture treatments once a week in the months leading up to your IVF or IUI cycle. During your cycle, we recommend twice weekly sessions.
On the day of the transfer, acupuncture helps minimize uterine contractions to aid implantation. On the day of IVF transfer, we recommend a session before and after the transfer. If you're unable to come in twice on the day of transfer, we recommend a session the night before and one as close to the completion of transfer as possible. We recommend a session before or after IUI, as well.
During the two weeks after your transfer, acupuncture treatments continue to aid implantation. It helps keep your mind relaxed and stave off anxiety and nerves. It can also alleviate any uterine cramping or discomfort you may feel as your body adjusts to implantation of the embryo.