Each week, many couples come to our acupuncture for IVF Brisbane clinic seeking advice on how we might help them.
Here’s a snippet of what we cover.
The growth in the West of acupuncture as a viable and effective option to help maximise fertility and IVF outcomes has been sparked by clinical research.
This has led many IVF clinics in the United States and elsewhere to either refer actively to acupuncturists, or employ them on-site as valuable members of their healthcare teams.
Systemic reviews into acupuncture for IVF
Systemic reviews before 2016 found that evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness in supporting IVF and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) was ‘unclear’. However, a more recent systemic review by Qian et al 2017 has found that …
‘… based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the CPR [clinical pregnancy rate] among women undergoing IVF.’
In this review, the best effects were seen when acupuncture was used during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation.
The Qian et al review covered 30 clinical research trials that involved, in total, 6344 women.
(Reference: Qian, et al, Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, March 2017, Volume 295, Issue 3, pp 543-558.)
Another systemic review, this time by Shen et al in 2015, showed acupuncture to be effective when used on the day of embryo transfer.
And a more recent systemic review from 2017 (Jo et al) involving women who underwent IVF and ICSI came to the conclusion that …
‘… acupuncture may increase the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rate and decrease the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in women with PCOS undergoing IVF or intracyoplasmic sperm injection.’
As is usual, the authors recommended further studies to maximise confidence in the conclusions. They also caution in interpreting the results.
Please know that research is continuing into how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of ART treatments.
We use these systemic reviews at Soothe’s acupuncture for IVF Brisbane studio
Our acupuncture for IVF Brisbane programs borrow from the effective techniques identified by these systemic reviews to maximise outcomes for couples who come in to see us.
Our focus is on preparing our clients for IVF or ICSI, and supporting them during ART rounds.
We sometimes recommend that couples come in to see us three months before you first undergo ART, preferably twice a week, to prepare their bodies and minds for the medical treatment that lies ahead.
Contact our acupuncture for IVF Brisbane studio to see how we might be able to support you.