During down regulation acupuncture helps relieve side effects like migraine, hot flushes, bloating and mood swings.
During up regulation/ovarian stimulation treatment helps egg maturation and the thickening of the lining of the uterus. Acupuncture can also prevent ovarian hyper-stimulation, which can have serious consequences.
Prior to egg collection acupuncture helps the woman relax and opens and softens the cervix in preparation for egg collection.
On the day of embryo transfer, acupuncture treatment before and after transfer has been shown to increase clinical pregnancy rates to 42.5%, versus 26.3% without acupuncture. See “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy” (PDF) by Wolfgang E. Paulus MD, Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Ulm, Germany 2001.
Post transfer and prior to taking a pregnancy test, acupuncture treatments help the embryo to stay attached to the uterine wall and ensure a good blood supply to the lining.
Acupuncture can be a good support during IUI, helping thicken the lining of the uterus and enhancing relaxation both prior and post procedure.
Once the ART treatments are completed, couples can often feel “abandoned” and on their own awaiting a pregnancy test. Acupuncture can help relax the body and mind during this difficult period.