Going through a fertility journey? Started looking into IVF? Have you considered IVF acupuncture?
What is IVF acupuncture?
Ivf acupuncture is the use of acupuncture strategies to support the IVF process. There is much research suggesting acupuncture may have an impact on influencing our hormones via the nervous system. The body has two systems that control every function in our body. The endocrine system which is the hormones and the nervous system consisting of the brain, spine, peripheral nerves and the interstitium, which contains immune regulators and neurotransmitters. These two control mechanisms interact with each other to create homeostasis or balance in our entire body.
How does acupuncture come into it?
Acupuncture is able to access the nervous system by creating a physical stimulus and producing a neural input to the nervous system. Current thinking is that the endocrine system, which controls hormones is able to be impacted by acupuncture via it’s nervous system influence.
If you are interested in incorporating acupuncture into your IVF treatment plan, it’s essential to find a registered acupuncturist with experience in fertility treatments. They can work with you and your medical team to develop a personalized treatment plan that complements your IVF protocol.
When should I start IVF acupuncture?
If acupuncture is able to influence the hormonal system via the nervous system then considering acupuncture treatment sooner would be ideal. Improving blood flow, reducing stress and regulating the system are all aspects that will be beneficial during your fertility journey. Whether that be pre IVF, through the IVF experience and once pregnant to help manage pain and discomfort.
Specific protocols associated with transfer are also recommended to improve the chance of not just a successful transfer but a successful pregnancy leading to a healthy baby.
Many health practitioners may recommend IVF acupuncture as an adjunct treatment to assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
Jeff Shearer has been in practice since 1995 and
loves helping couples on their fertility journey.