IVF Acupuncture in Melbourne
Chinese Medicine and IVF
Roughly 15% of couples experience fertility issues when trying to fall pregnant. Some couples, such as same sex couples and others, can only fall pregnant with the assistance of IVF or other reproductive technologies (1). Patients will often contact the clinic seeking acupuncture for their IVF pre and post transfer appointments. Other patients may seek Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for IVF preparation a couple of months prior to undertaking the process, In any case at our Melbourne clinic we will work with and provide acupuncture for IVF support. Our clinic is LGBTI friendly and we welcome all combinations of couples - opposite sex (cis and transgender), same sex and non-binary in their quest to become pregnant.
The IVF Process
Often couples are referred to fertility and IVF clinics when unable to conceive naturally. After extensive consultations and testing, the specialists will then suggest a course of action such as IUI or IVF. If you have chosen IVF, medications and hormones may be prescribed, and ultrasounds and egg retrieval may be scheduled. From here they will attempt to fertilise the retrieved eggs. IVF Transfers will be scheduled and the excess eggs or embryos are frozen.(2) It sounds like an intimidating and clinical process, but a good IVF clinic should clearly explain all the steps.
Acupuncture For IVF: Research
Research into the effectiveness of acupuncture for IVF has been a growing field of research with a number of studies, metaanlysis and reviews being released over the years. A 2015 review found acupuncture to be effective when used on the day of IVF transfer.
A 2016 systematic review by Qian et al found that “Based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the clinical pregnancy rate among women undergoing IVF'. This is promising, as earlier systematic reviews found that evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture used to support IVF or other assisted reproductive technology was “unclear” (3).
Using Acupuncture for IVF Anxiety
For some, the process of trying to fall pregnant with IVF can be its own source of anxiety and stress. Research of acupuncture's effect on mental health has been undertaken and it was found that acupuncture may be an effective adjunctive method to help treat depression and anxiety (3).
IVF Acupuncture Session
At our acupuncture clinic we understand that IVF can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. In our clinic we do our very best to put you at ease and provide some support through this process.
When seeing someone for IVF acupuncture - whether pre or post transfer or alongside conventional treatment, we begin by asking some questions about you. Where are things at for you? How are you feeling? We will also ask some questions about you and your partner - How long have you been trying to fall pregnant and what steps you have taken leading up to the acupuncture consultation.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine look at fertility and attempting to fall pregnant through a different lens. We see your mind and body as a whole . We will then review other aspects of your health like your activities, sleep quality, aches and pains, your cycle (if relevant) and energy levels. After palpating your pulse and/or abdomen, we then decide upon a course of IVF acupuncture that we will discuss with you. At Coburg Chinese medicine we support an integrative and inclusive approach to treatment.
Q. Does Your Clinic See Clients for Pre IVF Transfer and Post IVF Transfer Acupuncture?
Yes we do pre IVF transfer and Post IVF transfer acupuncture. Some of the research tends to suggest that the use of acupuncture on the day of transfer may improve outcomes. Because we look at you in this process through the holistic lens of Chinese medicine, we generally encourage Acupuncture prior and throughout the IVF process. This is because Chinese medicine has a broad definition of what is considered health.
Q. Does your Acupuncture Clinic See LGBTI Clients undergoing IVF?
Yes of course. At Coburg Chinese Medicine we are a LGBTI and gender diverse supportive practice and we will often see all combinations of aspirant families who undergo the IVF process. We welcome all clients to our safe and inclusive LGBTI space.
Our Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic
Based in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs, the Coburg Clinic services people from Coburg and surrounding Northern suburbs such as Brunswick, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Fawkner, Thornbury, Northcote. If you wish to discuss how acupuncture can assist you call us on 03 9041 656
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1. Betterhealth.vic.gov.au. (2017). Infertility in women. [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/infertility-in-women [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
2. Your Fertility. (2018). Age and reproductive outcomes. [online] Available at: https://yourfertility.org.au/resource/age-and-reproductive-outcomes/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2018].
3. McDonald, John & Janz, Stephen. (2016). The Acupuncture Evidence Project : A Comparative Literature Review (Revised). Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, Coorparoo