Undergoing IVF or ICSI? Looking for acupuncture to support your treatment and to help you relax? We work regularly with patients receiving treatment at local assisted reproduction centres. This includes CARE Nottingham and NURTURE. Located a few minutes drive from each, and within easy reach of Derby and the M1 we offer a service away from the hustle and bustle of your fertility clinic.
Treatment is most commonly started 2 – 3 months before you start your medications. It can however be given at any time up to embryo transfer. We can also provide ‘transfer day’ acupuncture for you if you are travelling in from other areas. Please give us a call to discuss your specific needs and we can suggest a package to meet your requirements.
Many of my IVF patients find their two-week wait after embryo transfer a struggle. You have been through so much in a short space of time. Protocols, injections, scans, hope and despair, more advice than you know what to do with. You emerge blinking from the IVF tunnel and are expected to be patient for two weeks until your pregnancy test. You are understandably anxious to do the right thing, but what does this mean? Here is what I tell my patients at this point.
Those of you who are prone to worrying might well benefit from an acupuncture treatment half way through your two-week wait. We call this a ‘tucking in the embryos treatment. ‘ Highly recommended.
The British Acupuncture Council states that ‘research has established plausible mechanisms to explain how acupuncture may boost fertility. These include regulating fertility hormones, reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome’.
A number of studies have now looked at the benefit of combining acupuncture and IVF. Read more.
During your initial consultation we will ask you in detail about your general and reproductive health. We will ask about blood test results and take a look at your proposed IVF or ICSI protocol. From this we will recommend a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
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