Fertility Acupuncture (IVF & IUI)

acupunctureAcupuncture has been shown in numerous clinical studies to increase the rates of pregnancy and live birth rates when performed alongside assisted reproductive therapies (ART) like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intra-uterine insemination (IUI). Acupuncture can also be of great benefit in increasing the rates of natural pregnancy, unassisted by ARTs. Acupuncture is individualized to suit each person’s specific needs and addresses any contributing imbalances in the body.

Read on for more information on:

The Benefits of Fertility Acupuncture

Acupuncture Schedule for ART (IVF & IUI)

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Conveniently Located Near Markham Fertility Centre

Complimenting Acupuncture with Other Naturopathic Therapies

Acupuncture For Men

Benefits of Fertility Acupuncture

  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Balance hormones
  • Enhance quality and quantity of eggs/follicles
  • Improve quality of the endometrium (lining of the uterus)
  • Increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
  • Clear blockages/spasms in fallopian tubes
  • Relieve side effects of fertility medications
  • Reduce risk of miscarriage/ maintain healthy pregnancy

As acupuncture is a whole-body treatment, you may also experience the following:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Better digestion
  • Relieve muscular tension and joint pain
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Relieve headaches
  • And additional points may be added to address any additional health concerns

Acupuncture Schedule For ART (IVF & IUI)

Before IVF/IUI cycle 1-2 treatments per week, for 1-3 months
Day of Egg Retrieval (IVF) 1 treatment, within 24 hours before procedure
Day of Embryo Transfer (IVF)
or Insemination (IUI)
1 treatment directly before procedure (same day)
AND 1 treatment directly after procedure (same day)
After IVF/IUI 1 treatment per week, until 12-16 weeks of pregnancy

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

During the 1st Trimester To prevent miscarriage and ensure healthy development of the fetus. Also to relieve symptoms of pregnancy including: nausea, fatigue, heartburn, insomnia, stress, and low energy.

Frequency: every 1-2 weeks until week 12-16

Towards End of 3rd Trimester To prepare uterus and baby for a smooth delivery.

Frequency: once per week, starting at week 36 or 37

For Turning a Breech Baby Acupuncture with a combination of external herbal treatments called moxibustion are extremely effective at turning a breech baby.

Frequency: daily or every other day until baby turns

For Inducing Labour The acupuncture protocol to induce labour is highly effective and safe, by encouraging your body to naturally start the labour process.

Frequency: daily day until labour starts

Conveniently Located Near Markham Fertility Centre

Acupuncture for ART has been shown to be most effective when performed as close as possible to the IVF/IUI procedure. Markham Village Naturopathic Clinic is conveniently located a short 5-min drive from the Markham Fertility Centre. We are able to accommodate any appointments required outside of regular business hours, including weekend and early morning procedures.

Complimenting Acupuncture with Other Naturopathic Therapies

Patients can choose to combine acupuncture with other Naturopathic therapies which can further increase the success rates of ART and natural pregnancy, as well as treat secondary causes of infertility such as thyroid dysfunction, PCOS, and nutritional deficiencies. The recommended therapies are determined based on your individual case and may include: herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, dietary recommendations, stress management, etc.

Acupuncture For Men

Acupuncture can improve sperm quality and quantity. Additional naturopathic treatments can enhance all sperm factors including count, motility, morphology and DNA fragmentation.

Recommended frequency is 1-2 treatments per week, for at least 3 months.

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Markham Village Naturopathic Clinic
258 Main St N.
Markham ON L3P 1Y7
(905) 201-6497
info@markhamnaturopaths.ca

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