Introduction: Taking Advantage of IVF Acupuncture in Portland
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a process of fertilizing eggs with sperm outside the body to improve chances of conception. It involves stimulating a woman’s ovaries to produce from 2-15 eggs at a time. Hence allowing the sperm to fertilize the eggs in a lab, either spontaneously or with assistance. This process can help identify the embryos most likely to become healthy babies. IVF has been practiced successfully since the late-1970’s. And has become an important treatment option for women or couples who have difficulty conceiving.
For centuries in China, acupuncture has been used to enhance fertility in both men and women. In the past 30 years, acupuncture has been used to successfully support women and couples who are planning to do IVF cycles. Thousands of couples worldwide have chosen to use a combination of IVF and acupuncture to help improve their chances of having a healthy baby.
Studies on how acupuncture can help increase the success of IVF are still being conducted. Researchers noted a slight increase in pregnancy rate among women who used acupuncture while undergoing IVF, in a systematic review published in 2018. Further studies are needed to establish the effects of acupuncture with IVF patients. (source)
Researchers have also seen an association with improved live birth rates in women receiving 9-12 acupuncture sessions in conjunction with IVF cycles. (source). Acupuncture is thought to work for infertility in part by improving blood circulation to the reproductive organs, enhancing the thickness of the uterine lining and regulating hormones (source). Clinically, acupuncture has been seen to help improve the body’s response to medication and reduce their side effects, making an IVF cycle more tolerable. It also helps relax the uterus to improve uterine receptivity to embryo implantation (source).
One of acupuncture’s most noted effect is its ability to decreases stress associated with IVF by decreasing stress hormones in the body (source). Women who have acupuncture treatments along with IVF consistently report decreased stress levels, less anxiety, and more emotional resilience during their IVF cycles (source). IVF Acupuncture can help you keep going with your fertility treatments, in the face of stress, so you can be successful in building your family.
Acupuncture for IVF in Portland
How does Portland Acupuncture Studio provide Acupuncture for IVF in Portland? We suggest that women come in for treatment as soon as they are planning to do an IVF cycle. Portland Acupuncture Studio use a combination of acupuncture, dietary therapies, massage, herbs and/or supplements to support your fertility from the root. We help support your body’s hormone balance, regulate your menstrual cycles, reduce any pelvic pain and decrease stress. This approach creates a more optimal environment for your body to respond to the IVF medications, so you have the best chance of having high egg quality and embryo quality.
Acupuncture treatments also can improve the blood flow to your uterus and ovaries, helping them function better, and support the development of a healthy uterine lining to encourage implantation. Most people also find acupuncture very relaxing, and report notable stress relief from each acupuncture treatment.
What makes our services at Portland Acupuncture Studio different from other acupuncture clinics? We have 38 years combined experience treating infertility with acupuncture. We’ve worked with many IVF clinics along the West Coast, and are experts in IVF acupuncture in Portland. We have helped thousands of women from all family types go on to have health babies. We love this work, and we would be happy to support you. Please let us know how we can help you with IVF acupuncture in Portland.