During IVF or Fertility Treatment
There are varying fertility protocols with different timeframes. We recommend weekly acupuncture for the women from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer.
Where there is no male factor infertility, we recommend a single fertility acupuncture treatment for the male prior to egg collection to relieve anxiety. Where there is male factor infertility
, a fertility acupuncture programme is recommended for the male to optimise sperm quality, motility and count.
We recommend a fertility acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rates. Ideally, this is recommended on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment.
Research trials shows that fertility acupuncture before and after embryo transfer may improve pregnancy rates by up to 65%.
The Weeks After Embryo Transfer
We recommend two fertility acupuncture treatments during the two week wait period before you take a pregnancy test. The first treatment is to support implantation, the second treatment is to support you emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
If you have a positive pregnancy test...
We recommend weekly acupuncture treatment during the first trimester, up to week 12/13 as there is a higher risk of miscarriage in IVF induced pregnancies.
The treatments are gentle and supportive and help promote a healthy pregnancy. We offer a acupuncture during pregnancy programme to support all stages of pregnancy. Read more about Pregnancy Acupuncture
and Pregnancy Reflexology
Conditions Treated with Acupuncture:
How Acupuncture can Enhance Fertility?
- Improves sperm parameters
- Improves pregnancy rates of natural conception and IVF treatment
- Regulates menstrual cycles
- Regulate hormones by reducing stress
- Reduces miscarriages
- Lessens uterine contractions after embryo transfer
- Improves blood flow to ovaries and uterus
- Improves ovarian function; encourages production of follicles; enhances their quality
- Improves thickness of uterine wall lining
- Aids relaxation
- Lessens side effects of fertility medication
- Enhances immune system
The London Acupuncture Space has undergone specialist acupuncture training in Fertility Acupuncture and Obstetrics Acupuncture with Zita West and at the Royal College of Physicians in London.