Acupuncture Is An Excellent IVF Support Treatment
30 Jun 2016
As most of us already know, there are many Australian couples who suffer from fertility problems and have difficulty in conceiving a child. While some of them resort to various infertility treatment methods, nowadays, a majority of couples with conception problems are tapping the efficacy of in vitro fertilisation (or IVF). In the last few years, IVF has met with an unprecedented level of success in helping women with fertility issues to get pregnant.
However, there are certain complications associated with IVF that necessitate suitable support treatment. Although there are different pharmaceutical drugs to prop an IVF pregnancy, they do not come without side effects. That’s why people are starting to adopt another kind of IVF support treatment in Northern Beaches that is far less adverse and more effective - acupuncture.
Acupuncture is successfully and increasingly being used in conjunction with or as an individual modern fertility treatment in several parts of Australia. This centuries-old modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine prepares the uterus so that it can receive the egg conveniently. But there are certain rules that need to be followed while opting for acupuncture as an IVF support treatment.
First of all, the treatment should be initiated about 3 months in advance, involving an acupuncture session after every 1 or 2 weeks. A practitioner may prescribe some lifestyle changes throughout that time. The frequency of sessions can be increased just one month prior to egg collection. This is because acupuncture would regulate stress hormones in order to reduce their impact on embryo implantation and follicle development.
Most acupuncturists claim that within a day of egg collection, an acupuncture session is must. A treatment just before as well as after the embryo transfer is also important. For women under the age of 35 who are healthy, not stressed and haven’t had failed IVF cycles before, a session is highly recommended right on the day that the embryo transfer takes place.
The side effects of IVF generally become marked after egg collection. Hormone levels also remain high, which results in cramps, mood swings, headaches and breast soreness. Moreover, the empty follicles get filled up with a fluid that triggers a persistent feeling of bloating. But all these side effects subside rather quickly after administration of an acupuncture treatment.
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