Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture enhance fertility?
Acupuncture helps by addressing problems that affect fertility. Every patient gets assessed to determine what acupuncture protocol would best support their fertility needs. Acupuncture helps to stimulate blood flow and oxygen to the reproductive organs, thereby helping enhance their function. Acupuncture also has a tremendous relaxation benefit which is so important for women undergoing fertility treatment.
Acupuncture and assisted reproductive technologies (IVF & IUI)
Acupuncture can be very helpful for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI). It has been shown that incorporating acupuncture during an IVF cycle, and especially pre/post embryo transfer, can improve chances of success by up to 40%.
When should I start acupuncture before my IVF cycle?
Ideally, it is recommended that you start acupuncture treatment at least one to two months before the commencement of the IVF cycle and that you continue for one to two times a week until the day of the transfer.
My IVF cycle has already started. Is it too late to start acupuncture?
It is never too late to start acupuncture. While you are likely to obtain more cumulative benefits from the treatment by starting earlier, it would be still beneficial to receive even if you are in the middle of your IVF cycle.
Should I have acupuncture right before and after the embryo transfer?
On the actual day of the transfer, we usually suggest to our patients to have an acupuncture treatment for 25-30 minutes before the transfer and then have a subsequent treatment right after the transfer is complete.
Dr. Bergmann will come to the clinic to provide these treatments for you. These acupuncture treatments are also very relaxing for women during this very stressful time.
Dr. Bergmann can provide more information outlining the research and benefits of pre/post transfer acupuncture.