There is nothing more devastating than a negative result after an IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) transfer.
Without even talking about time and money costs which add up to emotional suffering.
In the following, we will explain the best scientifically proven way to boost your IVF chances.
Spoiler: It is a Specific Acupuncture Protocol. Not any random Acupuncture!
Acupuncture is scientifically proven to improve by 65% your IVF chances
A very specific acupuncture protocol was studied on 1366 patients’ egg transfer day, in this excellent meta-analysis published in the prestigious British Medicine Journal.
The protocol consists of two particular treatments on egg transfer day, one just before and the second just after the transfer. The two acupuncture treatments are different and complementary.
The results are astonishing !
Acupuncture increases the chances of clinical pregnancy by 65% compared to the control groups.
All the 7 clinical studies in this paper used what regarded as the acupuncture magic protocol for IVF transfers.
But what happens when a different acupuncture protocol is used?
Beware: Not all Acupuncture Protocols get the same Benefits
As expected, the fertility boost is less when we stray away from the gold standard acupuncture protocol, as shown in another meta-analysis.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise.
If your doctor prescribed an aspirin, but instead you put suncream on, your headache might not go away that way.
Various factors are critical to the acupuncture’s success according to this meta-analysis (24 clinical studies with 5807 participants in total).
1) Selection of acupuncture points in the protocol was critical
Having any Acupuncture doesn’t guarantee success, as the research shows.
Actually some acupuncture protocols didn’t improve the pregnancy rate at all.
That’s why you should get treatments only from Acupuncturists specialised in Fertility and IVF.
2) Timing of the acupuncture treatments makes a big difference
The further away the acupuncture treatments’ timing was from the transfer time, the lesser the benefit.
The ideal timing for the pre and post acupuncture treatments is within +/- 2 hours of the transfer time.
When the treatments were performed a couple of days before and after, the boost fell down to 12% (instead of 65%).
Your embryos can not wait for the end of a bank holiday, or a busy day at the practice.
That’s why your Acupuncturist’s team should be available any Day and Time of the year, as your IVF clinic is as well.
When your embryos are ready, we will be there for you! See our total availability and commitment to egg transfers.
3) Some acupuncture modalities give sub-optimal results
Some practitioners activate the acupuncture points using different modalities like lasers, electric currents or simply finger pressure on the skin.
Although all modalities boost the pregnancy rates, some get sub-optimal results.
Make sure for your transfer that your acupuncturist is following closely the gold standard protocol (if she knows it).
We work closely with IVF clinics and we are bound to use the best scientifically proven treatments.
Get Acupuncture with a Specialist to get the highest benefits
New research in Acupuncture and Fertility are coming up everyday.
Like any doctor, an Acupuncturist specialises in a specific field, whether by choice or due to time constraints.
If an Acupuncturist practice is less than 70% fertility cases, then it is difficult to have an in-depth knowledge and experience in the field. Her/his specialisation will be something else but not fertility.
At Clinica Tuset, more than 80% of our patients come for fertility and gynaecology problems.
We are passionated and obsessed with helping our patients to have a baby.