How Does Chinese Medicine Improve IVF Success Rates
Chinese Medicine To Improve IVF Success Rate
In-vitro fertilisation, more commonly known as IVF, is a procedure which helps many couples with fertility issues to conceive every year.
According to statistics from the NHS, as many as 1 in 7 couples will have difficulty conceiving for various reasons. Conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and fallopian blockage are all common causes of infertility in women, and poor semen quality is a major cause in men. Age, weight, stress, and other lifestyle factors can also contribute to both male and female fertility issues.
Chinese medicine is an ancient healing system which has been used to treat a wide range of health conditions for thousands of years. More recently, Chinese medicine has become popular with couples undergoing IVF, and research has shown that it can increase IVF success rates to 61% compared with just 48% for usual care alone.
So how does Chinese medicine help improve IVF success rates? And when should you use it to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy? Read on to find out more.
When to Use Chinese Medicine with IVF
To get the very best results from Chinese medicine for IVF, it is recommended that you start your treatment early. This is because it takes 3–4 months for new follicles to form in women and up to 3 months for new sperm to develop in men.
Therefore, for the best results, you should start using Chinese medicine and acupuncture several months before your IVF cycle begins. This will ensure that your eggs or sperm are in the best possible shape, maximising your chances of a successful IVF cycle and healthy pregnancy.
How does Chinese Medicine Help Improve IVF Success Rates?
Chinese medicine views your body as a whole. Symptoms are not seen as isolated problems, but rather signs of a deeper, underlying imbalance. Infertility is no different, and in Chinese medicine, fertility issues are usually seen as being due to imbalances in the Liver, Spleen, and Kidney systems.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture may help improve IVF success rates in a number of different ways, including:
- Acupuncture relaxes your body and decreases your stress levels
- It improves the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
- It also regulates the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
- It balances hormones and improves response to ovarian stimulation
- Chinese Medicine supports embryo implantation, increases the blood flow to the uterus, and increases the thickness of the uterine lining
- It strengthens your immune system and decreases the chances of a miscarriage
Additionally, acupuncture is great for relieving stress and anxiety, problems which can both contribute to fertility issues by upsetting your body’s delicate hormonal balance.
Acupuncture and IVF
Acupuncture can help increase the uterine lining and can enhance possibilities of implantation during an IVF procedure. It helps increase the blood flow to the uterus.
The timing of these treatments is very important. They should start at the beginning of the fertility cycle and continue until embryo transfer date or until endometrial thickness is 10-12mm. Acupuncture is also recommended before and after embryo transfer. Research has shown that IVF success rate are higher for women who have acupuncture while undergoing IVF. A recent study found out that women receiving acupuncture were able to conceive within an average of 5.5 weeks compared to 10.67 weeks for the controlled group who did not receive the treatment (2)
Acupuncture can also reduce some of the side effects of the hormone medications that women have to take for an IVF procedure. Some women have autoimmune issues or high natural killer cells that affect implantation during an IVF cycle. Acupuncture can help these patients too.
After the embryo transfer, acupuncture should continue once per week for the first trimester to help prevent miscarriage. The Reproductive and Biomedicine Journal recently published that TCM and acupuncture helped to increase the number of live birth by IVF patients, an increase of up to 95% confidence.
Overall, the study found that IVF with TCM was associated with greater odds of live birth in donor and non-donor cycles. (3)
Natural Supplements to Improve IVF Success Rates
In addition to acupuncture, you can use Chinese herbal supplements can increase your chances of conceiving. Some of our favourite supplements to help improve IVF success rates include:
If you want to try Chinese Medicine or simply curious. We offer FREE consultation at our clinics in London. Visit our website: www.ginsen-london.com to find out more or book your appointment.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.