Acupuncture reduces stress of Embryo transfer
Part of the beauty of using acupuncture during your IVF journey is in its ability to calm a stressed mind ( or the ‘Shen’ in TCM terms ).
The day of embryo transfer can be a stressful one. Treating the nervous system using acupuncture is a handy way to not only calm you down, but to help relax the uterus giving the embryo the best chance of making a soft and secure landing! Acupuncture points will be chosen to not only settle any pre or post embryo transfer nerves, but to help increase blood flow to the uterus.
At Ginseng acupuncture we prefer to see you pre and post embryo transfer in accordance with best practice for acupuncture and IVF support protocols. This is perfect time for you to relax for an hour or so.
The study below is an abstract indicating the benefit of acupuncture on perceived stress in women undergoing embryo transfer.
Acupuncture and Embryo Transfer
“Women receiving acupuncture on the day of ET perceive less stress, which may play a role in improving their chances of becoming pregnant. In an observational, prospective, cohort study, American investigators studied 57 infertile patients undergoing IVF or ICSI. Patients underwent ET with or without acupuncture as part of their standard clinical care. 64.7% of women who received acupuncture achieved pregnancy, compared with 42.5% of those who did not have acupuncture. Upon further analysis, in which patients were stratified by donor recipient status, only non-donor recipients showed a potential improvement in pregnancy rates (35.5% without acupuncture vs. 55.6% with acupuncture). Those women who received acupuncture reported lower perceived stress scores both pre-Embryo transfer and post-Embryo transfer compared with those who did not. Women with decreased perceived stress scores compared to baseline were found to have higher pregnancy rates than those who did not demonstrate this decrease, regardless of acupuncture status. (The relationship between perceived stress, acupuncture, and pregnancy rates among IVF patients: a pilot study. Complement. Ther. Clin. Pract. 2010 Aug;16(3):154-7).”