The Role of Acupuncture in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology)
The procedures in ART do not focus on the quality of eggs, sperm, and/or gynaecological health and this is most likely why 50% of IVF conceptions result in miscarriage.
In acupuncture and TCM, gynaecological and fertility health is the foremost focus of treatment and thus can play a vital role in supporting ART. In IVF and in some cases of IUI, fertility drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce as many mature eggs as possible.
If you are going through some kind of ART, it is highly advisable to also have acupuncture and Chinese herbs to initially, prepare your body for the procedure itself and then to assist in the actual measurable procedures such as follicle stimulation, response to drug treatment, improve egg quality, thicken the endometrium and assist in the embryo attachment to the uterus, all to benefit the procedure’s effectiveness and furthermore to encourage and support healthy embryo growth and development through to a smooth full-term pregnancy.