Center For Chinese and Wholistic Medicine

MotherInfantBenefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF:

  1. Increase blood flow to uterus and ovaries
  2. Increase the lining of the uterus
  3. Improves the amount and quality of follicles
  4. Minimize the side effects of IVF drugs
  5. Decreases normal rate of miscarriage
  6. Increases live births
  7. Significantly improves sperm motility, volume, and normalizes morphology

Treatments for infertility at our center are comprised of the following:

1) Acupuncture right before and after IVF:

30 min before and after the in vitro procedure (using specific protocol of the German acupuncture study where there was a pregnancy rate of 42%).

2) Acupuncture 2-24 weeks before IVF:

koi2It is recommended to have at least 6-8 acupuncture treatments before IVF to bring increased blood flow to the uterus; minimize side effect of medications, and to increase the endometrial lining.

After the acupuncture embryo transfer, acupuncture can be continued once per week for the first trimester to help prevent miscarriage by strengthening the Kidney Chi (adrenal function and vital essence). Acupuncture helps reduce the regular miscarriage rate of 15-10% to less than 1%.

3) Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine without IVF

baby2This involves acupuncture 1-2X per week to increase fertility and /or treat the root causes of infertility; such as PCOS, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes; fibroid tumors, high prolactin or FSH levels; low sperm motility, volume, abnormal sperm morphology; luteal insufficiency; frequent miscarriages, low ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, low follicle/egg production, thin uterine lining, no ovulation, irregular cycles, amenorrhea, etc.

Length of duration of treatments: IVF acupuncture treatments can vary from a minimum of 6-20 treatments with Chinese Medicine alone as the choice, 1-12 months of acupuncture and herbs as the routine therapy to treat the root causes of the infertility. Treatments for infertility usually involve coming between 1-2 treatments per week for 1-12 months depending on the case.

Pregnancy rates: Depending on the nature of the problem, research shows that Traditional Chinese medicine used alone achieves pregnancy rates of between 40-85%, and these rates can be higher when combined with Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine. At Dr. Singler’s Centre for Chinese Medicine, there is a 75% overall success rate for patients who have received acupuncture treatments 8 or more times.

TeaPotMarjorie Singler has succcessfully used chinese herbal formulae repeatedly for the following conditions:1) to lower elevated FSH levels, 2) to regulate irregular menstrual cycles, 3) to mitigate pain in the endometriosis patient; 4) to mitigate pain in the patient who presents with ovulation and/or menstruation related migraines; 5) to thicken an unresponsive endometrium; 6) to treat the amenorrheic; the oligomenorrheic patient; 7) to treat patients with partial tubal occlusion, fibroid tumours and cysts; and 8) the patient who presents with idiopathic infertility. Additionally, Dr, Singler has successfully treated male factor infertility with chinese herbs and nutritional supplmentation, which includes presentations such as low sperm count and poor motility.

RESEARCH:

101Acupuncture-assisted IVF. A German study (n=160) showed a 42.5% success rate with acu vs. 26.3% in the control group alone to a pregnancy rate increase to 42% with invitro and acupuncture together. The electro-acupuncture protocol based on the Swedish study of uterine arterial blood flow has been shown to increase the uterine artery blood flow. This can have an effect on increasing the uterine lining and can enhance possibilities of implantation.

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Marjorie Singler