What does IVF / DEIVF & Acupuncture look like?
Preparing for IVF: 3 months: Ideally we love to work with you for 3-4 months prior to your first IVF / DEIVF cycle to iron out underlying health, hormonal or fertility issues. This is important whether you are using your own eggs or donor eggs.
But don’t worry, if you are about to start a cycle, and have missed the preconception stage, all good. We work with anyone at any stage of their IVF journey.
You’ve started a cycle
The medication phase of IVF starts on day 2 of your cycle and this is a perfect time to start having weekly acupuncture. Acupuncture now can help balance your hormones, increase blood flow & nutrients to the uterus and the ovaries (which is great for the health of your eggs and uterine lining thickness).
IVF / DEIVFis a very stressful time. Juggling soooo many appointments, scans, blood tests, drugs to inject, supplements to take, things to think about and so little time, mixed with the overwhelm and uncertainty of “is this even going to work”…if nothing else, acupuncture can help you destress.
You’ve had an anaesthetic and your eggs have been collected (if you are using your own eggs. If using donor eggs, skip this step!) Imagine what’s going on down there- you’ve been prodded and poked, and your poor little ovaries are sore, swollen and down right tired. Let’s give them some love. Acupuncture within 24-48 hours of collection can help reduce inflammation and that swollen / bloated / NQR feeling
Having acupuncture within 24 hours pre and post transfer may increase chances of implantation. Acupuncture aims to increase blood flow and relax both you and your uterus to improve outcomes.
And now the wait. What can be the most arduous, painstaking “two week wait”. Urgh. It can feel awfully overwhelming, and you need to take care of you. This can be a particularly stressful, anxious, and sleep depriving time of waiting and overthinking. Acupuncture may regulate our stress hormones to modulate mood and provide amazing stress relief & emotional support through what can otherwise be an emotionally challenging (and draining) process. Ideally, we recommend 1-2 treatments weekly to help calm your nervous system.