IVF - In-vitro Fertilization

In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) / Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Many couples undergoing IVF/ICSI have a period of waiting before their cycle begins; this is the perfect opportunity
to pay special attention to all elements of your health. Since egg and sperm development takes at least 90 to100 days,
the three months before your cycle is an important time. Implementing a good diet, proper self-care and preconception acupuncture treatments optimizes your reproductive health.

                       A healthy, balanced body will help create healthy and high quality sperm and eggs.

In the month before your IVF/ICSI cycle, we follow an evidence-based acupuncture protocol to prepare a woman’s body for embryo transfer. Treatments are scheduled 2x/week during the four weeks prior to egg retrieval. Research has shown that acupuncture may help improve the success rate of IVF/ICSI in the following ways:

  • Improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
  • Improving response to hormonal stimulation
  • Alleviating possible side effects of fertility medications
  • Improving the thickness and profusion of blood to the uterine lining
  • Calming the uterus to help prepare for and support implantation
  • Reducing stress and promoting relaxation

For men with impaired sperm parameters, we recommend bi-weekly acupuncture treatments during the three months prior to an IVF/ICSI cycle and then scheduling visits 2x/week for the two weeks prior to your partner’s egg retrieval. research

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer has been clinically proven to improve the pregnancy rates in IVF patients. Treatments are given pre and post transfer. Our practitioners are available to provide this service at the Victoria Fertility Centre as requested.

Approximately 5 to 7 days after transfer, a follow-up acupuncture session will help support implantation and aid in relaxation as you wait for your blood work day. 

Our practitioners are trained and experienced in treating pregnancy related conditions and can continue to be of support during the first trimester as well as throughout your pregnancy.

 Click here for details about FREE mind-body classes offered by our centre to help support you on your fertility journey.

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