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Acupuncture could increase IVF success
[Posted: Wed 17/04/2002 www.irishhealth.com]
by Deborah Condon
Women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) could have their chances of success increased by acupuncture, the results of a new study indicate.
IVF is a method of assisted reproduction, which may be considered necessary after a couple have gone through investigations for infertility. It refers to the technique where a woman's eggs are fertilised with sperm outside the body in a test tube. The success rate is around 27%.
The German study followed 160 women undergoing IVF, half of whom received standard treatment, while the remainder received acupuncture both before and after treatment. The acupuncture points used were those associated with relaxing the uterus.
The pregnancy rate in the group receiving acupuncture was found to be around 42%, compared to a pregnancy rate of 26.3% amongst the group who received standard treatment.
The scientists were unable to say for certain why acupuncture helped, however the theory is that it can affect the part of the nervous system involved in the control of muscles and glands, making the uterus more receptive to receiving an embryo.
The results of this study can be found in the medical journal, 'Fertility and Sterility'.
For more information on IVF, click onhttp://www.irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=2240
|mariecalry Posted: 18/06/2002 19:31|
|lisa(OHU17074) Posted: 23/08/2004 14:01|
|I am currently undergoing IVF for the 1st time, I expect egg collection to take place in the next 10 days...I am also receiving accupuncture treatment and hope it will help my chances, It's certainly making me feel more relaxed|
|Anonymous Posted: 03/01/2006 17:46|
|Hi lisa, How did you find accupuncture during IVF? Any success. Me and my wife are trying and had 2 unsuccessful IVF. If we go to Accupuncture clinic what kind of accupuncture should we request for. Is there any accupuncture after embryo transfer.? Please answer me here or at email@example.com|
|lisa(OHU17074) Posted: 04/01/2006 19:19|
|Had forgot I had even posted on this website...so much has happened since !!....yes, we had success 1st time and we are now proud parents of 8 month old boy/girl twins. Accupuncture I think is the way to go from my own experiences...I will email you with more details. I really wish you the best of luck with everything.|
|Winnie Posted: 23/02/2006 15:51|
|After two unsuccessful cycles one fresh the other frozen I'd like to try acupuncture. I live in Co. Meath. Does anyone know of a highly recommended acupuncturist in the area or even Dublin as I work in the City?? Any other hints for the next IVF cycle which will be another frozen cycle???|
|nictor Posted: 16/03/2006 14:21|
|am currently away to start my second ivf cycle,and have just started accupuncture,does anyone think that it specifically worked for them???|
|Anonymous Posted: 14/04/2006 13:32|
|Hi Winnie, just read your message. I have just completed IVF treatment and am awaiting to see if it has been successful. I did get pregnant on my 1st treatment however my lil boy was stillborn at 34 weeks. since then I had 1 frozen embryo transfer unsuccessfully and last Oct my attempt at full treatment was stopped not enough follicles. Many people told me to try acupuncture which I did during my current treatment and I had 15 eggs collected. I don't know for sure if it was the acupuncture but I am still having it at moment. I attend an Acupuncturist Deirdre Walsh in Blackrock who treats infertile and preqnant women. Also there is a good write up in this month's Image and Eve magazine about the success rates. Best of luck everyone with your IVF. C.|
|Jewel Posted: 27/04/2006 16:32|
|Hi there. Can anyone recommned an accupuncturist for ivf in Dublin City Centre? Many thanks in advance and good to everyone undergoing ivf.|
|Nicky Posted: 16/08/2007 16:36|
|I am about tohave my first appointment at the hospital about starting IVF, they have told me there is a 20 week waiting list in England, can anyone give me advice o howto make sure i am in the best condition prior to starting treatment, i am also interested in the Acupuncture, how to i find out which clinics offer this?|
|Ruby Posted: 22/09/2008 12:35|
|I have had two unsuccessful IVF treatments, I am due to start my third treatment shortly. I have started acunpunture and just wondering if anyone found it helped?|
|Anto1972 Posted: 26/02/2010 00:02|
I have just started taking my drugs for IVF and have been doing accupuncture since Oct last year with a woman in Dublin,her knowledge is fantastic and she has been treating people with infertility for years. She also works with two ladys and a gent that also do acc. so if you cannt go on the same day each week you could see one of the others! I hope to go for treatment with her on the morning of my egg implantation before they go back in AND after ( so thats acc am then egg implant then acc ) then home to put my feet up for two weeks!
best of luck to you all and keep ringing around till u find some one who deals with infertility!
ps It can help with people who miscarry if you have it weekly up to 12 weeks
|jackieann Posted: 22/01/2012 17:35|
Just about 2 start my first ivf cycle tomorrow. I had many many attempts at iui but never got pregnant until i had acupuncture. I got pregnant during my first attempt after acupuncture. Unfortunately baby didnt survice and I had a misscarriage at 10 weeks but it def did help me to get pregnant in the first place.
Good luck to all xx
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