IVF Acupuncture FAQ
1. I have already started my IVF stimulation am I too late to start Acupuncture?
No you can start Acupuncture support at any time. However since you have not had the 3 months preparation results could vary.
2. It is my first IVF attempt, can I still use Acupuncture?
Of course. We can support you through the first IVF stimulation and in some cases a woman only needs one round.
3. My husband has a low sperm count, we will be using ICSI. Can I use acupuncture to support myself during IVF?
In this case we recommend seeing both partners for IVF support.
4. How many treatments will I need?
There are many variables, depending on previous history and condition. We suggest weekly for 3 months prior to IVF stimulation for those with a history of infertility. However each individual varies so speak to your acupuncturist.
5. Apart from Acupuncture are there any other treatments I should consider?
Yes based on individual needs your practitioner will suggest vitamins, Chinese herbs or diet changes.
6. Is changing my diet important?
Diet changes can be very important. Nutritional deficiencies such as Iron can impact your results. The practitioner will take into account your individual needs and tailor some changes for you.
7. I need to lose a few kilos how will this affect my treatment?
Generally speaking we suggest the a woman lose weight before starting IVF procedures however we can assist in the weight loss and start the three months preparation during this time.
8. What is the age of the oldest woman to conceive?
We have many clients over 40 who have conceived. One case conceived naturally while doing her preparation for IVF in her 40’s. I can think of many cases of successful combination of IVF with Acupuncture over the age of 40 even 43. We have also dealt with clients using donor embryos.
9. Can you help bring down high FSH levels?
Yes for women who have high FSH a combination of Acupuncture and herbal medicine should help
10. Are there any particular supplements that I should take?
For a women as a general rule we usually suggest;
• A good multi-vitamins, we suggest BioCeuticals In natal due to the high B vitamins contained
• A good fish oil, again we suggest BioCeuticals which adhere to the European level EPACS (low mercury low metals)
• Royal Jelly For the man;
• A good multi-vitamin high in Zinc
• A good fish oil
• Deer velvet
However depending on you individual needs you may need variations some common variations include Vitamin D and iron.
11. Do I need to take herbal medicine?
No your treatment is entirely up to you. However in some cases herbs are crucial to the success.
12. Do herbs taste bad?
Yes, they certainly not taste great. However after a few time you will get use to the taste, and may start to like it because you can feel the benefit from the herbs.
We use a combination of herbs; raw, granule and pills. The traditional raw herbs taste bitter but are the strongest variety. Raw herbs have been used in China for hundreds if not thousands of years to treat fertility, they are not always tasty but they work great!
Granulated herbs are less bitter however they are less potent. Pills are great for those who cannot handle the taste but are much weaker.
13. Once I am pregnant should I continue with Acupuncture?
We recommend that a woman should continue with acupuncture for several reasons;
• Acupuncture lessons the chance of miscarriage
• Acupuncture is a great natural cure for morning sickness
• Acupuncture can help with general health complaints in pregnancy
• In the last trimester acupuncture can get the body ready for a natural labour, turn breech babies and induct late babies
The frequency will be discussed with your practitioner due to individual conditions. However generally for women who have experienced miscarriages weekly acupuncture is recommended and often combined with Chinese herbal medicines.
Dr. Richard Zeng