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Infertility / IVF

Dr. Pakula

Infertility is not just a medical problem…and you are not alone in your battle. In fact 9 million people in the United States are affected by infertility and many of those people deal with medical, psychological and financial stresses. Recent research shows that 60% of cases are due to female infertility and 40% of cases are due to male infertility factors.

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 1 year of active trying. Infertility is classified into two types:

Primary infertility – no previous pregnancy; approximately 40% of infertile couples.

Secondary infertility – if there was a previous pregnancy whatever the outcome; approximately 60% of infertile couples.

What are the causes of Infertility?

  • Ovulation factors
  • Cervical/uterine factors
  • Fallopian tube factors
  • Immunology factors or inflammatory factors-both specific and non-specific
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ovarian Cysts
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Uterine Fibroid Tumors
  • Endocrine Imbalances
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated FSH
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Stress
  • Lupus
  • Amenorrhea
  • Birth defects-due to fetal development from mother taking DES (diethylstilbestrol)
  •  Hyperprolactinemia
  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Male Factors

Chinese Medicine Impact on Infertility:

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine works to enhance both men and women’s fertility by restoring health and balance to the body, mind and spirit. There have been a multitude of research studies in the past decade showing how Acupuncture and TCM increase the success rate of conventional infertility treatments. In fact in the April 2002 issue of Fertility and Sterility, the German study showed that using acupuncture pre and post IVF increased the success rate to 42.5% as opposed to those not using acupuncture at 26.3%. Acupuncture is very effective when combined with assisted reproductive technologies and can also assist in achieving natural pregnancy. For maximum benefits using Chinese medicine, we recommend at least 3 months of preconception care as well as doing maintenance treatments post conception.

Major BenefitsPreconception Care

  • Ability to overcome common fertility challenges
  • Increased chance of conceiving naturally
  • Increased effectiveness of western procedures
  • Reduced side effects of drugs prescribed during IVF, IUI

Prenatal

  • Improved energy and balanced emotions
  • Reduced chance of miscarriage
  • Shortened labor time

Post Partum

  • Improved long-term reproductive health
  • Lessens post partum depression
  • Improves breast milk quality

Major effects of Acupuncture in the treatment of Infertility:

  • Regulates the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis
  • Reduces stress and cortisol levels
  • Increases the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus and pelvic region
  • Relaxes the uterus
  • Stimulates ovulation
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Decreases morning sickness

Chinese Medicine Treatment of Infertility:

Western medicine concentrates solely on the health of the reproductive organs whereas Chinese medicine works to strengthen and balance all systems of the body. To achieve balance we use acupuncture, herbs, Reproductive Organ Massage,dietary measures, nutritional supplements, and stress reduction.

Acupuncture & IVF Support

Research in Acupuncture, Infertility and IVF

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial. Westergaard LG, Mao Q, Krogslund M, Sandrini S, Lenz S, Grinsted J. Fertility Clinic Trianglen, Hellerup, Denmark.
Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1341-6. Epub 2006 Apr 5. (read more)

Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer. Smith C, Coyle M, Norman RJ. School of Health Science, The University of South Australia, South Australia, Australia.
Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1352-8. Epub 2006 Apr 5. (read more)

Acupuncture prior to and at embryo transfer in an assisted conception unit–a case series. Johnson D. Chobham Acupuncture Clinic, Chobham, Surrey.
Acupunct Med. 2006 Mar;24(1):23-8. (read more)

Acupuncture and infertility: we need to stick to good science. Domar AD. Domar Center for Complementary Healthcare, Boston IVF, Massachusetts, USA.
Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1359-61; discussion 1368-70. Epub 2006 Apr 5. (read more)

Assisted Reproductive Therapy Outcome Improved by Acupuncture (read more)

Link to Fertility specialists

Are you considering IVF? Would you like to increase your chances of conceiving and decrease the risk of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage?

Then keep on reading. You will find information here that may save you having to go through a second, third cycle of IVF or more.

Acupuncture before and after IVF not only considerably increased the success rates, but also substantially increased live birth rates. Furthermore, it substantially reduced risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies.

We already know that acupuncture improves fertility in numerous ways; such as:

  • Regulates the menstrual cycle (and its hormones) to produce a larger number of follicles
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus and increases the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Relaxes the patient and reduces stress
  • Decreases risk of miscarriage
  • Decreases risk of ectopic pregnancy
  • Improves live birth rate

While acupuncture may increase the success rates of assisted reproductive techniques (A.R.T.) including IVF, ICSI, IUI and other, our goal is for you to conceive naturally, if possible, without the use of A.R.T.

There are couples who for various physical reasons will not be able to conceive without the use of assisted reproduction. In cases like this, we aim to balance and prepare your body so your chance of successful IVF or IUI is significantly increased.

One blastocyst embryo transferred on day 5

One blastocyst embryo transferred on day 5

single blast baby

Nick arrived 9 months later

Fertility is one of our fields of expertise. Contact us now to discuss how we can help you.

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ARTICLES & STUDIES

  • Effects of Acupuncture on the Pregnancy Rate in Patients who Undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy

  • This is the original study on IVF that made such a big splash. It was published in the fertility and Sterility journal which is the internationally recognized peer reviewed journal for Reproductive Endocrinologists and other health care professionals in the field. One hundred and sixty patients were involved in the study; eighty received acupuncture just before and just after IVF transfer, the other eighty did not receive acupuncture treatment. The results: those who received acupuncture had an ongoing pregnancy rate of 42% and those who received sham acupuncture had ongoing pregnancy rates of 26%.

  • Source: American Society For Reporoductive Medicine / Elsevier Science Inc (Fertility & Sterility, Vol.77, No.4) – Publish Date: April, 2002 – Download Article (PDF)

  • Effects of Acupuncture on the Outcome of In Vitro Fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: A Randomized, Prospective, Controlled Clinical Study

  • This study takes two hundred twenty five patients undergoing IVF/ICSI and gives some of them acupuncture on the day of transfer and then again three days later for implantation. The results: those who received acupuncture had an ongoing pregnancy rate of 33% and those who received sham acupuncture had ongoing pregnancy rates of 15%.

  • Source: American Society For Reporoductive Medicine / Elsevier Inc (Fertility & Sterility, Vol.85, No.5) – Publish Date: May, 2006 – Download Article (PDF)

  • Influence of Acupuncture Stimulation on Pregnancy Rates for Women Undergoing Embryo Transfer

  • This study looks at two hundred twenty eight women some of whom received real acupuncture with IVF transfer and some received sham acupuncture. The results: those who received acupuncture had an ongoing pregnancy rate of 28% and those who received sham acupuncture had ongoing pregnancy rates of 18%.

  • Source:American Society For Reporoductive Medicine / Elsevier Inc (Fertility & Sterility, Vol.85, No.5) – Publish Date: May, 2006 – Download Article (PDF)

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