A word on Jill – not only is Jill a skilled acupuncturist, but also she is incredibly knowledgeable about fertility and IVF. For someone like me who really wanted to understand the Western, as well as Eastern, aspects of fertility treatments, she is a perfect combination as she is extremely well-versed in IVF medicine. She also has a very balanced respectful approach to Western medicine.
Good clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF — a 50 percent increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without — but we didn’t need to read the medical journals to know it works: we see it in our patients every day.
Our patients undergoing IVF typically come to see us twice a week during the stim phase of their IVF cycles. They come in for one treatment before retrieval, one between retrieval and transfer, one just after transfer, and one a week after transfer. We have a large team of acupuncturists in order to make it easy for you to get the appointments you need, when you need them, to fit into your IVF schedule.
We usually see patients doing IUI once a week throughout, though we increase the frequency if necessary.
Acupuncture works to improve success rates of these interventions by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF or a medicated IUI cycle, improving the effectiveness of the drugs given. It also relaxes the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer or IUI. Acupuncture also reduces stress and offsets side effects from the fertility drugs.