In vitro fertilization (IVF)
How to Increase IVF Success Rate Naturally
We are here to help improve your IVF success rate, no matter your conception plan.
IVF Fertility Treatment
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a popular treatment choice for those who may have infertility issues or genetic disorders but are wanting to conceive. The IVF process is a series of procedures that takes place over several weeks. It can involve eggs and sperm from partners, donated eggs and/or sperm, and even a surrogate. No matter what your conception plan is, we are here to help improve your IVF success rate by supporting your physical and mental health through the whole process.
Our Holistic Approach to IVF Treatments
There are so many factors that come into play during fertility and IVF treatments that it can feel like all the stars need to align to successfully conceive. While it is true that every part must succeed and build off one another, there are many ways you can take care of yourself while improving your fertility. We’ll work with you to create a holistic treatment plan that is tailored to you and your goals.
Improve IVF Success Rates Naturally
There are several natural ways to help make the IVF process smoother and more successful. Our recommendations of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or a combination of both can help treat symptoms related to medication, improve the health of the reproductive system, improve sperm quality, and help reduce the stress and anxiety of the fertility treatment process.
Acupuncture and IVF
Acupuncture during IVF treatment addresses the reproductive system by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Treatments also harmonize yin and yang energies and balance hormone levels throughout the body which improves egg quality and the uterine lining. Relief from mental factors, such as stress and anxiety, is also improved. These holistic treatments allow patients to improve fertility outcomes and reduce IVF medication symptoms, improve libido, and regulate the menstrual cycle.
During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the lower abdomen, legs, arms, and sometimes elsewhere, such as the ears. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to experience results within 3-6 months of receiving weekly treatment. We will likely recommend combining acupuncture with Chinese herbs to maximize effectiveness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and IVF
Herbal medicine to help support IVF treatments helps improve overall health for a successful fertility process. Formulas improve egg quality and uterine lining by balancing yin and yang, qi, blood, and hormone levels. Herbs also help regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce any side effects of medications used during IVF treatments. Mental health is also a major factor in fertility health so treatment plans also aim to address stress and anxiety that is commonly experienced during the fertility journey.
Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to experience sustained results after 3-6 months of weekly treatments. After discussing your health history, we may recommend combining this therapy with acupuncture. We see better outcomes with improved results when these treatments are paired together for fertility treatments.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is In Vitro Fertilization?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a series of procedures that helps improve fertility outcomes. IVF is an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in which mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and then mixed with healthy sperm. After sperm has successfully fertilized the egg, creating an embryo, the embryo or embryos are manually placed in the uterus for implantation and pregnancy.
What’s the Difference Between IUI and IVF?
IUI does not involve the retrieval of eggs from the ovaries. Instead, IUI is when healthy sperm is put directly into the uterus during ovulation. This is to help the sperm get as close to the egg as possible for fertilization.
How Does In Vitro Fertilization Work?
IVF begins by helping stimulate the production of several mature eggs by the use of medications. The eggs are retrieved during a procedure once it is determined that the eggs are mature. The eggs are then combined with a healthy sperm sample (insemination). If sperm quality is low, sperm may be directly inserted into the egg(s). The embryo or embryos are then put directly into the uterus for implantation. Pregnancy is successful if the embryo attaches to the uterine wall.
How Long Does IVF Take?
A single round of IVF involves several steps and procedures which take around three weeks to complete.
How Much Does In Vitro Fertilization Cost?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is usually an expensive procedure. Some states require insurance companies to help cover costs, but it varies based on personal qualifications, state, and insurance.
Does Insurance Cover In Vitro Fertilization?
Insurance can cover part or all of IVF treatment costs depending on requirements, state regulations, and insurance companies. Check with your insurance provider to learn more.
What Is the In Vitro Fertilization Process?
IVF begins by helping stimulate the production of several mature eggs by the use of medications. This is called ovulation induction. The eggs are retrieved during a procedure once testing determines that the eggs are mature. The eggs are then combined with a healthy sperm sample (insemination). If sperm quality is low, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be needed. This is when sperm is directly inserted into the egg(s). The embryo or embryos are then put directly into the uterus for implantation. Pregnancy is successful if the embryo attaches to the uterine wall.
What Is a Natural IVF?
Natural IVF is the same as IVF except that a mature egg is retrieved during natural ovulation. Medications are not used to create several mature eggs. This method can have fewer side effects and is less expensive than traditional IVF treatments.
Do Antibiotics Affect IVF Treatment?
It is possible for some types of antibiotics to affect IVF treatments. Antibiotics may impact sperm health or other aspects of fertility health. Talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking.
How Is IVF Pregnancy Different from Natural Pregnancy?
The beginning of an IVF pregnancy is when it is most different from a natural pregnancy. After IVF success, women are at some risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The symptoms are similar to those experienced in early pregnancy. OHSS usually resolves in a few weeks, but it is important to keep your doctor informed so you can be monitored.
Those who become pregnant through IVF will be monitored closely for several weeks and may be more aware of pregnancy symptoms and also may have higher levels of stress and anxiety. Around the tenth week of pregnancy, an IVF pregnancy will seem just like any other.
Can You Get Pregnant Naturally After IVF?
It is possible to become pregnant naturally after IVF treatments. However, certain infertility causes that led to going through IVF can still impact future pregnancies.
Does Acupuncture Help IVF Implantation?
Yes, acupuncture helps promote blood and qi movement, helping improve the uterine lining.
Does Acupuncture Increase IVF Success?
Receiving acupuncture during IVF helps improve IVF success. This therapy improves egg quality, improves the health of the uterine wall, promotes blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, balances hormones, and lowers stress levels.
How Does Acupuncture Help IVF?
Acupuncture helps IVF succeed during every stage. This natural treatment helps egg retrieval by improving egg quality and increasing blood flow to the ovaries. Acupuncture also helps men who have sperm quantity, quality, or motility issues. Acupuncture also boosts the health of the uterus by increasing blood flow and improving the uterine lining. Additionally, this therapy helps relieve symptoms associated with IVF medications and reduces stress.
How Long Should You Do Acupuncture Before IVF?
We recommend you start acupuncture treatments 3-6 months before an IVF cycle.
When Should You Have Acupuncture During IVF?
We recommend starting acupuncture treatments 3-6 months before starting an IVF cycle. You’ll continue treatments during the cycle, including the day before egg retrieval.
Does Acupuncture Work for Fertility Without IVF?
Yes, acupuncture can improve fertility for those trying to conceive naturally as well. Acupuncture treatments help regulate the entire monthly cycle, balance hormones, normalize blood flow to reduce any negative symptoms related to the menses. Egg and sperm quality is improved by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Is It Safe to Take Chinese Herbs During IVF?
We take a detailed medical history during a consultation to ensure we create a herbal formula that is tailored to your needs and goals.
What To Expect
You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.
At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.
At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.
Your Patient Journey
At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.
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