IVF and Chinese herbal medicine

IVF specialists generally prefer their fertility patients to not be taking traditional Chinese herbal medicine during the course of their IVF treatments. IVF specialists are unfamiliar with the herbs used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine and they are unsure of potential co interactions with the drugs used in IVF. If you prefer to take herbal medicine during your IVF cycle it is best you discuss this with your treating doctor. Chinese herbal medicine can and has been used as an adjunct to IVF treatments at the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic.

Possible fertility treatment protocols when Chinese herbs are used with IVF therapy are:

1. A course of Chinese herbal medicine treatment in preparation of an IVF cycle. This is best done approximately two to three months prior to the commencement of the IVF cycle.

2. Chinese herbal medicine treatment commencing on the first day of the menstrual cycle (i.e. first day of the period). This protocol needs to be approved by your treating IVF specialist.

3. Post conception treatments. Chinese herbal medicine is successful in the prevention of miscarriage. The Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic recommends all patients who fall pregnant to use Chinese herbal medicine during the first trimester of their pregnancy.

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