How frequently will I need acupuncture treatments, and what will be the timing of these treatments?
The frequency of your treatments at the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic will depend on how early you seek acupuncture treatment.
Most commonly, patients who are using acupuncture as an adjunct treatment to IVF therapy start their treatments at the commencement of their IVF cycle. The acupuncture treatments are best administered twice weekly and are evenly spaced within each week. This protocol best suits patients whose reason for their infertility is not known or for those who are receiving IVF therapy due to a problem with their partner’s sperm.
For those IVF patients who are more “clinical” cases, earlier intervention and more treatment is required. This applies to prospective IVF patients who suffer from conditions such as poor egg quality, low number of eggs, history of polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, pending ovarian failure, as well as those who have had previous failed IVF attempts. If one of these conditions applies to you, it will be best if you seek treatment at the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic as soon as you decide to go ahead with IVF therapy.
Depending on the reason you require IVF acupuncture, Dr Kirk Wilson will recommend a treatment protocol which will use either acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine or a combination of both. These options will be discussed with each patient during their initial consultation. Most patients with known reasons for their infertility will receive a combination acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine before their IVF cycle. Once, the IVF treatments commence acupuncture is administered alone.
For those who decide to use acupuncture on the day of their IVF transfer, they will receive their acupuncture immediately before and immediately after their embryo transfer at the IVF clinic.