Infertility and IVF

Assisted Reproduction

womans hands around baby's feetDifficulty falling pregnant is becoming more widespread in modern society. This is largely due to a lot of couples putting off having kids until their mid 30’s instead of starting in their early 20’s.  Many other modern factors are causing issues as well such as increased stress levels, poor sleeping and eating habits.  These can all disrupt the body’s hormones and nervous system making falling pregnant more difficult.

Other women have pre-existing menstrual issues such irregular periods, endometriosis and PCOS.  All of these can make tracking your cycle and ovulation more difficult, which in turn makes falling pregnant harder.

Often investigative tests will be done by your GP such as ultrasounds and blood tests, to check hormone levels and assessing your ovaries for under developed follicles.  A blood test can be done about 1 week before your period is due to confirm whether you have ovulated that cycle.

Medications such as Chlomid can be prescribed to help your body ovulate, or your health practitioner may recommend IVF as an option.

In Vitro Fertilisation and Assisted Reproduction

This is the process whereby the woman is given hormones to regulate her cycle artificially, then gives injections to stimulate egg development at the correct times. The eggs are then collected, graded and externally fertilised. The best egg is then implanted back in to the uterus and hopefully a pregnancy occurs.  The current success rates for IVF in women under the age of 38 is approximately 30%.

Other techniques such as ICSI can be used when there is issues with the man’s sperm. This is a way of selecting the best sperm in the sample to help improve the chances of egg fertilisation.

Can Acupuncture Help?

There is some evidence to suggest that Acupuncture may be able to assist with IVF treatment when recommended by you health practitioner.  It is best to consult your treating practitioner about whether Acupuncture may be able to assist you.

Research performed in 2015 into the role of Acupuncture in IVF found that: “Our study showed that acupuncture did not significantly improve the IVF clinical pregnancy rate when performed only at the time of ET (embryo transfer), while we found pooled benefit of acupuncture for IVF when performed at follicle phase and 25 min before and after ET, as well as 30 min after ET and implantation phase.” – This study demonstrates there may be potential for Acupuncture to assist with IVF, but nothing conclusive has been determined, due to variance in many different studies.

Further research findings will be published as they become available.

One area where Acupuncture can assist is with stress relief. Trying to fall pregnant is one of the most stressful experiences a couple can go through. The longer it goes on, the worse you feel. Acupuncture can help relieve stress to help you cope through this difficult journey.

If you would like to discuss this or any other health concerns, feel free to call the clinic on 9796 2388

 

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