IVF and Acupuncture News

Oh my goodness, this is so cool!

Olive IVF in Vancouver BC just announced a new program that integrates Eastern and Western medicine practices.  IVF patients can now receive acupuncture before and after their procedure from the onsite practitioners in the new acupuncture rooms!

This is in response to the most recent research that points to the fact that acupuncture can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy and birth. There are multiple reasons for its success, but overall, acupuncture boosts a woman’s overall fertility health.

It does this in a couple different ways.  To begin with, acupuncture increases blood flow to the eggs and uterus.  This amps up the quality of the eggs and uterine lining, making implantation more likely to happen.

Another benefit of acupuncture is that it reduces the stress levels in a woman’s body.  In a recent study published in Sterility and Fertility, researchers found that irregular stress hormones in the body can hinder conception. Acupuncture helps balance hormone levels so that a woman’s body is fertility friendly.

So with research showing increased pregnancy rates, decreased miscarriage rates and lower ectopic pregnancy rates, it is exciting to see acupuncture find a permanent home in an IVF clinic!


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