Preconception care is recommended with the aim to promote optimal gynaecological health in preparation for pregnancy, to strengthen and prepare the body to increase its chances of conceiving and to assist in promoting a healthy pregnancy and beyond. Preparing the body can take three to six months and ideally both partners receive treatment.
Chinese Medicine practice believes the symptom of infertility indicates there is an imbalance in the body. Treatments focus on aiming to regulate the menstrual cycle and restore overall health and wellbeing.
A treatment plan is formed based on the underlying patterns of imbalance according to the Chinese Medicine system.
Many health practitioners recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. Although earlier systematic reviews found that evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture used to support IVF or other assisted reproductive technology was “unclear”, a more recent systematic review by Qian et al found that “Based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the CPR [clinical pregnancy rate] among women undergoing IVF.
There is increasing evidence supporting the benefits of acupuncture in treating infertility. There is also continuing research on how acupuncture may increase the effectiveness of IVF, and these studies have yielded positive outcomes.