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5 tips for increasing IVF success chances

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Fertility acupuncture for IVF goals:

  • Boost ovarian response to improve your egg quality and follicle quantity

  • Support the uterine lining to increase implantation rates

  • Optimize your own baseline for a healthy and successful pregnancy

  • Reduce the side effects of the medication taken during the IVF cycle

1) Take the right supplements for IVF

Supplements can help increase both egg quality and quantity, which in turn improves IVF success. Ideally these are taken for a minimum of 3 months prior to the retrieval cycle. This is the time it takes for the eggs to mature.

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As a general recommendation, to be customized for each patient:

  • CoQ10, 600 mg daily

  • Vitamin D, 5000 iu daily

  • Inositol, 3 grams daily

  • Melatonin, 3 mg at bedtime

  • Vitamin C, 1000 mg 3 x daily

  • Vitamin E, 800 iu daily

  • Resveratrol, 1800 mg daily

  • DHEA, 25 mg, 3 x day

2) Get acupuncture for IVF

Fertility Acupuncture is a powerful tool to include as part of an IVF treatment plan.

Research has shown that acupuncture significantly increases IVF success rates (1).
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Benefits of acupuncture for IVF

  • Reduce stress and promote relaxation

  • Improve ovarian function

  • Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs

  • Enhance the uterine lining, leading to better implantation of the embryo

  • Minimize side effects of drugs during stimulation cycles

Read more here.

Treatment plan

A typical acupuncture for IVF treatment plan includes the following steps. A strict minimum of one session every 2 weeks is required for success. Herbs are strongly recommended too.

  • acupuncture once a week, ideally for 12 weeks (or more) prior to an IVF cycle

  • 2 acupuncture sessions the day of transfer, one right before and one right after

  • acupuncture in the 2 weeks following transfer and beyond !

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A minimum of 3 months is ideal

Eggs that will be retrieved during an IVF cycle have been maturing for 3-4 months. The benefits of acupuncture during this maturation process can improve the quantity and the quality of eggs.

The best results come from 12 or more acupuncture sessions prior to the IVF cycle.

3) Manage your stress

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Going through infertility and IVF is stressful. So many doctors appointments, tests, shots and medications, hopes and disappointments, not to mention the cost... No wonder stress levels run high in fertility patients.

  • Scale back on work load if you can

  • Scale back on intense workouts

  • Consider restorative yoga

  • Get some acupuncture

4) Control your blood sugar levels

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Abnormal blood sugar is a leading cause of fertility issues. High or low blood sugars will disrupt hormones, suppress egg maturation and interfere with the successful implantation of an embryo.

Keeping your blood sugar optimal:

  • Start with breakfast every day & Eat a meal or snack every few hours

  • Make sure you get plenty of protein

  • Limit carbs, such as grains

  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages

See our article about egg quality diet.

5) Get Enough Sleep

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Sleep plays a critical role in fertility

Getting enough sleep – 8 hours a night – during an IVF cycle is important to balance your hormones and give your body the rest it needs while doing the hard work of making a baby.

  • Set a bed time that is the same everyday

  • Nap if you can !

  • Create a soothing 5-minute ritual before going to sleep

  • No screens 2 hours before bed

  • Cool down the bedroom

And finally... don't overthink. Any of these steps helps, but no need to overdo.

No matter where you are in your fertility, pregnancy & mothering journey,

if you need support, we can help.

In addition to our own team of fertility & women's health acupuncturists, we are well-connected within the Los Angeles- Pasadena area community to help you

find the right integrative and holistic care for you.

On our website, you can learn more about our services, and book an appointment.

If you have more questions please call our front desk, at 626-841-2991, or email us.

(1)Impact of Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine on In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes Lee E. Hullender Rubin,a Michael S. Opsahl,b Klaus Wiemer,b Scott D. Mist,c and Aaron B. Caugheyc


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