To help our patients who desire to utilize complementary medicine during their treatment, Houston IVF has partnered with Eastern Harmony, a holistic treatment center specializing in complementary therapy services. Eastern Harmony works in partnership with Houston IVF physicians to strengthen the entire system, with special focus on the reproductive system, so that the patient’s body and overall health are at their peak. Acupuncture can safely be used prior to and concurrently with fertility medications and procedures such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Their services do not replace advanced reproductive technology procedures, but rather supports both patient and health care provider during this stressful period.
Recent studies have demonstrated that acupuncture may assist with infertility. We offer onsite acupuncture treatment for embryo transfers to give patients the greatest chance of becoming pregnant. We also offer offsite acupuncture services for treatment prior to an IVF cycle.
Day of Embryo Transfer
We offer pre and post embryo transfer treatments onsite at this IVF clinic.
Increased uterine contractions at the time of embryo transfer have been associated with poor implantation outcome. A 2001 German study resulted in a greater pregnancy rate in patients who had a specific acupuncture treatment both immediately prior to and after embryo transfer. In this study, 42.5% of the acupuncture group experienced clinical pregnancy, whereas just 26.3% of the control group (those who did not receive acupuncture), had a positive outcome. The acupuncture treatments relax the uterus, stabilize the endocrine system and calm the patient. These combined effects decrease the chance of uterine contractions and enhance a positive implantation and pregnancy.
Acupuncture for Uterine Blood Flow Pre IVF and IUI Cycles
Good blood flow to the uterus ensures a healthy endometrial lining. The Pulsitility Index (PI), or uterine artery blood flow, is measured by a transvaginal Doppler ultrasound. A high PI number indicates diminished blood flow. Studies have suggested that the uterine receptivity is improved when the PI value is between 2.0 and 2.99 on the day of embryo transfer. Other studies have demonstrated that a high PI in the uterine arteries is associated with a decreased pregnancy rate following IVF and embryo transfer.
In a study conducted at the Fertility Centre Scandinavia in Gothenburg, Sweden, researchers sought fo evaluate whether electro acupuncture (EA) can reduce impedance in the uterine arteries. In this study, women received EA eight times, twice a week for 4 weeks. The mean PI was significantly reduced to less than 2.6, both shortly after each of the eight EA treatments and 10-14 days after the completion of the series of treatments.
This study indicated that by utilizing this electro-acupuncture protocol, the chances of fertilization were enhanced. Electro-acupuncture can reduce a high Pulsitility Index, thereby increasing artery blood flow.
Contact us at 713-529-1610 to set up your acupuncture appointment. You can also visit us at EasternHarmony.com for a complete list of services.