IVF/IUI Support

Invitro Fertilization and Intrauterine Insemination

First and foremost we would like to see you be able to conceive without the need for ART (assisted reproduction techniques) such as IVF or IUI.  If you should need to use ART we can help you prepare your body, so your chances of a successful pregnancy are significantly increased.  Good clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF, demonstrating a 50% increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without.

For best results, Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary, and lifestyle therapy should be used before, during and after IVF/IUI.  Chinese medicine can help prepare both partners before IVF.  It helps to improve the function of the ovaries, strengthen and regulate the immune function, reduce stress, and improve the quality and quantity of sperm.

Undergoing ART without preparing your body is like planting a seed without cultivating the soil.  Furthermore, acupuncture performed on the day of embryo transfer has been shown to increase the implantation rate and live birth rates in patients undergoing IVF.

A woman’s body begins to recruit eggs about 120 days before ovulation and the development of sperm takes between 72-90 days, so to optimize your chances of a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby you should prepare your body for a minimum of 3-6 months before undergoing an ART cycle.  This is  the window of opportunity for you and your partner to nourish your body to improve egg and sperm quality.

Studies have shown that women and men receiving acupuncture along with Chinese herbs, appropriate nutrients, adequate exercise, and stress reduction techniques, improve their chances for developing healthier eggs and sperm.

How does Chinese medicine improve IVF success rates?

  • It improves the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs.
  • It regulates the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles.
  • It increases the blood flow to the uterus and increases the thickness of the uterine lining.
  • It relaxes the patient and decreases  stress.
  • It helps prevent uterine contractions.
  • It lessens the side effects of the Western drugs used in IVF.
  • It strengthens and regulates the immune system.
  • It improves semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos.
  • It reduces miscarriage.

Here at Eastern Bench, we do pre and post IVF transfer acupuncture treatments as well as have a program to prepare your body prior to IVF or IUI. If you should find us right before your next IVF cycle we can still help you with managing stress, improving cycle outcomes, and reduce signs and symptoms of ovarian hyperstimulation as well as prevention of OHSS.

Chinese medicine and IUI

When working with women utilizing IUI, or intrauterine insemination, we focus on regulating and optimizing the four phases of the menstrual cycle. Depending on your protocol and the timing of our work together, we may use acupuncture alone or acupuncture in combination with herbs and targeted supplements.

Chinese medicine and IVF

We ideally would want to begin working with you three months prior to your active IVF cycle but we can also have a positive impact on outcomes no matter where you are in the process.  Our emphasis, when working with people using IVF, is to balance hormones, improve blood flow to the uterus, address any underlying deficiencies, optimize nutrition, and keep your nervous system calm and steady.

Chinese medicine and donor eggs

When using donor eggs, we focus on balancing your hormones, improving circulation and preparing the uterus for implantation, supporting and balancing your constitution, and generally keeping your nervous system steady and calm. 

Chinese medicine and egg freezing

Similar to IVF, we work with you three months prior to active cycle with weekly acupuncture.  Since there will not be a transfer after egg freezing you may choose to discontinue treatment or you may opt to continue treatment if you are planning to do more than one egg freezing cycle, or if you want to continue working on general wellness or other health issues.

Have a question? Reach out!

Eastern Bench is a reputable wellness clinic in the Salt Lake area with a specialty in natural fertility and IVF support.  We are very dedicated to providing high quality holistic care to our clients.  To set up an appointment, please call (385)279-2410 or request an appointment online. We offer free 15 minute consultations to those who would like to learn more about our treatment options.  Please contact us by submitting this form if you should have any additional questions.

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