A practitioner from our office can be available to provide onsite acupuncture services at your home, hotel or the reproductive endocrinologist’s office on the day of embryo transfer. Contact our office on the day of your egg retrieval or when you have a tentative transfer date and time so we can schedule this. Be sure that your reproductive endocrinologist and his or her staff are aware that you will be receiving acupuncture so that a room and an adequate amount of time are made available for you. The treatments last approximately twenty-five minutes each and are performed immediately before and after the transfer.
Acupuncture After Embryo Transfer Women who continue treatment after embryo transfer throughout the first trimester have higher ongoing pregnancy rates. Why is this? It is the implanted blastocyst (your tiny growing baby) that sends a hormone called human-chorionic-gonadotropin to the corpus-luteum. It is the corpus-luteum that is responsible for the secretion of progesterone, an important chemical for keeping you pregnant.
By continuing to stimulate blood flow to the blastocyst, acupuncture helps to maintain the health and strength of the blastocyst-corpus-luteum relationship, thereby maintaining the proper level of progesterone. Then, after six weeks, your placenta takes over the role of secreting progesterone. Acupuncture stimulates blood flow to the placenta helping it to do its job of protecting and nourishing your growing baby. One major reason for miscarriage is inappropriated blood flow to the placenta.
READ THIS STUDY! ‘Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial’ by Lars G. Westergaard, M.D., Ph.D., Qunhui Mao, M.D., Marianne Krogslund, Steen Sandrini, Suzan Lenz, M.D., and Jergen Grinsted, M.D., Ph.D
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