Jenny Kwon Chinese Medicine Clinic

Acupuncture IVF Support

I draw on many elements of Chinese medicine to provide holistic, natural therapy for fertility problems including male infertility and also support clients as they undergo assisted reproductive technique (ART) such as IVF.

At JKCMC we offer a specially discounted price during injection phase and pre/post transfer treatment for women undergoing the IVF cycle to support you as much as we can at the time of your need.

In recent years there have been several studies investigating the use of acupuncture to improve the outcome of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The highest quality and most conclusive studies done are the four Randomised Controlled trials (RCT) completed between the year of 2002-2006 (Rosenthal. L, 2007).

Three of the RCTs present evidence suggesting acupuncture session before and after the embryo transfer can significantly improve the success of IVF compare to non Acupuncture group with significantly higher implantation rates (14.2% vs 5.9%), clinical pregnancy rates (33.6% vs 15.6%), biochemical pregnancy rates (35.3% vs 16.5%), and ongoing pregnancy rates (28.4% vs 13.8%).

The length of the treatment varies in each case but we recommend regular acupuncture treatment and herbal intake starting before embryo transfer (ET) to delivery, which can greatly decrease the chances of having a miscarriage.

Chinese medicine treatment for IVF can be divided into 5 phases

Phase 1: Treatment to prepare for IVF
Phase 2: Treatment during timing and hormonal down regulating
Phase 3: Treatment during ovulation induction
Phase 4: Treatment before and after embryo transfer
Phase 5: Treatment to maintain pregnancy

During these 5 phases, acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine can assist the success of IVF by: (Liang.L, 2003)

  • Improving the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
  • Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
  • Increase the blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine wall
  • Relax the patient and decrease their stress
  • Prevent the uterus from contracting
  • Lessen the side effects of drugs used by IVF
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos
  • Decrease chances of miscarriage

There is a saying in China that two hands are better then one. Similarly, when it comes to medicine we believe that two methods are better then one.