IVF Acupuncture

IVF and Acupuncture

Western science meets eastern wisdom

Review of acupuncture’s effect on IVF treatment in the British Medical Journal found that acupuncture could increase a woman’s chance of pregnancy by 65%, and 91% more likely to have a live birth. We have helped hundreds of couples conceived,included the first patient in Australia and the second in the world who suffered from breast cancer and had frozen ovarian tissue transplanted,one natural IVF cycle and got pregnant. (Reported The Age and Channel 7;The Medical Journal of Australia)

For more details, please visit our IVF assist Blog and Cases study blog.

Why should I choose your clinic?

  1. We love and enjoy what we do. Our passion for Chinese medicine comes from a family tradition and having been helping thousands of patients successfully.
  2. Extensive knowledge and experinces on practicing integrated medicine: Dr. Gu worked as a medical doctor integrating Chinese Medicine and conventional medicine in a prestigious hospital in China before he came to Australia. Although DR Gu practices Chinese Medicine, he actually majors in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine. Therefore he possesses the best of both worlds thus has a comprehensive understanding of your health issues which enables him to come up with the best and most suitable approach towards solving your concerns.
  3. We specialise in women’s health:We have helped hundreds of couples conceived and hundreds of healthy babies have been born.
  4. High success rates. Dr. Gu not only practises acupuncture, but also have profound knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine, which play very important role in the treatment for infertility and gynaecology conditions. In China, most of the gynaecological conditions are treated primarily by Chinese herbal Medicine. Dr. Gu normally combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine to treat fertility and women’s health conditons. Chinese herbal medicine can effectively treat some conditions which may not response well to acupuncture.
  5. Highly Experienced—Over 20 years of professional experience and thousands of patients each year.
  6. Practise in line with evidence based research Dr Gu is a lecturer and researcher on acupuncture . In our clinic,we strive to improve & extend our clinical reasoning and skill,maintain our approaches in line with current evidence based research and keep our patients’ goals at the centre of our treatment philosophy.

Dr. Peter Gu helps couples undergoing IVF in a number of ways:

  • Integrate acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, diet and life style advice
  • Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
  • Balance hormones;(eg FSH LH oestrogen)
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Help with emotions;(eg Anxiety Stress )
  • Prevent the uterus from contracting
  • Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF
  • Promote successful implantation
  • Supporting sustain pregnancy
  • Improve quality of sperms

Treatments

Chinese Medical Preparation before IVF

Approximately three months ( depending on age, underling gynaecological conditions etc) prior to the IVF procedure, it is recommended that the patient received acupunture and herbal treatments to regulate the body’s function and make IVF more successful. Sometimes after just these three months, the patient regains a normal menstrual cycle and is able to become pregnant naturally.
During the three months preparation time, the main objectives of Chinese medical therapy are to : improve the function of the ovaries; regulate hormones; improve overall health; improve semen quality and quantity
However, if you have missed this window do not worry. Dr. Gu will assess you and recommend treatment plan for you.

Acupuncture during the medication phase of IVF

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal can help the ovaries respond better to the stimulating drugs by producing more follicles and good quality eggs; thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for the transfer of embryos; also reduce the side effects of the drugs.

Acupuncture after egg collection

After egg collection, acupuncture can reduce any local tissue trauma or bleeding, and help prepare a better environment for the arrival of an embryo.

Acupuncture on the day of embryo (or frozen embryo) transfer

The aim is to relax the uterus, increase blood flow to the uterus. Before and after embryo transfer two treatments within 24 hours.

If you get pregnant

Acupuncture and herbs can be used to maintain implantation of the embryo, and nourish embryo growth; relaxing the uterus to prevent uterine contractions that could cause bleeding and miscarriage; reduce risk factors of miscarriage: clotting factors, immune response, etc
We recommend continuing acupuncture treatment usually involves weekly acupuncture up till 12 weeks of pregnancy then monthly after that to maintain and promote a healthier pregnancy.

Acupuncture for male fertility

Acupuncture can increase in sperm motility and decrease in abnormal forms.
For some men whose semen have no sperm and may require testicular biopsy as part of the IVF procedures, acupuncture can help production of sperm.

In our clinic, we have higher pregnancy rate and live birth rate( that’s we think most important) when combine with Chinese herbal medicine.

In our clinic it is not uncommon for couples to conceive naturally before IVF while having acupuncture and Chinese Herbs to prepare for IVF or IUI, or even after multiple failed IVF cycles.

Chinese Medicine view of infertility:

From the view of Chinese Medicine, Dr. Gu believes there are two main patterns of disharmony:

  1. Deficiency Of Reproductive Energy( Essence ) Signs and Symptoms:Eg, anovulation, poor quality eggs, irregular period, implantation problems, miscarriage, low libido, scanty period or heavy bleeding, luteal phase defect, abnomal hormones, PCOS, low sperm count, poor sperm quality, etc
  2. Stagnation/ Congestion Of Reproductive Energy Signs andSymptoms: Eg, Period pain, endometriosis, blockage of tubes, blood clots in period, PMS,PCOS,uterus fibroids, impotence,etc.

Chinese Medicine have been used to treat fertility problems for more than two thousands years. In this medical system, it has acupuncture and herbal formulas proven safe and effective in human body in clinical practise and it has been using for hundreds or even thousands of years. Dr. Peter Gu tailors these formulas to individual needs.