Acupuncture and IVF Support

IVF now accounts for one in every 33 Australian births. With the success rate of IVF being much higher in younger women, there is a push towards embarking on the IVF journey as a first option rather than a last resort.

In many cases of ‘unexplained’ infertility, I have observed quite obvious pathologies (from a Chinese Medicine perspective) as to why couples are having problems conceiving. The beauty of treating with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is that the treatment works on the whole body so the result is not only an overall sense of wellbeing, but also improvement in the quality and quantity of embryos each cycle.

Acupuncture can be used alone to improve the success rate of IVF. I recommend that women begin the acupuncture treatments at least two months before they commence an IVF cycle if they need help with the quality of embryos.

For women who are going through a thaw cycle or have just had an egg pick up, Acupuncture can be used to help maintain a successful pregnancy through treatment before and after embryo transfer. Immediately before the transfer, Acupuncture helps prepare the uterus for implantation. After the transfer treatment is aimed at reducing uterine contractions to avoid rejection of the embryo, as well as ensuring that the body has adequate supplies of Qi (energy) and Blood to support the pregnancy.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is particularly important in helping improve egg quality when there is a deficiency of Qi or Blood, which is often the case in women over 35 or women trying for their second or third child.

If a woman is not responding very well to the IVF drugs, she will be put on a higher dose of follicle stimulating drugs or be made to stay on the drugs for an extended period of time. This only results in poorer quality embryos.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treats the woman as a whole, ensuring there is adequate energy and an abundant supply of blood so that her body is able to produce strong, healthy embryos.

If you would like further information on Acupuncture and IVF support please call Alstonville Holistic Fitness on 02 6628 0710.


One in six Australian couples of reproductive age are considered infertile. Infertility is caused by both male and female issues (40% male and 40% female, and 20% unexplained).

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with both male and female issues as well as unexplained infertility. Treatment involves establishing a diagnosis from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Infertility may be due to deficiency (eg. reduced sperm count, anovulation, recurrent miscarriage, or age related problems), stagnation (eg. fibroids, endometriosis, or irregular periods) or an excess condition (eg. pelvic inflammatory disease, poor sperm quality, or heavy periods).

Unexplained infertility will usually have no clear symptoms or pathologies that are detectable by Western Medical Practitioners. Chinese Medicine can identify subclinical pathologies and thus effectively treat conditions that may be leading to infertility.

I usually recommend a course of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for at least three months. I will often prescribe Nutritional Supplements as well as some dietary and lifestyle modifications.

If you would like further information on Acupuncture and Infertility treatment please call Alstonville Holistic Fitness on 02 6628 0710.