Acupuncture as a Fertility Treatment
Fertility issues can be a very exciting and stressful time in a women’s life, from conception, to birth and all the changes the body goes through. Infertility treatments are a modern day science, and with modern day technology advancing so quickly, we still need to keep our bodies strong and able. Western science alone is just not enough. We need to look deeper into the body and treat the root cause, not just the branch issue.
Most women who have reproductive issues are usually advised to look into alternatives, like Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Usually, these women have failed on one or more attempts at IVF (in vitro fertilisation), therefore something else needs to be done to help in the success of their treatment. Acupuncture allows your body to shift from infertile to fertile by helping your body to ‘move’ in the right direction. Qi and blood needs to flow properly within the body and if there is a blockage, then the body becomes less efficient. If IVF is a part of your plan, the body needs to be in optimal health; acupuncture works to restore that flow of Qi. Our treatments have a calming and restorative effect that can increase a sense of well- being.
Qi and blood needs to flow properly within the body and if there is a blockage, then the body becomes less efficient
Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, increases conception rates by 26%. A report from Tel Aviv University states, “When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.” For the millions of couples experiencing infertility each year, acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered.
Our goal from a Chinese Medicine perspective is to get you pregnant, stay pregnant, and to have a healthy baby.
We can help by nourishing the body, we can remove general muscle aches in the lower back as the baby grows, constipation, stress and anxiety, and last but not least, we offer induction treatments. Sometimes your baby wants to stay a bit longer in the comfort of your belly. We use special points on the body to get the baby moving down the birth canal. We can even help to turn your baby from breech position.
Our goal from a Chinese Medicine perspective is to get you pregnant, stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:
Impacts follicular micro-environment, oocyte health
Impacts seminiferous tubules, sperm health
Impacts uterine receptivity via immune modulation
Impacts endometriotic implants/biochemistry/immunology
Impacts embryo receptor sites
Reduces negative reproductive outcomes, placenta prevue, placental increta and abruption
Fertility $75 (female and male issues, average of 10 treatments)
Pre/Post IVF treatments $150
General Pregnancy Issues $75
Breech $80 (about 2-3 weeks prior to delivery)
Labour Induction $80
Some statistic on IVF in Canada:
How many babies are born each year in Canada using in vitro fertilisation?
In 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available, a total of 27,356 cycles was reported at Canada’s 32 IVF centres. These cycles resulted resulted in 5,971 live births. (source: Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Registry – CARTR)
How does this compare with other countries?
The rates of pregnancy and live birth in Canada’s 32 fertility clinics are on par with other national registries.
Who tracks these figures?
Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Registry (CARTR) is a registry where IVF clinics in Canada send their yearly results for compilation into a national average.
In January 2013, CARTR merged with Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario, the Ontario perinatal registry. This collaboration is enabling improvements in CARTR data collection, analysis, and reporting.
Are IVF treatments covered by provincial health plans?
In all provinces, except Quebec, IVF treatment is not covered by the provincial health plan. In August 2010, the Quebec government began funding up to three rounds of IVF treatment for couples, with the proviso that only one embryo be transferred at a time.
The aim of this is to reduce the number of multiple births, which bring higher risk than ‘singletons.’ Early results from Quebec are promising, showing a decrease in twins from 27.2% to 5.2% in the first 6 months of government funding.
How widespread is the problem of infertility?
Infertility affects 10-15% of reproductive age couples, and the incidence increases rapidly in women after the age of 40.
What changed with the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on Assisted Reproduction?
In 2007, the government of Quebec challenged Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act arguing that healthcare was a provincial matter. Among other things, the Supreme Court ruled that several key powers, including regulating fertility clinics, would now fall under provincial jurisdiction. A ban on the purchase of sperm, eggs, embryos, and surrogacy remains.
In 2012, 32 of 33 Canadian assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics participated in the Canadian ART Register (CARTR). A total of 27,356 cycles was reported to CARTR, resulting in 8,096 clinical pregnancies and at least 6,017 deliveries, 5,971 live births, 5,031 singleton live births, 3,921 healthy term singletons, 945 multiple births (including 26 triplet births), and 6,988 infants, 27% of whom were from multiple gestations. Birth outcomes were unknown for 462 ongoing pregnancies (7.1%).
In 16,062 IVF/ICSI cycles using the woman’s own oocytes, per cycle started, the clinical pregnancy rate was 31.1% (38.8% per embryo transfer), the live birth rate was 23.5%, the singleton live birth rate was 19.6%, and the healthy term singleton rate was 15.3%; the multiple birth rate per delivery was 16.5%, with a triplet birth rate of 0.45%. ICSI was performed in 70% of cycles. One embryo was transferred in 44% of cycles and one or two embryos in 88% of cycles.
In 617 IVF/ICSI cycles using donor oocytes, per cycle started, the clinical pregnancy rate was 45.1%, the live birth rate was 35.7%, the singleton live birth rate was 29.2%, and the healthy term singleton rate was 20.4%; the multiple birth rate was 18.4%, with only one triplet birth (0.46%). In 7,466 FET cycles using the woman’s own oocytes, per cycle started, the clinical pregnancy rate was 29.9%, the live birth rate was 22.1%, the singleton live birth rate was 18.8%, and the healthy term singleton rate was 14.8%; the multiple birth rate was 15.1%, with a triplet birth rate of 0.37%.
The number of ART cycles performed in Canada increased by 14% in 2012 compared with the previous year. In IVF/ICSI cycles, the multiple birth rate was reduced by 4 percentage points compared with 2011, with little change in the clinical pregnancy and live birth rates. In donor oocyte and FET cycles, the multiple birth rates were similar to those of 2011, while the clinical pregnancy and live birth rates stayed about the same in donor oocyte cycles, and increased in FET cycle.