Healing Philly Blog
– Articles on Infertility –
Increasing Success Rates for our Patients Through Cutting Edge Research
One year after I began practicing acupuncture, a patient wanted help trying to conceive. She
was about to go through IVF and brought me a recent study showing acupuncture treatments
both before and after embryo transfer significantly increased the success rates of live birth – in
other words, taking home a healthy baby, not just achieving pregnancy.
Last month, I had the honor of having so many of my friends, family and colleagues gather in one place to celebrate the launch of a project I'm incredibly passionate about - my new podcast, Waiting For Babies. Listening to intensely emotional stories of infertility and loss over drinks may not be everyone's idea of a party, but for me, it was an amazing experience to share the reason behind why I do what I do with people I care about.
When I first started practicing acupuncture 15 years ago, I didn’t set out with an intention to work with couples or individuals struggling to bring a child into their lives. But in my first month on the job, a new patient brought me a study done in Germany detailing how using acupuncture before and after the embryo transfer of an IVF procedure raised its success rates. She asked me to come to her fertility clinic and replicate what was in the study.
Infertility is a common problem for both men and women. The latest statistics show that one in eight couples in America and one in six in Canada will experience some sort of difficulties conceiving. Currently, we think that one-third of these cases are due to a problem with the man. There are a number of risk factors that are linked to male infertility.
One of the many reasons my patients come for acupuncture during their fertility treatments is to reduce the stress that accompanies infertility treatments. Patients often tell me it’s the one time in their week they get to vent their frustrations, bounce ideas of what to do next off of me, and then lay quietly in a dark room uninterrupted with soothing music for twenty minutes. One recently said it’s like getting therapy and a massage all at once.