Frozen Embryo Transfer may be an option to those couples that have been able to produce a good harvest during previous IVF (or related) cycles. The treatment consists of the thawing of the embryo, the embryos used for this procedure are of top quality and usually in this country at Blastocyst stage. Then at the appropriate time in the women’s cycle the embryo or embryos will be placed in the uterine cavity. Depending on the women’s cycle and case history, medications may be prescribed to help with this process.
Acupuncture works alongside this process. We do not have to stimulate the follicles during a FET cycle as we already have frozen embyos so we concentrate acupuncture treatment on helping the blood supply to the uterus. The rest of the acupuncture treatment follows the same protocol as a normal assisted conception cycle.
IVF / ICSI | Acupuncture | Assisted Conception
IUI is very often the first type of treatment tried in assisted conception. IUI may be considered in cases such as unexplained infertility or as part of a donor treatment for same sex couples. IUI may also be used in cases of mild endometriosis or in cases of mild sperm issues.
IUI involves insemination of sperm via a very thin catheter, into the women’s womb. This is done usually without anaesthetic and mild cramping may be experienced during the procedure.
Acupuncture treatment may help during the follicle development phase, sometimes in conjunction with the drug clomid. Then Acupuncture may be given at ovulation and sometimes a pre and post IUI treatment may be given. This may help the women’s uterus keep nice and calm and promote good blood supply to the uterine lining. Then about 7 days after the procedure we can do an acupuncture treatment that may help with implantation of the fertilised embryo.
“After I suffered a second, late, miscarriage I sought out other therapies in addition to the NHS tests that I was undergoing to help my husband and I to conceive again quickly and to support me in carrying a baby to term. When I met Jacqui I felt that she had so much empathy with my situation, was so knowledgeable about the subject and so practical in the support that she could give me. I started regular acupuncture sessions alongside other treatment for two blood-clotting disorders that had been identified by the NHS tests.
Almost immediately I began to have a great feeling of well-being and my regular chats with Jacqui re-inforced this to keep me in a positive frame of mind. I conceived fairly quickly and Jacqui was the first person I told about the good news, after my husband!
My sessions with Jacqui then focussed on helping support my growing baby and also on allaying the great worry I was feeling that things might go wrong again. I found that during the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy, and until I had got past the point at which I miscarried my second pregnancy, Jacqui was an absolute rock. It was wonderful to have someone with whom I could talk openly and honestly about my fears, as well as my hopes. Jacqui really supported me every step of the way.
As the weeks went by, and I grew more heavily pregnant, my fears were slowly replaced by the dawning realisation that I was actually going to have a baby this time! On 28th August my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter who has already brought so much joy and happiness to our lives. I am so thankful to Jacqui for helping me through the highs and lows of conception and early pregnancy; I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her services to anyone who might find themselves, sadly, in a similar situation to the one I was in.
(It was a long road!) – once again, heartfelt thanks.
Acupuncture | Pregnancy