by Christine Fung
In 2002 Wolfgang Paulus (et al) published a research which supports the use of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. In a well known study, acupuncture done before and after embryo transfer resulted in higher rates of pregnancy (42.5% in the acupuncture group versus 26.3 in the control group). Beyond the increase in pregnancy rates, some additional benefits include reducing any symptoms from the hormones like headaches, irritability, hot flashes, etc and helping you relax. Transfer day is a big day often filled with a mix of emotions that can range from excitement and optimism to anxiety and even fear. Acupuncture on transfer day can be such a wonderful way to relax and emotionally prepare for your transfer.
Due to the nature of embryo transfers it can be difficult to schedule appointments in advance but there is room for flexibility. Research suggests that for Day 2 and Day 3 transfers, acupuncture can be up to 24 hrs pre embryo transfer and within 48 hrs post embryo transfer.
Day 5 transfer (blastocyst), acupuncture can also be up to 24 hrs pre embryo transfer but post embryo transfer acupuncture should be the same day, as a blastocyst will begin to implant soon after it is transferred.
About the author
Christine Fung is a registered acupuncturist and registered traditional chinese medicine practitioner who's focus in Women's health and fertility. Her practice, Acupuncture Shiatsu Clinic in Mississauga, provides holistic services to treat chronic pain, infertility, depression and other chronic diseases