Acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and abdominal massage work to build a strong foundation for good follicle and sperm quality while improving pelvic blood flow for implantation and the prevention of miscarriage. Since most IVF protocols focus on retrieving multiple follicles one can see why preparation of care is so important. Acupuncture and massage are done once a week to help create a balanced hormonal foundation, help relieve tension and build strength and energy for the coming cycle.
During stimulation medications, treatments focus on creating optimal blood flow to ovaries while improving follicle quality and establishing a strong uterine lining.
Between retrieval and transfer acupuncture and abdominal massage can be performed to reduce bloating, distention and to calm inflammation. Treatments on and after transfer day improve blood flow for implantation and embryo growth. Hopefully all followed by a positive pregnancy test!