Extensive Research on Acupuncture and IVF

Evidence links acupuncture with improved positive outcomes for those undergoing IVF and any assisted reproductive technologies.

In fact, providers such as Fertility Associates and Repromed actively recommend acupuncture for couples going through the process.

Australasia's leading provider is The Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic. They've compiled much of the research done in this area with the following conclusions:

The use of acupuncture used both pre- and post-embryo transfer has now been extensively researched, with largely positive results. See research.

Acupuncture has been shown to decrease anxiety around the IVF process and increase feelings of wellbeing and ability to cope with stress. See research.

Acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. See research.

How Preconception Care Developed

The concept of preconception care came about in 1978 in the UK.

The Foresight Centre pioneered a diet and lifestyle programme for couples dealing with infertility and the parents of children born with health problems.

This programme saw a marked rise in conception rates and fewer health problems in babies who were born to parents on the programme.

Since then, the programme has taken off around the world.

The Jocelyn Centre for Natural Fertility Management brought these principles to Australasia. They focus on nutrition, detoxification and stress management as a pathway to happier, healthier babies.

Thanks to further research we now know certain vitamins and minerals are needed at key stages during the conception process.

We all know the importance of folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defects, but your personal vitamin and mineral deficiencies can affect the health of your children at a later date.

Preconception care is also about minimising “Voluntary Social Poisons” (alcohol, cigarettes and coffee) to allow your body to be in optimal health for conception.

For more information the following books are excellent and very thorough points of reference:

“Beautiful babies, Fabulous Families, Wonderful World” by Belinda Barnes

“The Natural Way to Better Babies” by Francesca Naish and Janette Roberts