Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Infertility and IVF Support
Many couples see Pamela D'Alberto with recognised conditions that can cause infertility, for example:
- Blocked Fallopian tubes
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Allergic reaction to sperm
- Premature ovarian failure, or
- Unknown causes
Whether you want to conceive naturally or use IVF then acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can significantly increase your fertility.
3-4 Month Preconception Care
Preparation for pregnancy can begin months prior to conception. If both partners adopt a preconception healthcare programme including fertility acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for at least 3-4 months prior to conception, it is possible to have an impact on the health of both the egg and sperm and reproductive outcomes. A six week fertility acupuncture programme prior to commencing IVF is beneficial. During this period, Pamela D'Alberto may prescribe Chinese herbal remedies, which are approved by the UK Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.
During IVF or Fertility Treatment
Pamela D'Alberto recommends weekly acupuncture treatments for the woman from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer. If natural conception is the target then acupuncture is given weekly along with Chinese herbal medicine where appropriate.
Where there is also male factor infertility, a fertility acupuncture programme including Chinese herbal medicine is recommended for the male to optimise sperm quality, motility and count.
Pamela D'Alberto recommends acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rates. Ideally, this is performed on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment as possible. Research has shown that these 2 treatments alone can significantly increase your chances of IVF success.
After Embryo Transfer
Pamela D'Alberto recommends another acupuncture treatment 3-4 days after embryo transfer and another a week later before you take a pregnancy test. These treatments aim to encourage implantation of the embryo within the uterus.
Once you are pregnant
Pamela D'Alberto recommends weekly acupuncture treatment during the first trimester, up to week 12/13. These treatments are gentle and supportive and help promote a healthy pregnancy.
Pamela D'Alberto offers acupuncture during pregnancy to treat any pregnancy related problems such as morning sickness, carpal tunnel, varicose veins, and breech presentation. All pregnant women are encouraged to have routine acupuncture treatments from week 36 onwards to prepare for labour. Contact Pamela D'Alberto to learn more.