I tried it with one of my fresh IVF cycles and I read a bunch of the research. There are several studies examining the effect of pre- and post-transfer acupuncture (specifically targeting fertility-related issues like blood flow to the uterus) on implantation. The results are a little mixed with some studies showing a benefit and some showing no difference. However no studies showed a significant harm, so it's one of those "maybe it'll help, and it probably won't hurt" type things.
My view is that if you can afford it and you enjoy it and it makes you feel good, you might as well. For me, it was actually really inconvenient to get to the acupuncturist, so I felt like it added stress, which seemed silly. I just relaxed to guided relaxation cd's at home instead.View Thread
Rose (31), DH (31). TTC 2 years. IVF 12/09, FET 2/10, IVF 4/10, IVF w/ ICSI 5/10 - all neg. New RE IVF w/ ICSI, AH and PGS 8/10 - chemical. Now: FET.
119! I'm really happy, but in a slightly more cautious way than last time. DH is just completely happy. It's pretty cute. And my progesterone is 97 - so I guess those twice-daily 1cc-each PIO shots are working!
I had 3 failed fresh cycles and 1 failed FET and my RE ordered the same tests. Since we had transferred high quality embryos and I am young, but nothing implanted, he thought the implantation panel of blood tests made sense. The thing is - there's no evidence that any of the antibody stuff actually affects implantation. However they can be risk factors for miscarriages. It's one of those "just in case" things - they figure out if there's a *potential* problem or not. My RE said that for most of the tests, the solution would be simple - like taking baby asprin during the cycle. My new RE thinks those tests are all pointless, but he has all his patients take baby asprin just in case. So anyway, that's pretty much all I know. I hope the tests are covered by your insurance. I'd suggest that if RE recommends anything expensive as a result, you really question him closely, and perhaps even seek a second opinion. This seems like one of those areas where treatments are a bit speculative.
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