Fertility & IVF Acupuncture Toronto
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back 3,000 years. It uses fine needles inserted in various points along the body. The acupuncture needles are placed on meridians relating to organs in the body to tap into energy centers, ‘Qi”. Acupuncture has been shown time and again, through research and within our clinics, to benefit multiple stages of the fertility journey. Best of all, it can be started at any stage, including:
Natural or medicated cycles
IUI or IVF treatment support
Conceive Health’s fertility acupuncture treatments are designed to increase your chances of getting pregnant, staying pregnant and improving your IUI or IVF treatment outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture for fertility support.
When do I start?
We usually recommend starting the cycle before you undergo an IUI or IVF treatment. However, there’s no bad time to start and there’s always something you can do, regardless of where you in your fertility journey.
How often do I come in?
If you are not in cycle, it’s generally once a week. If you in IUI or IVF treatment or medicated and/or monitored cycle, then we recommend receiving treatments twice per week.
How many treatments do I need?
- It is unique to each patient. In general, we recommend 3-4 sessions from day 1 of your cycle until ovulation or the procedure. Then we recommend fertility acupuncture both pre and post-transfer if doing IVF treatment (or a single time on your IUI day) and one time on implantation day (7 days post ovulation or 2-5 days post transfer).
Does it hurt?
- No, not at all.
Will my medical physician approve?
- Medical physicians agree that there is no harm caused by acupuncture. If you are working with a reproductive endocrinologist at TRIO Fertility, then they strongly support the incorporating acupuncture into your fertility treatment plan.
Will I have acupuncture on my transfer day?
At Conceive Health, we believe that it’s important to have acupuncture on transfer day, providing that you are doing it on-site (ie. at TRIO Fertility or a satellite location) and it doesn’t create extra stress. We recommend avoiding multiple visits to different locations if you are conducting your transfer at an office external to Conceive Health. All that said, if you are only going to do acupuncture one time, then it’s best to reserve it for transfer day, as it increases blood flow, minimizes contractions and improves pregnancy success rates.
Is it covered by extended health insurance?
- Yes, based on the practitioner conducting the acupuncture treatment. At Conceive Health, this may be a naturopath or a registered acupuncturist. You may have coverage for both, so it’s best to check with your individual health insurance provider. At Conceive Health, we believe that it’s important to have acupuncture on transfer day, providing that you are doing it on-site (ie. at TRIO Fertility or a satellite location) and it doesn’t create extra stress. We recommend avoiding multiple visits to different locations if you are conducting your transfer at an office external to Conceive Health. All that said, if you are only going to do acupuncture one time, then it’s best to reserve it for transfer day, as it increases blood flow, minimizes contractions and improves pregnancy success rates.
Is fertility acupuncture safe?
Yes, it is safe during your fertility treatment, early pregnancy and throughout pregnancy. It’s important to select a practitioner who is trained and experienced specifically with preconception and perinatal acupuncture.
How do I find the right acupuncturist?
If you find an acupuncturist on your own, make sure he/she has experience in working with IVF treatments, and alongside IVF centres. For example, there are points that we use and don’t use surrounding fertility and during early pregnancy. In Canada, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to perform acupuncture. The doctors at Conceive Health are pleased to offer this service to our fertility patients in the downtown Toronto area, either at our clinic or at the fertility center where your embryo transfer will take place. Contact us for more information.