In Singapore, more couples are resorting to IVF to conceive. According to preliminary figures from the Ministry of Health (MOH), 6059 assisted reproduction cycles were carried out last year, 549 more than in 2013 and 1099 more than the year before. Amongst these couples, success rate of IVF treatment ranged from 16% to 28% across all private and public institutions in Singapore.
Many couples and doctors are looking into ways to increase the chances of a live birth. One popular approach that is popular across the States and Europe is to integrate Traditional Chinese medicine throughout the IVF process. Acupuncture is commonly administered in conjunction with embryo transfer due to its significant effectiveness in improving pregnancy rates and helping the women stay relax throughout the procedure.
According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2006, acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI, compared with no acupuncture. It is recommended that acupuncture is done 20 minutes prior and after the embryo transfer or at best, on the day itself. This is base of the German Protocol whereby a series of two acupuncture treatments are performed on the day of IVF transfer. The treatments are scheduled before and after the embryo transfer on the same day. This study was performed in Germany, 2006 and has been published and replicated multiple times over the years. In the study of 160 participants, one group received IVF transfer only while the second group received IVF transfer with two acupuncture treatments (before and after transfer). The pregnancy results showed 42% in the acupuncture group compared to 26% in the control group. Acupuncture points are selected to help move blood towards the uterus while relaxing the body and mind for the implantation to take place as instinctively as possible.
Optimizing the chances of pregnancy are our top priority, we recommend our patients to step in for an acupuncture session before and after an embryo transfer. We believe that your comfort is most important, and suggest that you contact us to discuss the best possible arrangement for you.