Preparation phase: 0-12 treatments
The biggest cause of IVF failure is poor genetic quality of eggs. The latest research shows that egg quality is strongly affected by follicular and ovarian environments. If the environment is good, eggs are genetically healthier.
Follicles that contain eggs take over a year to develop from their dormant stage. During the last 5 months of their development ovarian follicles grow tiny blood vessels and from this point on nutrients and hormones in the blood supply can affect follicular development. Treatment during this phase aims to improve blood vessels micro-development, balance reproductive hormones and ensure optimal nutrition in order to positively influence the ovarian and follicular environments.
Younger women who have good ovarian reserve don’t need as much treatment as their eggs are usually genetically stronger. In fact, in some cases no pre-treatment is required. For example, if a couple is having IVF because of male-factor infertility and the female partner is young, healthy and has good ovarian reserve.
Women who have poor ovarian reserve or suffer from certain conditions known to affect egg quality need more treatment during this phase.
Your acupuncturist will be able to advise you when you should begin your acupuncture treatment and approximately how many sessions you are likely to need.