Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture and IVF
The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of “vital energy,” “energetic balance” and “energetic imbalance.” Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within its pathways, known as “meridians and channels.”
Through a unique collaboration between the Reproductive Science Center of NJ and Community Acupuncture we will offer you the most comprehensive IVF and acupuncture combined treatment available.
What can I expect from my acupuncture treatments?
Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. The sensations that follow range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. The needles used for acupuncture are much smaller than the standard hypodermic needle, do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow. After treatment most patients would say, “relaxing.” Usually patients leave in less discomfort and are more functional than when they walked in.
How does acupuncture help fertility?
People have been using acupuncture for fertility therapy for centuries.
Acupuncture has been shown to:
- Improve blood flow to the uterus, which helps the lining grow strong and healthy enough to support an embryo
- Reduce and prevent cramping, a common occurrence after an IVF transfer. Cramping is very disruptive to conception, as it can prevent the embryo from implanting in the uterine wall.
- Stimulate egg production, for women who can’t, or don’t want to, use fertility medication to help them get pregnant
- Regulate and stabilize hormone levels
- Reduce the chance of miscarriage
- Reduces stress and promotes deep relaxation, which are absolutely critical if you’re trying to get pregnant, especially if you’re undergoing any kind of traditional fertility treatment such as IVF
Acupuncture works best when combined with IVF treatments, acupuncture can significantly increase your chance of conception.
When will I need to schedule your acupuncture?
The most important treatments are immediately following your egg retrieval and transfer appointments. This is why your acupuncturist is available on site during these processes.
It has also been shown that the number of eggs produced at retrieval time can be increased when you have been treated with acupuncture 1-2 weekly for at least three weeks prior to your egg retrieval.
Where do the needles get placed?
The exact location of acupuncture points will vary from patient to patient and from treatment to treatment. Some of the most well-known acupuncture points, traditionally used to influence the function of the female reproductive organs, are located on the lower back, lower abdomen, and legs. The points on the lumbar, sacrum, and low abdominal regions are particularly important in consideration of female anatomy and the related nerve segmental innervations. The points on head, neck, upper back and arms are used in order to stimulate the autonomic nervous system and further induce the relaxation response.
Steven Lassen, Certified Acupuncturist
Community Acupuncture: Providing you the ancient compliment to modern medicine
Steven has been working with physicians in treating fertility issues for the past 10 years. He has had amazing results combining his acupuncture techniques with traditional medicine. Steven is proud to be partnering with the physicians at the Reproductive Science Center of NJ. Together they will work to help achieve your goals.
What sets Steven apart from other acupuncturists is his care and dedication to each individual he treats. He realizes the emotional and stressful times people go through when getting treated for infertility. This is why an experienced professional such as Steven makes the process easier to cope with.
Steven is available to answer your questions or concerns. Feel free to give him a call in his office at 732.503.4086.
What Patients Have to Say
“I went through the IVF process beginning in March.
“I have been seeing Steve since February. My Egg retrieval was on April 13th, when 37 eggs were retrieved. I strongly believe this was in part due to the treatment I received through acupuncture. Out of the 37, 30 fertilized and 8 made it to strong embryos. I had two embryos transferred and again, in part, due to acupuncture, I am 12 weeks pregnant with one healthy baby.
“I recommend acupuncture to all of my friends, Especially Steve. He does an excellent job explaining what I need to do and I believe he helped this little miracle happen.” – Erin M.
Rachel Taillacq, RN, Certified Acupuncturist
Rachel Taillacq, RN, CA is a registered nurse at the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey where she manages the egg donor program. Although her main duties keep her busy, she offers acupuncture to her patients, as she believes the treatments are incredibly helpful in alleviating stress, enhancing overall health and improving outcomes.
Rachel has over 12 years of experience treating women’s health, infertility and pregnancy. She combines her unique and extensive training in both Eastern and Western medicine to create safe and effective treatment plans for all of her patients.