Acupuncture and Egg Donation
Why Consider Egg Donation?
Our London acupuncture clinics support women having egg donation with acupuncture. Egg donation can benefit women who have:
Premature Ovarian Failure or Premature Menopause
Occult Ovarian Failure
Advanced Maternal Age
Failed IVF Cycles
Maternal Genetic or Chromosomal Abnormalities
How Acupuncture and Egg Donation Works?
Egg donation is a modification of the process of IVF. There are several steps involved:Recruitment of an egg donor
Screening / testing of the egg donor
Synchronization of the egg donor and recipient
Stimulation of the egg donor with fertility medication and preparation of the recipient uterus
Retrieval of the egg donor's eggs
Fertilization and culture of the egg donor's eggs
Transfer of the embryos into the recipient's uterus
Our Acupuncture and Egg Donation Programme
Acupuncture Before Egg Donation
Fertility acupuncture, reflexology and nutrition for at least 3-4 months prior to egg donation is recommended to prepare the body for treatment and to ensure that both partners are in their optimum state of health emotionally and physically.
During this time, it is possible to have an impact on the health of the uterus and improve the quality of the sperm.
Even a six week fertility acupuncture programme prior to egg donation is beneficial to help promote healthy blood flow to the uterus and prepare a calm environment for the arrival of your embryo(s).
Acupuncture Before Egg Collection
We recommend a single fertility acupuncture treatment for the male prior to donor egg collection to relieve anxiety.
Where there is male factor infertility
, a fertility acupuncture programme is recommended for the male to optimise sperm quality, motility and count.
Acupuncture and Donor Embryo Transfer
We recommend a fertility acupuncture before donor embryo transfer and acupuncture after donor embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rates. Ideally, this is recommended on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment. Acupuncture and embryo transfer research
trials shows that fertility acupuncture before embryo transfer and acupuncture after embryo transfer may improve pregnancy rates by up to 65%.
Acupuncture during this time is highly recommended by many fertility clinics worldwide and some clinics incorporate acupuncture as part of their IVF treatments.
Acupuncture and Implantation
We recommend two fertility acupuncture treatments during the two week wait period before you take a pregnancy test.
The first treatment is to support implantation. Implantation time can vary depending on when the embryos were transferred.
It is usually about 2-3 days after a day 3 embryo transfer, and the day of or the day after a day 5 embryo transfer.
Acupuncture Before Your Pregnancy Test
The second treatment during the two week wait is to support you emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
If you have a positive pregnancy test...
We recommend weekly acupuncture treatment during the first trimester, up to week 12/13.
The treatments are gentle and supportive and help promote a healthy pregnancy. We offer a acupuncture during pregnancy programme to support all stages of pregnancy.
Read more about Pregnancy Acupuncture
and Pregnancy Reflexology
The London Acupuncture Space has undergone specialist acupuncture training in Fertility Acupuncture and Obstetrics Acupuncture with Zita West and at the Royal College of Physicians in London.