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Fertility, infertility, subfertility and secondary infertility & IVF
Acupuncture and mindbody medicine have been shown to significantly improve the success rates of IVF. At monkmedicalgroup we run a programme that draws on the expert knowledge of both Dr and Mrs Monk, and combines both their treatment approaches in a single programme which is personalised for your needs.
We can, of course, offer both mindbody medicine and acupuncture separately if you prefer.
Even a single treatment with acupuncture has been shown to make a difference to success rates, if done at the right time, but 'more is better' and we would prefer not to rely on a single session. Probably the best results come from a course of treatment commencing a few weeks before IVF.
If you have tried IVF and not been successful, or do not want to go down that path, then mindbody medicine and acupuncture may well provide the answer. There are several studies showing that acupuncture/electroacupuncture will improve your chance of having a baby. (Download the full brochure on fertility).
Couples who already have one child, and are struggling to conceive another (secondary infertility), usually do not qualify for IVF, and there is little help from other sources. Acupuncture with or without mindbody medicine may give them the boost they need.
In 30% of couples the difficulties in conceiving lie with the man who may have a low sperm count or show other disturbances. Male fertility problems may be helped as well. There are now several studies which show that acupuncture can boost sperm numbers and improve their motility.
Michael Monk has undertaken study with Professor Elisabet Stener-Victorin. She is one of the leading researchers in the world into the effects of acupuncture on fertility and hormonal regulation. She worked with the team at Falun, Sweden, who have some of the best success rates in the world for IVF. Michael uses influences from her evidence based Western Medical Acupuncture approach in his treatments.
Sarah Monk went to Boston, Massachusetts, to train with Dr Alice Domar, a world renowned expert in the field of mindbody medicine and infertility and Womens' Health. Sarah is one of only a handful of people trained personally by Alice Domar and certified to deliver this approach in the UK.
Both Michael and Sarah completed the Postgraduate Award in Assisted Reproduction Technology at Warwick University, the first couple from the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to do so.
Magarelli P, Cridennda D. Acupuncture and IVF poor responders; a cure? Fertil Steril 2004;81S3;S20
Stener-Victorin E, Humaidan P. Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer. Acupunct Med 2006;24(4); 157-63
"The latest figures (2009) show that 25.2% of IVF treatments using a woman's own fresh eggs resulted in a live birth, down 0.6% on the previous year" HFEA. www.hfea.gov.uk/ accessed 4 August 2012
Siterman S et al,. Effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters of males suffering from subfertiity related to low sperm quality. Arch Androl 1997 39(2);155-61