Last updated: April 30th, 2021 at 11:54 am
You may have been shocked when you first heard the average success rates of IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization). While a cycle of IVF results in a live birth about 30 to 40% of the time, this number unfortunately decreases the more stressed and the more older the mom-to-be is. However, you shouldn’t necessarily let these statistics make you feel disheartened. There are a number of safe and natural ways to reduce stress and increase IVF success rates. That’s right, do as much as you can to set up the conditions that will allow pregnancy to happen. Keep reading to learn how to naturally increase IVF success rates and make sure you’re facing the best odds possible.
Massages reduce stress, loosen the muscles and increase circulation, making it easier for blood to flow and the body to conceive. Not just any massage, but a fertility massage in particular gets the body prepared for the process of IVF by increasing circulation surrounding the reproductive system.
A fertility massage boosts blood flow to the ovaries and uterus so they will be activated and ready to do their thing.
Reproduction is hormonally driven. Hormones are like messages that tell your body what to do and when to do it. FSH, Follicle Stimulating Hormone for example, is pumped out by the Pituitary Gland in your head and must travel down to your ovaries to deliver it’s instruction message. Hormones only travel in the blood. Blood is the delivery system, so making sure it is flowing and moving around your body delivering the hormonal messages is key to setting up the conditions that allow conception to happen.
A Research Study on “Treating Female Infertility and Improving IVF Pregnancy Rates With a Manual Physical Therapy Technique” found the following conclusions:
“Conclusions: The data trend across these studies suggests that this innovative site-specific protocol of manual soft-tissue therapy facilitates fertility in women with a wide array of adhesion-related infertility and biomechanical reproductive organ dysfunction. The therapy, designed to improve function by restoring visceral, osseous, and soft-tissue mobility, is a nonsurgical, noninvasive manual technique with no risks and few, if any, adverse side effects or complications. As such, it should be considered a new adjunct to existing medical infertility treatments.”
In clinical trials, the use of IVF and Acupuncture combined has been shown to not only contribute to reducing your stress levels & improving how you feel during your IVF cycle, but the combination contributes to & increases your chances of success.
A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes of in vitro fertilization found:
“Our analysis finds a benefit of acupuncture for IVF outcomes in women with a history of unsuccessful IVF attempt, and number of acupuncture treatments is a potential influential factor.”
Clinical experience has also shown me that it can lead to amazing results. How is acupuncture helpful when it comes to increasing IVF success rates? Researchers have found that it has to do with a boost of uterine blood flow, thus making the body ripe for implantation.
Believe it or not, women with low IVF success rates often report feeling under high stress. The stress can come from the stress of undergoing IVF itself as well as stressors in your lifestyle. This is why many studies have indicated those who practice mindfulness and meditation and reconnecting with themselves have increased chances of reducing their stress.
In a research study designed to determine the effectiveness of a group stress reduction program based on mindfulness meditation for patients with anxiety disorders, the following conclusions were found:
“Conclusions: A group mindfulness meditation training program can effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety and panic and can help maintain these reductions in patients with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or panic disorder with agoraphobia.”
If you’re feeling stressed, you can use the above techniques to naturally and safely increase your chances of a successful IVF pregnancy!