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FET/Frozen Embryo Transfer

Acupuncture for frozen embryo transfer
You'll start preparation for frozen embryo treatment before the cycle where the patient plans to transfer. If the patient has poor uterine blood flow via a doppler test (test available at CCRM,) then you can request to. modify the plan. In the case of uterine blood flow impedient, treatment is bi-weekly for five weeks before transfer. If you suspect you may have poor uterine blood flow, but have not got access to the test, there are other protocols available, as published by CCRM.
FET/Frozen Embryo Transfer
Treatment is 4 to 6 sessions in the course of a month, ideally beginning 3 to 4 cycles before frozen transfer. On transfer day, treatment is before and after transfer.

  • -Patients who had frozen embryos from a previous IVF cycle.
    -Patients who have had issues at a previous transfer such as thin uterine lining.
    -Pre-genetically tested frozen embryo transfer.
    -Donor embryo.

    Patients who are requesting supportive care towards having a frozen transfer are encouraged to start preparatory treatment three cycles prior to transfer, ideally.

    At very absolute minimum, the treatment cycle for FET may commence the cycle BEFORE the planned transfer. The month before transfer is the ideal time to recheck many of the basic vitamin levels which correspond to healthy pregnancy, in addition to other hormonal aspects that exert a profound impact on the probability of successful implantation.

    The quality and integrity of the uterine lining is also a critical factor of successful implantation. In scientific studies like those below, treatment is started three cycles before transfer. In my clinical experience, I rarely see patients begin treatment with a three cycle lead time; one to two cycles pre-transfer are typically sufficient.

  • Electrostimulation on acupuncture points leading to the IVF transfer improves the quality and receptivity of the uterine lining.

    A study published in the latest issue of peer-reviewed British Medical Journal (Acupuncture in Medicine) found the rates of embryo implantation, clinical pregnancy, and live birth rates were higher in patients who received acupuncture leading to the transfer.

    They also found significant measurable changes in the endometrium (uterine lining):

    • Acupuncture improved the chances of triple-line pattern endometrial lining. It has been shown in studies that triple-line pattern is associated with good IVF outcome.
    • Endometrial perfusion (blood supply to the uterine lining) is an important factor in the process of implantation. The study found greater endometrial and subendometrial vascularisation following a series of acupuncture treatments leading to embryo transfer.
    • Acupuncture improved HOXA10 expression. Higher HOXA10 is associated with greater endometrial receptivity and good pregnancy outcomes. HOXA10 expression is lower in the uteri of women with hydrosalpinx, PCOS, and endometriosis.