Repeated IVF Failures
Repeated IVF failures are not uncommon. Some IVF clinics consider the first IVF cycle as a try-out, where they test a woman's response to the IVF drugs on an average dose. This protocol is not commonly explained to patients, who often expect the IVF to work first time.
Undergoing an IVF cycle is emotionally, mentally, physically and financially draining. Therefore, I believe that women should be monitored closely, and drug dosages adjusted accordingly, rather than using the first cycle to test a woman's drug response.
Repeating failed IVF cycles is very draining on the body. IVF clinics will generally want a woman to wait 3 months for the body's hormones to normalise. However, some clinics are eager to try the following month. This leads many couples to keep on trying again and again without taking time out to recharge their health, which would improve the next cycle.
Acupuncture for repeated IVF failures
There is a large amount of research that shows having acupuncture treatment before and during IVF can increase the chances of it being successful.
If you have Chinese herbs 3-4 months before starting IVF along with an optimised diet and lifestyle, the chances of IVF working increase more so.
Because of acupuncture's success in IVF, it should be given to all couples having IVF/ICSI treatment.
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