Forbes Magazine recently listed the top 50 Reproductive Endocrinology clinics in the country. As my specialty is fertility acupuncture, my first acupuncture job was seeing IVF patients at RMA of Texas, and I currently see patients at the Fertility Institute of Texas, I was curious to see how many of the Industry's leaders partnered with acupuncture clinics. It turns out a lot! Of the top 50, 16 fertility clinics actually have acupuncture available on site, and 9 of them have preferred acupuncturists listed on their websites for patients to find adjunct acupuncture care. That's 50% of the nation's leading RE's who support our work as fertility acupuncturists, and who believe that acupuncture makes a difference in their patients fertility treatments.
Research shows that acupuncture in conjunction with IVF can increase the chances of live birth, in some studies by as much as 50%! Acupuncture increases circulation to the reproductive organs, which is beneficial for the ovaries during the stim phase of the IVF cycle, and for the uterine lining for an FET. It also reduces stress, and helps to alleviate the side effects of the medications. I usually see patients 6-8 weeks before retrieval and/or transfer and once per week until beta. Many of my patients come to rely on their acupuncture sessions to get them through the stress of the IVF process!
Here are the 16 RE's that offer on site acupuncture and their locations:
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