Infertility and assisted Conception

Chinese medicine works well alongside Western fertilization techniques. In broad terms, IVF works by artificially controlling the hormonal environment. In this way, it increases the number of eggs developing in the ovary, ensures that ovulation takes place, and supports the early stage of conception until implantation is established. It does not address the status of tubal mucus or endometrial health, nor does it address the underlying health of the prospective mother. When Chinese medicine is used in combination with IVF treatment, optimum results are obtained if the Chinese medicine treatment is taken for 3 months prior to the start of IVF treatment. Statistics suggest that when IVF is used alone, the success rate is about 30% in women under 38 years of age. There are few statistics available for the success rate of Chinese medicine, however studies in Europe and Australia show that the success rate of IVF is increased when combined with Chinese medicine, and in our clinic, we often achieve success where IVF has failed.

Preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing IVF:

And a meta-analysis conducted in Australia suggested that better results can be obtained using Chinese herbal medicine than using IVF.


Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for IVF and Natural fertility

Maru Chinese Medicine helps couples who experience difficulty in conceiving and has helped hundreds to achieve their dream of a healthy baby.  World-wide research has shown that acupuncture improves outcomes for IVF patients, and also that Chinese herbal medicine is actually more effective than IVF in achieving pregnancy. The British Medical Journal reported that acupuncture improved conception rates by 65% and these figures translated into a 91% increase in the likelihood of giving birth to a healthy baby.

Robin Marchment is not only an experienced acupuncturist in the area of fertility and women’s health, but is also a dedicated and respected herbalist with extensive knowledge of Chinese herbs and their application in this field -  it is this which gives her the leading edge in obtaining above average results. Regardless of whether you have embarked on a course of IVF treatment of not, Robin Marchment will develop a tailored treatment for you in response to your specific needs.

Many women are now questioning recommendations to rush to IVF treatment, which is arduous and costly. It is certainly good advice to undertake a course of Chinese medicine treatment  – not only in the hope of conceiving without IVF, but also to improve reproductive health before starting on the IVF treatment in order to optimise the outcomes of the IVF.

“In an analysis published in the British Medical Journal, the doctors said IVF offered the only chance of conception for women with blocked Fallopian tubes and men with severe infertility.

But authors led by University of Adelaide Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ben Mol said the benefits of IVF were unclear in other cases, particularly where the cause of infertility was unknown.”

Robin Marchment has successfully helped couples with a range of problems to conceive and bear a healthy child. The issues encountered include: Age (she has helped numerous women in their 40s conceive), anovulatory cycles, luteal phase defect. PCOS, endometriosis, epilepsy, recurrent miscarriage and repeated IVF failure. For the prospective father, improvements are achieved in sperm count, motility, morphology and zona pellucida binding function.

Over all, Chinese medicine can: Regulate hormones, improve ovarian function (including luteal function) improve egg quality and egg size, increase endometrial thickness where it is too thin, and decrease it where it is too thick, support implantation and sustain pregnancy, relieve anxiety and improve sperm quality.

Everyone is different, and some women conceive within 2 months of commencing treatment. However, in general, a minimum of 3 months treatment is recommended.