Oregon Reproductive Medicine Acupuncture Services

Nov 27

Did you know that Oregon Reproductive Medicine (ORM) has an acupuncture team available 7 days a week for acupuncture on the day of IVF embryo transfer?

Let acupuncture and Chinese medicine help support you on your journey to parenthood.  The goal of the acupuncture team is to support healthy parents, so they may have healthy babies. Many women experience stress and anxiety during their fertility treatments.  Acupuncture can help relieve stress and may relieve physical symptoms you experience during your treatment cycle(s).

The team of acupuncturists works together with your ORM Physicians, nursing staff and case coordinators.  This can lead to a greater feeling of support, resilience and well-being.It’s easy to sign up for acupuncture on the day of transfer.  Simply let your cycle coordinator at ORM know in advance.

Research suggests that women who supplement their fertility journey with acupuncture may have more successful IVF cycles, more live births, and are healthier mothers with healthier babies.  In our experience, early and regular preparation with acupuncture and Chinese medicine can lead to better outcomes.

Why Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is part of the Chinese system of medicine that has evolved into an effective treatment with many modern applications. The maximum benefits from acupuncture on fertility outcomes are seen with early preparation and regular treatment that includes dietary and lifestyle advice, and if appropriate, Chinese herbs. Our acupuncture team advises starting treatment as soon as you know you will be planning an IVF cycle and continuing through your entire cycle for the best results.

Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, increase uterine lining thickness and it may improve the response to the IVF medications.  In a 2015 study of IVF patients, an average of 14 acupuncture sessions (including the two sessions on the day of embryo transfer and an additional session 5-7 days after transfer) was associated with more live births and fewer biochemical pregnancies.

After you become pregnant, the acupuncture team recommends you continue acupuncture through the first trimester in order to help maintain a healthy pregnancy and relieve the common symptoms experienced during that time.  

Meet the Acupuncture Team at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

The team of licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.’s) has an extensive background in women’s health and fertility.

If you have any questions about the services we offer, please contact one of the Oregon Reproductive team acupuncturists for a free personal 10 minute phone consultation. (Acupuncture services at ORM are not billable to insurance but sessions prior to embryo transfer may be billable in individual provider’s offices.  Please inquire during your consultation.)

oregon reproductive medicine acupuncture team

Oregon Reproductive Medicine Acupuncture Team. From Left to Right: Morgan Hogue, Lisa Tongel, Lisa Pate, Hong Jin. Liz Richards. 

MORGAN HOGUE, MAcOM, L.Ac. 208.720.8254

HONG JIN, DAOM, MD (P.R.C.), L.Ac. 971.227.8818

LISA PATE, MAcOM, L.Ac., R.D. 503.880.2785

LIZ RICHARDS, MAcOM, L.Ac. 503.287.0886

LISA TONGEL, MAc.OM, L.Ac. 503.227.4050

To learn more about Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer, click here.

To learn more about the team at Oregon Reproductive Medicine, click here.

For some IVF Tips from Liz Richards, click here.