How to prepare for your IVF/FET, IUI, Natural and Medicated Cycles (Hint: They aren't the same.)
All women on their fertility journey have one goal in common...they want a healthy baby.
How your path to growing your family unfolds is totally unique.
You may have started off your journey with trying to conceive naturally, but months later you’re getting ready for an IUI cycle.
Or maybe you started with IVF and after it didn’t work, you’ve decided to leave it up to fate and only try naturally.
Or you could be trying naturally for a few cycles until it’s time to make the IVF leap if you haven’t conceived.
Many women at some point during their conception journey try a variety of methods until they reach the prize. But almost every woman is willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
One of the powerful tools I teach is using self-acupressure at home to support natural, IUI, medicated or IVF/FET/Donor cycles for pregnancy success.
When using acupressure for pregnancy success, each conception approach, whether natural, IUI or IVF, shares a few common goals.
For instance, if you’re trying to conceive naturally or with IVF, in both cases you need to grow a healthy uterine lining and establish ample blood circulation to nourish an embryo when it implants.
Other important common goals include reducing stress, improving digestion for nutritional support, and balancing hormones.
On the other hand, each method of conception also requires its own unique support strategy. The body’s needs before and after an IVF transfer are different than that around the time of a natural implantation cycle.
Acupressure can be fine-tuned to best support a woman’s needs depending on the conception method she’s using during that cycle.
Goals for preparing for your Natural, Medicated, IUI, or IVF/FET cycle:
Whether preparing for an IVF/FET, IUI or natural conception cycle, what you do during each phase of the cycle influences how your body will respond during a later phase.
If your uterus thoroughly flushed its lining during menses, you’ve created a cleaner slate to build a healthy lining and circulation thereafter. The healthier your lining is built, the better chances of a successful implantation.
On the same note, you may practice natural cycle acupressure protocols during the cycle before your IVF or FET cycle to better till the soils for pregnancy success.
All cycles share the following goals during the first phases to prepare for pregnancy:
To shed your uterine lining thoroughly to prevent residual blood from forming clots, fibroids, and polyps, etc.
To build a healthy uterine lining, establish sufficient blood circulation to the uterus and develop good quality eggs
After that, depending on the conception method, the goals differ throughout the cycle.
Once pregnancy is achieved, whether naturally or otherwise, the following goals apply:
Support digestion to provide nutrients to a growing embryo
Secure the embryo within the womb
Provide sufficient blood flow to the uterus
Now I’ll share with you the specific goals for supporting various stages of the different conception method cycles.
Preparing for IVF/FET or Donor Egg Cycle with Acupressure
After an egg retrieval, your ovaries may be overstimulated, your reproductive area inflamed while residual fluids accumulate and you may experience bloating, cramping and constipation.
In this case, I teach a combination of acupressure points to use in a specific order after a retrieval to:
Restore digestive function
Not only does this protocol soothe the area and relieve discomfort, it’s essential to prepare your body to receive an embryo for a successful transfer
Pre and Post IVF/FET/Donor Egg Transfer:
Specific acupoint combinations used before and after an embryo transfer have been proven in studies to significantly improve pregnancy success rates. In fact, these studies are responsible for the current popularity of acupuncture as an adjunct and/or primary fertility treatment.
The before and after transfer acupoint protocols prepare the uterus to receive an embryo.
The acupressure pre-transfer protocol:
Minimizes uterine contractions
Increases blood flow
Calms anxiety to avoid stress hormones and body tension from impeding the implantation process
The acupressure post-transfer protocol:
Promotes a lifting energy within the womb to secure the embryo to the uterine wall
Encourages sufficient blood flow
Increases hormonal support to the embryo
Preparing for a Natural, Medicated or IUI Cycle with Acupressure
During a natural, medicated or IUI implantation cycle, ovulation occurs and the egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube and flourishes into an embryo before making a more gentle journey into the uterus for implantation.
This process requires continuous acupressure stimulation to induce ovulation then prepare for implantation.
Natural ovulation and implantation acupressure goals are to:
Stimulate the ovaries for complete release of the egg for fertilization
Relax the fallopian tubes for easy movement of the embryo into the uterus
Increase hormonal support from the corpus luteum for embryo development
Increase blood circulation so the fertilized embryo can attach to the uterine wall and thrive
The beauty and art of using acupressure is how perfectly you can tailor the sequences to meet your unique fertility needs at any given time in your cycle and throughout your fertility journey.