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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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Acupuncture & IVF Part 3: Increase Odds of a Live Birth

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In Acupuncture & IVF Part 2: Improve Pregnancy Rates, we discussed research on how acupuncture can improve the pregnancy rate in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).   In the study referenced, patients in the test group received an acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer. While this resulted in higher pregnancy rates than the control group, who received no treatment, other studies have investigated the effects of not only acupuncture but also Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM). Acupuncture is one facet of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

A study from May of this year divided 1,069 IVF patients into three groups:

  1. The WS-TCM group received acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary or lifestyle recommendations before embryo transfer. They also received acupuncture treatments before and after the embryo transfer.
  2. The acupuncture group received one treatment before and after embryo transfer.
  3. The control group received no additional treatment.

The results found that there was a significantly higher rate of live births in the WS-TCM compared to the acupuncture and control groups. The number of biochemical pregnancies was lower in the WS-TCM group than the acupuncture and control groups. There was no significant difference in the number of miscarriages between the groups.

While research has shown that acupuncture treatments before and after embryo transfer improves rates of success, this study demonstrates that it may be even more effective to receive Traditional Chinese Medicine specific to your individual needs.

Instead of only receiving treatments directly before and after, acupuncturists often recommend receiving treatments up to 3–6 months prior to IVF transfer. To begin a treatment plan, meet with one of our acupuncturists. At OMBE, we have two on staff who specialize in areas of fertility. Meet with one of them to discuss a treatment plan! Call or book online to schedule an appointment or free, 30-minute consult.

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