Acupuncture and IVF/ICSI
Lianne is co-author of the leading research appraisal briefing paper on the evidence base on acupuncture for IVF/ICSI: A review of systematic reviews and metaanalyse.
Lianne has also developed guidance on how to design a high-quality randomised controlled trial of Acupuncture for IVF.
Lianne is co-authour of the international bestselling textbook Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction.
See Lianne Aquilina’s excerpt below:
Subfertility is broadly defined as either an inability to conceive after one or one-two years of frequent unprotected sexual intercourse. Frequent unprotected sexual intercourse should occur at regular intervals at one to three days in the woman’s fertile window.
The more frequent unprotected sexual intercourse is every one-two days, the more likely it is to result in conception. There are other important considerations when considering time-to-conception delays such as aging fertility, and or stress may negatively influence time to conception.
In the UK data establishes that male factor subfertility is the most common condition leading to the use of assisted reproductive technology. The next is unexplained subfertility, i.e. non-medically identified. There are other conditions where assisted reproductive technology is utilised such as tubal factor disease, endometriosis or hormonal disorders.
Lianne Aquilina provides an advanced acupuncture service to help couples trying to conceive naturally or for couples that are undergoing assisted reproductive technology including IUI/IVF/ICSI, Frozen Transfer (FT), third-party sperm donor or egg donor cycles.
Acupuncture can help people feel less anxious and stressed about their difficulties conceiving, medical fertility treatment processes or their experience of fertility treatment obstacles.
Lianne Aquilina conducted work in the area of the psychological impact of subfertility and fertility treatment and uses acupuncture to help to reduce fertility-related anxiety, stress and depression to improve the well-being of patients.
- Affiliations: Professional Standards Authority
- British Acupuncture Council Member