Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles along specific locations on the surface of the skin – acupuncture points – that have the ability to promote physiological effects in the body.

Do you accept health insurance?
If you have out of network coverage for acupuncture, you may be eligible for reimbursement. We are happy to provide a superbill that you may submit directly to your insurance provider.

What does “L.Ac.” mean?
L.Ac. refers to a Licensed Acupuncturist. In the state of California, acupuncturists are licensed and regulated by the Acupuncture Board. To become a L.Ac. in California, one must qualify for and then pass the written California Acupuncture Licensing Examination administered by the Board.

What is “ABORM”?
ABORM refers to the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. ABORM certified practitioners are required to complete extensive training in the fields of Western and Eastern reproductive medicine and pass a rigorous exam demonstrating such knowledge. They are well qualified to offer patients the highest level of fertility care.

How much experience do practitioners in the Integrative Fertility network have?
All the acupuncturists in our network are certified as fertility specialists by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) or have comparable clinical experience as fertility specialists.

How many acupuncture treatments are recommended before embryo transfer?
While the number of sessions will vary based on your individual needs, we generally recommend that you prepare as far in advance as possible to optimize your upcoming transfer. In particular, research supports at least 8 acupuncture sessions prior to transfer day to enhance results.

How many acupuncture treatments are recommended after embryo transfer?
After embryo transfer and through the end of the 1st trimester, we recommend weekly acupuncture sessions to support a healthy pregnancy and reduce the risk of miscarriage.

What can I expect during my on-site acupuncture treatment?
For the on-site acupuncture service, one of our fertility acupuncturists will meet you at the fertility clinic on the day of your embryo transfer. We follow a research-based protocol where acupuncture is performed before and after embryo transfer. This protocol involves a 30-minute acupuncture treatment before embryo transfer and then another 30-minute acupuncture treatment after the transfer. 

I purchased an individual acupuncture session – how do I book an appointment?
You may select a practitioner of your choice through our network. You can schedule an appointment with the practitioner directly and let them know you purchased a session through Integrative Fertility. If you need any assistance with setting up an appointment, please reach out to us!

I purchased a multiple session acupuncture package – how do I keep track of my appointments?
We offer a 6-session + on-site acupuncture package as well as an 8-session acupuncture package. In each case, after your purchase, we will send you a punch card in the mail stocked with the number of visits you have pre-purchased. At each visit, present this card to the practitioner so they can keep track of your sessions.

Is there research to support the effectiveness of acupuncture alongside assisted reproductive technologies?
Yes! We would be happy to send you some supportive studies.