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Understanding Mosaic Embryo Transfer and How Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Can Help

In the realm of in vitro fertilization (IVF), the term “mosaic embryo” refers to an embryo that contains a mix of normal and abnormal cells. This can complicate the journey to parenthood for many hopeful couples. Understanding the implications of a mosaic embryo and how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can play a role in improving outcomes is essential for anyone considering this path.

What is a Mosaic Embryo?

During the development of an embryo, cells divide and multiply. A mosaic embryo is one in which some of these cells have the correct number of chromosomes, while others do not. This mix of normal and abnormal cells can lead to uncertainties in terms of the embryo’s viability and the potential for a successful pregnancy.

Risks Associated with Mosaic Embryo Transfers

When considering mosaic embryo transfers (METs), it’s important to understand the associated risks:

  1. Lower Clinical Pregnancy Rate: Studies show that METs result in a significantly lower clinical pregnancy rate, around 40.1%, compared to 59.0% for normal embryos.

  2. Lower Ongoing/Live Birth Rate: The ongoing/live birth rate for METs is also lower, at 27.1%, compared to 47.0% for normal embryos.

  3. Higher Miscarriage Rate: METs have a higher miscarriage rate of 33.3%, in contrast to 20.5% for normal embryos.

These statistics highlight the challenges and uncertainties faced by couples opting for METs. However, there is hope and potential support through alternative therapies, such as TCM.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Can Help

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a holistic approach that can complement conventional medical treatments like IVF. Here are some ways TCM can support those undergoing mosaic embryo transfers:

  1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture can enhance blood flow to the uterus, creating a more conducive environment for embryo implantation. It can also help regulate hormone levels, reduce stress, and improve overall reproductive health.

  2. Herbal Medicine: TCM herbal remedies are tailored to individual needs and can help balance the body’s internal environment. Specific herbs can support uterine health, boost immune function, and improve the body’s ability to sustain a pregnancy.

  3. Diet and Lifestyle: TCM emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Nutritional guidance and lifestyle adjustments can improve overall health and increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

  4. Emotional Well-being: TCM practitioners focus on the mind-body connection, offering techniques to manage stress and emotional well-being. This holistic approach can enhance the body’s natural healing processes and support reproductive health.

A Success Story

Consider the case of a 41-year-old patient who came to our centre during the midst of her IVF journey with a mosaic embryo. After undergoing a series of acupuncture sessions and herbal treatments, the patient experienced improved blood flow to her uterus and better hormonal balance.

Remarkably, her mosaic embryo developed into a healthy baby boy, who was successfully delivered.

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Dahlya Qasryna
International Medical University (IMU)

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