We would like to announce that we are changing our mask policy.
We feel that, after being masked in the clinic for two years, current COVID-19 conditions, and a fully vaccinated and boosted staff, warrant a change in our policy. We are no longer requiring masks in the office. What does this mean for the clinic?
While we are lifting our previous mask policy, masks are still available to anyone who prefers to wear one; and all of our staff and providers are more than happy to mask upon request.
Clinics will remain closed during any stay at home mandated by local or federal government with exceptions made on a case by case basis. We will follow any and all local and/or federal guidelines with respect to elective medical procedures.
Each employee must wash hands when arriving for their shift and before and after any amount of patient contact.
Each employee must wear a mask during their shift.
Self assess health before arriving at the clinic and do not report to work if you:
Have a fever over 100.4 degrees.
Have any COVID symptoms.
Have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic. If you are asymptomatic:
Vaccinated employee: You may return to work after a negative test
Unvaccinated employee: required to quarantine per CDC guidelines.
Follow any updated CDC, local, or federal guidelines not covered by this document.
Minimize time patients spend in the waiting area.
All Employees and sublet tenants must be vaccinated by 1/1/2022. Exceptions only allowed on a case by case basis following CDC guidelines. Exemption requests must be submitted in writing with necessary documentation. Regular COVID 19 testing may be required.
Cleaning protocols: during the COVID-19 outbreak, strict cleaning protocols are to be followed:
All surfaces used are disinfected with a COVID approved cleaner after each patient. This includes but is not limited to:
Treatment room door knobs
Table and face cradle
Sheets are washed with Tide detergent on a hot cycle and changed in full between each patient
These and any other shared items must be disinfected with alcohol after every use and at the beginning and end or shift or before and after another staff member uses them:
Ipad (also to be cleaned after each use by a patient)
Wipe down these and other commonly touched surfaces with a COVID approved cleaner at least daily:
Front door knobs/closet door knobs
Kitchen and other staff areas
Patients will not be seen if they:
Have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
If they are vaccinated and asymptomatic, they can be seen with a negative COVID test
Have a fever over 100.4 degrees, or other COVID-19 symptoms
Refuse to abide by clinic policies
Patients are asked to arrive on time for their appointment to minimize time in the waiting room.
Patients are asked to come alone to their visit unless they are accompanying a minor or on case by case expectations for other circumstances.
Patients and guardians are required to wear a cloth mask during their visit.
Patients and guardians are asked to wash hands with soap and water immediately upon arriving for their appointment.
We often get questions regarding acupuncture done before and after embryo transfer and wanted to explore how these treatments can be used to support an IVF cycle, why we highly recommend them, and how to add these to your upcoming cycle.
What the research says:
Research supports the use of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. In a well known study, acupuncture done before and after embryo transfer resulted in higher rates of pregnancy (42.5% in the acupuncture group versus 26.3 in the control group). This study gave us the well known “Paulus Protocol” that we base many of our pre/post transfer treatments on. Although, we typically add or subtract points depending on each patients’ diagnosis and symptoms.
In research published by our acupuncturist, Sarah Prater, similar results were seen. Patients receiving acupuncture had pregnancy rates for 57.1% versus 45.8% for those not receiving acupuncture. Additionally, this study followed patients a bit longer and discovered that the clinical pregnancy rate (gestational sac seen on ultrasound) was much higher in the acupuncture group: 55.1% versus 34.4% for those not receiving acupuncture. Even better, the overall miscarrage rate for patients who received acupuncture was only 3.4% compared to 22.7% in the non-acupuncture group. It is easy to see how these two simple treatments can have a big effect on live birth rates after IVF.
Embryo transfer acupuncture at our clinic
Pre and post embryo transfer treatments are done as a part of our comprehensive IVF treatment protocol. Beyond the increase in pregnancy rates, some additional benefits include reducing any symptoms from the hormones like headaches, irritability, hot flashes, etc and helping you relax. Transfer day is a big day often filled with a mix of emotions that can range from excitement and optimism to anxiety and even fear. Acupuncture on transfer day can be such a wonderful way to relax and emotionally prepare for your transfer. The treatments are painless and many times patients fall asleep or deeply relax during acupuncture.
Our patients know that we work very hard to time treatments throughout your cycle to help make sure you are getting the best benefit from each and every treatment and pre and post transfer treatments are no exception. We are willing to come in early, stay late, and even come in on weekends to help accommodate your transfer day schedule. We understand that you often don’t get your transfer time until the days leading up to the transfer and have a system in place to handle all the scheduling for your big day.
Serving patients throughout the country
In addition to seeing our own patients before and after embryo transfer, we are proud to serve patients traveling from other cities and states for their cycles. We work with many out-of-town patients doing embryo adoption cycles at the National Embryo Donation Center here in Knoxville or with any of the other local clinics. You don’t need to have previously had acupuncture to take advantage of this service. We are happy to answer your questions and make sure you get a spot on our transfer calendar.