Poppy Seed Oil IVF Treatment

Demeter Fertility uses medical grade tubal flushing in conjunction with IVF to maximise the chances of pregnancy as demonstrated in a number of studies and papers.


Poppy seed oil IVF utilises an additional technique of tubal flushing to clear out the fallopian tubes prior to the IVF cycle. Studies have shown that flushing (with a medical grade poppy seed oil) can increase pregnancy rates by up to 37%. It is also believed to have an immunological benefit to the uterus giving the embryo a better chance to survive. 

Demeter Fertility regularly performs tubal flushing in conjunction with IVF procedures with high success rates. It is a technique particularly used in women who have:

  • Unexplained subfertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Undergone previous unsuccessful IVF treatment cycles 

The tubal flushing takes place prior to the IVF cycle and involves a catheter being inserted into the uterus to allow the poppy seed oil to flush through it and into the fallopian tubes. It is performed with painkillers or alternatively may be performed under local anaesthetic. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure. 

A number of studies and papers have been published supporting the use of poppy seed oil including an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2017.

For more about poppy seed oil watch Dr Sonya Jessup in the video below and phone 1300 899 850 to book your appointment. 



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