In recent years, more and more couples are struggling with fertility issues, leading them to turn to assisted reproductive technology, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). However, IVF can be a stressful and expensive process, with no guarantee of success. That’s why many couples are looking for alternative treatments, including acupuncture, to increase their chances of conceiving.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture is thought to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, promoting blood flow, reducing stress and inflammation, and balancing hormones. As such, it usually helps to improve fertility and increase the chances of successful IVF outcomes.
Several studies have investigated the benefits of acupuncture for couples undergoing IVF. One meta-analysis of 24 randomized controlled trials found that acupuncture may increase the success rates of IVF by up to 65%. The researchers noted that acupuncture was particularly effective in improving pregnancy rates when it was performed on the day of embryo transfer.
Acupuncture may also help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can be major barriers to successful IVF outcomes. One study of 60 women undergoing IVF found that those who received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer reported lower stress levels and higher pregnancy rates compared to those who did not receive acupuncture.
Another study of 200 women found that women who received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer had significantly higher pregnancy rates and live birth rates compared to those who did not receive acupuncture. The researchers suggested that acupuncture may help to increase blood flow to the uterus, improve the lining of the uterus, and reduce uterine contractions, which can all contribute to improved IVF outcomes.
Acupuncture may also help to improve the quality and quantity of eggs produced during IVF. One study of 160 women found that those who received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer had significantly higher rates of mature oocytes (eggs) compared to those who did not receive acupuncture. The researchers suggested that acupuncture may help to improve ovarian function and hormone levels, which can lead to better egg quality and quantity.
Many couples are turning to acupuncture as a complementary therapy to support their IVF treatments. Acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive treatment that may help to reduce stress, improve blood flow, and balance hormones, all of which can contribute to improved fertility and increased chances of successful IVF outcomes.
If you are considering acupuncture as a complementary therapy for your IVF treatments, it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced acupuncturist who specializes in fertility treatments. I’ve been specialized in acupuncture for fertility for 20 years. I know how to work in conjunction with your IVF treatment, to get you the best outcome your body can deliver.
Acupuncture is a useful complementary therapy for couples undergoing IVF. Existing evidence suggests that it may help to improve pregnancy rates, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve the quality and quantity of eggs produced during IVF. If you are considering acupuncture as a complementary therapy, you are invited to book a free consultation call with me to chat about your case. Or if you’re ready, go ahead and schedule and Initial Fertility Acupuncture appointment. Schedule an appointment here: Schedule Now