Infertility

Acupuncture treatment can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system.

Medical Research About Acupuncture and Infertility

Researchers at the Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, conducted a meta-analysis of several research studies on the effects of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. (A meta-analysis is a research study that gathers information from several studies and evaluates them together.) The meta-analysis considered seven trials, which all together included 1,366 women.The researchers found that when acupuncture took place on the day of embryo transfer, statistically significant improvements were found in the rates of clinical pregnancies, ongoing pregnancy, and live births.

In another study, often referred to as the “German study,” a German fertility clinic offered 160 IVF patients who had good-quality embryos an opportunity to participate in a study on acupuncture and IVF outcomes. Two groups totaling 160 subjects each received a standard in-vitro procedure (IVF). One group, however, also received acupuncture therapy before and after implantation. The non-acupuncture in-vitro group had a 26.3% pregnancy rate, while the group of women who received acupuncture showed a 42.5% success rate.

In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Only IVF with AcupunctureTherapy
26.3% 42.5%

 

Acupuncture has been clinically proven to:

  • Enhance Egg Quality: Test results of clients who have undergone acupuncture have shown that the egg quality significantly improves.
  • Enhance the Quality of the Uterine Lining: A healthy uterine lining is necessary to help with embryo implantation and to grow a healthy baby. Acupuncture improves the flow of healthy blood into the uterus.
  • Reduce the Chances of Uterine Contraction After IVF procedures: Acupuncture relaxes the patient and the uterus so it won’t contract and expel the fertilized egg
  • Prevent recurring miscarriages
  • Improve sperm count, motility, morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
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