Fertility Acupuncture

Fertility acupuncture is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine used to improve fertility and possibly treat infertility.  It can be used as a primary stand alone procedure or in a combination with western fertility treatments. When used alone though, acupuncture is probably most effective for those who are experiencing a functional problem, like irregular ovulation, rather than a structural problem, like a blockage in the sperm ducts. Many times acupuncturist may recommend Chinese herbs for infertility that will supplement the acupuncture and any other treatment you may be receiving.

Used as a complementary form of therapy for women undergoing other fertility treatments, acupuncture has been proven especially beneficial. Some believe that acupuncture helps women stay more relaxed through stressful fertility treatments. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases the rate of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization).

During a 2002 fertility study in Germany, 34 of 80 (42.5%) women who underwent IVF in combination with acupuncture conceived, while only 21 of 80 (26.3%) who underwent IVF conceived. More recently, an American study involving 114 women showed 51% of the women who had undergone IVF in combination with acupuncture conceived versus while only 36% of the women who had IVF alone conceived. Deeper analysis of this study revealed that while 8% of the women in the acupuncture group miscarried, the rate of miscarriage in the IVF without acupuncture group was 20%. Furthermore, women who received acupuncture also had lower rates of ectopic pregnancies.

Acupuncture may increase the chances of pregnancy through natural conception, IVF, IUI, and other ARTs because it has been clinically shown to:

  • Regulate & stabilize hormone levels
  • Help produce more follicles
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus & ovaries
  • Thicken the endometrial lining
  • Reduce the chance of miscarriage
  • Strengthen the immune system & overall health
  • Reduce stress
  • Absorb nutrients & maintain ideal weight
  • Facilitate relaxation
  • Improve the quality of sleep

Chances of conception can be increased significantly if infertility is due to:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular & Anovulatory Menstrual Cycles
  • Luteal Phase Defect LPD
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease PID
  • Premature Ovarian Failure POF
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS
  • Stress
  • Poor Egg Quality
  • Thin and Unresponsive Endometrium
  • Cervical / Uterine Factors
  • Immunological Factors
  • Fallopian Tube Factors
  • Ovulation Factors