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Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body.  These reside on channels or meridians.

Acupuncture helps by addressing problems that affect fertility such as an under-functioning thyroid or over-functioning thyroid . It has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility.

Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months. There are minimal risks in using acupuncture for fertility treatment. The risk of miscarriage may increase if incorrect acupuncture points are used during pregnancy. This is one reason to chose an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders. Acupuncture is generally safe.

Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment for Reproduction

Improvement in the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs.  A rise in AMH usually seen.
Regulation of the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles with better quality.

  • Increase in the blood flow to the uterus and increase in the thickness of the uterine lining.
  • Relaxation and de-stress.
  • Prevention of uterine contractions post IVF embryo transfer.
  • Reduction of the side-effects of IVF medications.
  • Strengthened immune system / Increased energy.
  • Improvement in sperm count, motility, morphology.
  • Increase in chance of conceiving.
  • Decrease in chance of miscarriage.

Acupuncture with IVF ‘doubles the chances of getting pregnant’.  A STUDY: Over 46 per cent of women undergoing acupuncture treatment conceived. While only 21.7 per cent of the women became pregnant in the other group. Treatment may be offered as a possible method of improving IVF outcome. Acupuncture with IVF may double the chances of a woman conceiving, a study has found. Among couples undergoing the fertility treatment, the likelihood of pregnancy was greatly improved if the woman also had acupuncture with IVF.


Scientists at Homerton University Hospital studied 127 women aged between 23 and 43. On their first or second cycle of IVF. They were split into two groups.   One having four sessions of acupuncture with IVF, and the other having none. Among the treatment group, 46.2 per cent conceived – more than twice as many as in the other group.  Only 21.7 per cent of the women became pregnant in the other group.

The needle technique was used before any eggs were retrieved from the woman’s body.  Then again before and after the fertilized embryo was implanted.

The researchers stated. ‘The results of this study imply acupuncture may be offered as a possible method of improving IVF outcome.’

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