Over the past few years there have been a number of promising studies that suggest acupuncture can benefit the IVF process.

  • There have been some clinical trials undertaken over the past few years that suggest acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer improves implantation rates1.
  • Acupuncture before and during the medication phase of IVF prepares the uterine lining and has been shown to improve hormone levels and may also increase pregnancy rates2.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to reduce anxiety levels associated with infertility and IVF3.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to improve sperm morphology and motility4.

With the use of appropriate protocols by

 

1 Cheong Y et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 4, Nov 08
2 Magerelli P et al Fertil Steril 2009 in press
3 Domar A Fertil Steril March 1 2008. Epub.
4 Pei J et al Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul;84(1):141-7