5 Acupuncture Studies That Show Needles Boost Fertility

I regularly treat patients to improve their fertility. Some are undergoing IVF or IUI treatments and some are not. Wherever you are in your attempts to get pregnant Chinese Medicine can help. Below are some relevant studies on the benefits of acupuncture for fertility.

Acupuncture in IVF Linked to Lower Miscarriage and Ectopic Rates

Women who receive acupuncture during the stimulation phase of an in vitro fertilization cycle and again immediately after embryo transfer have a higher live-birth rate than do controls, according to the first acupuncture study with this end point. “Other studies have looked at pregnancy rates, but what is really important is whether or not there is a baby,” said Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., who reported his findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The retrospective study included 131 women who were undergoing standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). All of these women were considered good prognosis candidates for IVF/ICSI and were given the choice of having acupuncture.

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Acupuncture Improves Sperm Quality

A study published in the July 2005 issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture helped infertile men by apparently helping improve sperm quality in their semen.

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British Medical Journal Reports that Acupuncture increased the chances of Pregnancy with IVF by 65%

In the February 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal, it was reported that acupuncture increased the chances of pregnancy in IVF treatments by 65%.

The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – the moment when the embryo fertilized in the laboratory must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish a pregnancy.

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Acupuncture Delivers Healthy Results

In Vancouver on May 18, 2007, Dr. Paul Magarelli, an infertility physician at the Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, and Diane Cridennda, an acupuncturist at East Winds, both centers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, presented their research results which were published in Infertility and Sterility in April, 2007. This is one of several studies the two have completed

What were their results?

*Acupuncture does not cause harm to fertility or negatively interfere with an IVF outcome.

*Acupuncture can statistically improve the live birth rate from IVF to between 10-15%.

*Acupuncture reduces the number of ectopic pregnancies in an IVF setting. The acupuncture protocol (minimum of 9 treatments using set points) did not affect egg quality BUT it did improve the host. Therefore, it seemed to improve factors affecting implanation rather the egg quality itself.

*The mechanism by which acupuncture improves implantation and live birth rates results from acupuncture’s ability to regulate the body’s hormone levels (particularly prolactin and cortisol) to mimic these hormone levels in a natural cycle.

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British Study Shows Good Results Combining Acupuncture and IVF

A study showing that acupuncture can help women having IVF to conceive has gotten good coverage in the United Kingdom. Here are the highlights……

Women who underwent the ancient Chinese treatment during IVF treatment increased their chances of having a baby from one in five to one in three, ( from 20% to 33%) according to the major scientific study

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