Dr. Paul C. Magarelli, a specialist in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and Dr. Diane K. Cridennda, an acupuncturist, have done several studies on Acupuncture and IVF.
Just recently, they have announced more early results that link acupuncture to positive in-vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes. The notably large study explores the increase in take-home baby rates associated with combined Eastern and Western medicine treatments. Their ongoing research shows a 15 percent increase in pregnancies, with a 23 percent climb in actual births in IVF patients treated with acupuncture. In addition, of the 578 patients from 2003 to 2008, 26 percent more patients became pregnant when acupuncture treatments were added to IVF, saving them the costs and heartache of having to repeat an IVF cycle. This savings would decrease the national IVF fertility costs by more than $150,000,000 per year in the United States alone.
Dr. Magarelli said, “Our study demonstrates that acupuncture increases uterine blood flow, reduces stress and has an overall positive impact on our IVF patients. And the results really speak for themselves: one of every four of our patients who have used acupuncture in conjunction with IVF has not had to repeat an IVF cycle to create their families.”