Acupuncture is an alternative way of treating couples that have a history of fertility issues. It is also often seen as a complementary therapy to modern fertility treatments. It is believed that acupuncture helps by regulating the body’s system, that it aids in blood flow to the reproductive organs and stabilizes hormone levels. This in turn will increase ovarian function in women and also has increased sperm production in men. Acupuncture practitioners may also recommend dietary guidance including herbs for infertility that will help as well.
Used as a complementary form of therapy for women undergoing other fertility treatments, acupuncture has been proven to be a significant help. Some believe that acupuncture works by helping women stay more relaxed through stressful fertility treatments. In particular, studies have shown that acupuncture definitely increases the rate of pregnancy in women undergoing in IVF as well as IUI.
A recent American study involving 114 women showed that 51% of the women who had acupuncture and IVF treatments became pregnant versus only 36% of the women who had IVF alone. Deeper analysis of this study revealed that the women in the acupuncture group miscarried at a ratio of 8 percent compared to 20 percent in the IVF only group. Furthermore, women who received acupuncture also had lower rates of ectopic pregnancies.
It is recommended to call the office and schedule a preliminary meeting to determine the best course to follow in your case. Every patient has individual needs and recommendations will be made according to your history. We have had great success with our patient base. It is recommended to get clearance concerning fertility from your health care provider.