Infertility and Acupuncture

posted by on Acupuncture, Fertility, Healing, Infertility

Many of our patients are referred to us by reproductive medicine specialists to help implement the success of their IUI or IVF (in vitro fertilization) protocols. Increasing the odds of IVF success is not the only way acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research.

In addition, our treatments stimulate egg production and provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.

“Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility extensively, including ovulatory dysfunction, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET), and male infertility. This review summarizes the recent studies which investigated the role of acupuncture in infertility. In conclusion, most of the existing studies suggest a positive effect of acupuncture in infertility treatment.

Firstly, acupuncture may improve ovulation by modulating the central and peripheral nervous systems, the neuroendocrine and endocrine systems, the ovarian blood flow, and metabolism.

Secondly, acupuncture can improve the outcome of IVF-ET, and the mechanisms may be related to the increased uterine blood flow, inhibited uterine motility, and the anesis of depression, anxiety and stress. Its effect on modulating immune function also suggests helpfulness in improving the outcome of IVF-ET. ”

Reference: “Acupuncture for infertility: is it an effective therapy?”, 2011 May, Chin J Integr Med.


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