Acupuncture for IVF Support

Deciding to peruse IVF is not a step anyone takes lightly. It is a demanding process and often follows years of hope, frustration and grief.

There are things you can do which support you during your infertility treatment.

Acupuncture has been shown in clinical trials that it not only contributes to your chance of success but also stabilizes the mental state by controlling stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture and IVF come from very different origins and work in very different ways and at a glance it may seem to be unlikely pattern.

However there are sound reasons to consider on integrated approach which may offer you a greater chance of success.


Gynecological disorders which cause infertility also can be treated with Acupuncture viz.

  • Endometriosis
  • Disorders of Ovulation
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Tubal Blockage
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID)
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Miscarriage

In clinical practice, more frequently observed factors for infertility are:

Internal causes - Excessive emotions

Miscellaneous causes - Inappropriate diet, overwork, weak constitution, unhealthy lifestyle habits, physical overexertion, excessive work and in adequate rest, coital issues, and inappropriate family planning.

These conditions can be best addressed with acupuncture


  • There are many ways acupuncture can support couples using IVF.
  • There have been some clinical trials undertaken over the past few years that suggest acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer improves implementation rate.
  • 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 your pregnancy rate.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to reduce anxiety levels associated with infertility and IVF.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to improve sperm morphology and motility.

Clinical trial also suggest that

  • Acupuncture is effective in reducing the side effects of the medication used during IVF procedure.
  • Acupuncture is also helpful for women who have had a history of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Acupuncture and Fertility

The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Chinese medicine dates back 5,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a Woman's whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.

A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility found that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques.

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to:

  • Increase blood ?ow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine Wall
  • Reduce anxiety, stress, and the hormones that are secreted during stressful situations that can signi?cantly decrease fertility
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility
  • Regulate menstrual cycle

Acupuncture also helps during pregnancy and birth. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea, vomiting, and significantly reducing the duration of labor. There is also strong evidence that acupuncture can help with a breech birth.