Acupuncture points can affect blood circulation, nerves, muscles and the hormonal system. Acupuncture helps increase blood flow to the uterus, decreases stress, and can help ease bloating and other possible side effects of fertility medications.
Yes. A recent study printed in Fertility and Sterility magazine quotes a study which concluded: “Acupuncture before and after embryo transfer results in higher pregnancy rates.” In this recent study, the clinical pregnancy rate for the acupuncture group was 42.5%, while the control group was significantly lower at 26.3%.
Acupuncturists have also noticed an increased success rate when patients have treatments 60-90 days prior to having the IVF procedure.
The number of treatments differ for each individual, however, most patients receive one treatment per week for 8 to 12 weeks prior to their IVF procedure. In addition, your acupuncturist may schedule treatments at the doctor’s office just prior to and after the egg implantation.