Acupuncture Improves IVF Success Rate


Acupuncture Proven to Increase Chances of Getting


Studies show acupuncture increases Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART) success by 15 percent. An examination of increased fertility when used alone or when complementing ART

For a couple trying to conceive, the diagnosis of infertility is often heart-wrenching information that takes an emotional toll, is physically traumatic, and brings financial burdens.

The stress of infertility very often leaves couples looking for more control over the factors that promote or inhibit their chances of conceiving. The search to become pregnant, for many, becomes highly charged, distressing for both partners, and physically exhausting. Infertility may cost couples their peace of mind and the dream of having a family. The financial consequences often go beyond the predicted expenses of conceiving naturally.

Acupuncture is a successful tool that treats the root cause of infertility, increases in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) success and prepares men and women for pregnancy. A study published in 2002 shows that acupuncture treatment administered 25 minutes before and 25 minutes after IVF treatment increased success of pregnancy by 15 percent. This form of medicine is being used in numerous progressive infertility clinics across the U.S. with tangible results. Acupuncture, in conjunction with IVF, greatly enhances a woman’s chances of conception.

According to the American Society for Reproductive Science, over 6.1 million or 10 percent of women in the United States are diagnosed as being infertile, which is defined as one year of unsuccessful conception. Women who choose to conceive after the age of 35 have a greater chance of having medical difficulties that may result in infertility issues. Due to career choices, as well as other extraneous factors, which include dietary and exercise habits, years of birth control pill use and an increasingly stressful modern life, these numbers will likely increase and a greater portion of the population will be affected by infertility in the future.

The causes of infertility are vast and varied. Some of the main factors that may prevent successful conception include: lack of ovulation, poor quality of eggs, thin endometrial lining, poor quality and number of follicles, low progesterone, high follicle stimulating hormone, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, adhesions, infections and stress. Modern medicine treats these problems with surgery or medications or both. If surgery and modern medications fail, assisted reproductive therapies (ART), including IVF, ICSI or others, may be used. These procedures involve the manipulation of the egg, sperm or both to increase the chances of conception.

Despite the advances of modern medicine in reproductive health and the ability of doctors to extract eggs and manipulate sperm to create an embryo, the success rates of these ARTs are quite minimal. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Center for Disease Control these methods are only 30 percent effective with each procedure, leaving a majority of couples with continued emotional anguish and financial burden. Often women must undergo several IVF and ICSI treatments. According to Dr. Lifang Liang, an expert in infertility in the field of Chinese medicine, women around the age of 40 who have successful ART procedures suffer miscarriages 50 percent of the time. These couples find themselves elated when they become pregnant but later devastated by the loss of the pregnancy. For many women this loss may happen repeatedly, thereby compounding the emotional, physical and financial costs.

If IVF fails repeatedly or if miscarriage occurs, then according to modern medicine, these patients have exhausted their options of having their own biological child. They are left emotionally devastated and have endured a physically excruciating path only to reach this disappointing reality. Fortunately, at this crossroad, these couples can still find success in hormone free, non-invasive, time-tested traditional acupuncture.

In summary, acupuncture offers a cost-effective, safe, and comprehensive intervention for women who want to become pregnant. Acupuncture is proven effective for men and women who wish to prepare their bodies for conception, pregnancy, and delivery, even those who have not experienced difficulties with infertility. Similarly, women who do not wish to undergo IVF for a variety of reasons, also choose acupuncture as an effective mode of treatment. Finally, acupuncture can be integrated with ART to enhance effectiveness.

Who can benefit from acupuncture?

Three groups of people are typically treated:

  1. Couples, either the man or the woman or both, wanting to integrate acupuncture with ARTs to increase significantly the success rate of conception.
  2. Couples, either the man or the woman or both, who have chosen to follow a non-synthetic path toward conception.
  3. Couples, who have not officially been diagnosed with infertility, but who hope to conceive more quickly, either the man or the woman or both, who have decided to begin trying to get pregnant.