Acupuncture increases the success rate of IVF (in vitro fertilization) by 65%. Many fertility clinics actively refer their patients to acupuncture at the start of IVF to boost fertility and increase the chance of a successful implantation and pregnancy.
A study published in the British Medical Journal (February, 2008) analyzed seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 participants. They found that women receiving acupuncture just before or after the embryo transfer were 65% more likely to become pregnant.
Acupuncture supports IVF in a few ways. Acupuncture likely stimulates blood flow to the uterus. Acupuncture can also help regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation by creating a cascade effect that triggers the production of gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Gondadotropin-releasing hormone in turn releases hormones essential for reproduction, namely follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). And in vitro fertilization can be a stressful process, which can be counterproductive to conception; and acupuncture stimulates the release of natural opioids to help reduce stress.
If you are interested in learning how Oriental Medicine can support your reproductive health, contact Portland acupuncturist Boynn McIntire for a consultation. Appointments with Boynn in her northeast Portland acupuncture clinic may be made by calling (503) 281-6909 or scheduling online.