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Acupuncture & IVF

Infertility is a growing problem due to the choice of many to have children later in life. The impact of environmental and lifestyle factors influence both female and male reproductive systems. Many perceive in vitro fertilization (IVF) to be the last remaining hope as far as achieving a successful pregnancy goes. However, live birth rates from IVF range from 31.9% for 35-37 year old women to 12.5% for 41-42 year olds. Due to a significant amount of emotional and financial stress associated with IVF, many women now seek other treatment options in order to reduce stress levels, improve egg quality, and enhance their IVF success rates.

Acupuncture is a common choice practiced among many. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating the impact of acupuncture on IVF have been undertaken. In 2002, German doctor Paulus and his colleagues published the first prospective study on the positive impact of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. Pregnancy rates were compared within 160 IVF patients. The patients that received acupuncture treatments had a 42.5% clinical pregnancy rate compared to a 26.3% rate within the control group.This data is accessible to patients and biomedical practitioners and can be used as an endorsement for the use of acupuncture to improve IVF success rates.

Acupuncture & Infertility

Acupuncture is an ancient, therapeutic art, which has received renewed attention in light of recent scientific research. It is currently being integrated within modern medical practices for the treatment of a wide range of diseases, including infertility. In the past three decades, the practice of acupuncture has grown within the United States. According to the NIH(National Institutes of Health) Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, there have been many studies on acupuncture’s level of usefulness. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous and endocrine systems. This releases chemicals within the reproductive axis.  There are twenty major pathways that Qi (energy flow) is believed to travel through and these pathways, or meridians, are accessible through 400 different acupuncture points. Acupuncture has shown effective results in controlled, scientific studies involving ovulation induction, endometriosis, PCOS, and male infertility.

Acupuncture is a common choice practiced among many. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating the impact of acupuncture on IVF have been undertaken. In 2002, German doctor Paulus and his colleagues published the first prospective study on the positive impact of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. Pregnancy rates were compared within 160 IVF patients. The patients that received acupuncture treatments had a 42.5% clinical pregnancy rate compared to a 26.3% rate within the control group.This data is accessible to patients and biomedical practitioners and can be used as an endorsement for the use of acupuncture to improve IVF success rates.