What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in the East more than 2000 years ago and is a comprehensive medical system. It comprises of a range of therapies including: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, massage and dietary therapy to help patients achieve and maintain health.
Acupuncture is one of the safest and most popular complementary therapies in the UK. An increasing weight of evidence from western scientific research demonstrates its effectiveness for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions.
How does Acupuncture Help with Fertility?
Acupuncture has been found to:
- Improves blood flow to the ovaries
- Regulate fertility hormones
- Improve the condition of the womb lining
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Can regulate menstrual cycle
There is lots of scientific evidence on the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and assisted conception.
A systematic review published in the British Medical Journal concluded that using acupuncture alongside IVF achieved a 65% clinical pregnancy rate. This study involved acupuncture before and after embryo transfer.
Research research at The Homerton Hospital found that acupuncture can double success rates of IVF.
A 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis found acupuncture to have a significant treatment effect in improving birth rates of women undergoing IVF or ICSI.
All evidence is on going and not conclusive. However current research supports the findings that acupuncture at various points during IVF or ICSI with increased frequency during ovarian stimulation and transfer can have a statistically positive effect on clinical pregnancy and birth rate.
How it Works
It recommended that Acupuncture may also be a suitable treatment option to help reduce stress and anxiety levels for women trying to conceive. Research indicates that the effectiveness of acupuncture may be dose-dependent and is most effective when tailored to meet your individual needs.
Sonal’s Story – Fertility Patient