The evidence for effectiveness fertility acupuncture research

 

The effects of acupuncture on fertility: the evidence for effectiveness - clinical observations and research results:

 

  • Increasing IVF (in-vitro fertilization) success rates: 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer for women who underwent acupuncture. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis. Eric Manheimer et al. BMJ, 7 Feb. 2008.
     

  • Increased blood flow to the uterus. Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M., Hum Reprod 11(6):1314-7, 1996.
     

  • Normalizing dysfunction of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Acupuncture normalizes dysfunction of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Chen BY., Acupunct Electrother Res 22:97–108, 1997.
     

  • Improve ovulation. Clinical studies on the mechanism for acupuncture stimulation of ovulation. Mo X. et al. J Tradit Chin Med, 13(2): 115-9, 1993.
     

  • Achieved a comparable pregnancy rate to those of various hormonal treatments. Auricular acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility. Gerhard I, Postneek F., Gynecology & Endocrinology, 6 (3):171-81, Sep 1992.
     

  • Increasing IVF success rates. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Paulus, et al., Fertility and Sterility, Vol.77, No.4, April 2002.
     

  • Improve sperm quality. Effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters of males suffering from subfertility related to low sperm quality. Siterman S. et al., Arch Androl Sep-Oct;39(2):155-61, 1997.
     

  • Inducing ovulation for women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Tagnfors U, Lundeberg T, Lindstedt G, Janson PO,. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 79(3):180-8, 2000.
     

  • Electroacupuncture analgesia during oocyte aspiration showed a significantly higher implantation rate, pregnancy rate and take-home baby rates. A prospective randomized study of electro-acupuncture versus alfentanil as anaesthesia during oocyte aspiration in in-vitro fertilization. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenström U, Nilsson L, Wikland M, Janson PO., Hum Reprod 14(10): 2480-4, 1999.
     

  • Effective in ovulation induction and also in the remission of OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome)induced by HMG (human menopausal gonadotropin). Substitution of Acupuncture for HCG in Ovulation Induction. Cai XF., Journal of Traditional Oriental Medicine 17(2):119-21, 1997.

The Role of Acupuncture Research

— A Personal View

Simple things you can do to boost your fertility

  • Sleep well, eat well and relax.

  • Reduce stress. Prolonged stress creates infertility, taking steps to restore fertility may add to your stress if you expect instant results. It’s hard to avoid daily stress but we can learn to respond differently when it presents itself. Try breathing exercises and meditation.

  • Adopt a balanced diet and eat at regular times. You may want to use supplements too, but don’t go overboard. Balance is the key.

  • Adopt a regular sleep pattern. You need 7.5 - 9 hours sleep per day to achieve the best fertility results. Poor quality sleep disrupts your body’s balance; sleep is extremely important for fertility.