What You Need To Know About Acupuncture And IVF

Relaxed woman getting an acupuncture and IVF treatment

People are becoming increasingly aware of the link between alternative medicines and fertility and traditional therapies are now being used together as complementary treatments. Nowadays it is becoming more and more common for acupuncture and IVF to be used together as complementary treatments. Whilst there hasn’t been conclusive proof, studies and experience have suggested that acupuncture and IVF can work well together to aid in conception. The alternative treatment can increase blood flow to the uterus which helps to improve menstruation and ovulation and also reduces stress for the mother which is supposed to help raise the chances of having a baby.

Many people are touting the benefits of the treatment and doctors and medical practitioners are increasingly accepting the potential benefits of non-traditional treatment options. Here’s what you need to know.

What are acupuncture and IVF?

You’ve probably heard of both. Acupuncture is an ancient treatment originating from China that is based on the idea of the flow of energy or chi throughout the body. The treatment works by releasing blockages in the chi’s flow with very fine needles, this is supposed to help prevent and treat illnesses and other health complaints. Treatments usually take about an hour and when it comes to treating for fertility the needles are usually placed in the lower half of the body. In vitro fertilization is a scientific technique designed to help women get pregnant, the process involves the implantation of fertilized eggs into a woman’s womb. To achieve in vitro fertilization a woman’s natural menstrual cycle is firstly disrupted and the woman is then put on hormone injections which cause her body to produce eggs that are then collected and fertilized with the sperm of the woman’s partner. The fertilized eggs are then grown in an incubator for several days before they are transferred into the woman’s uterus for implantation. It often takes several cycles for implantation to be successful, most women only have about a one in five chance that the treatment will work which is why many are now pairing acupuncture and IVF to try and improve their chances.


How they work together

When preparing for an IVF cycle needle treatment can help with the regulation of hormones and may help to increase ovulation, it also helps to relieve stress which can be good for fertility. Many acupuncturists will recommend treatments prior to and immediately after an embryo transfer to try and improve the chances of implantation. The treatment plays a secondary role in relieving stress during a very stressful time and helps couples to stay in good health and manage their emotions whilst trying to fall pregnant.

Male fertility

Male during acupuncture procedure.

Acupuncture and IVF work very well together but it’s also a great idea for both partners to take part in alternative treatments. Males’ fertility may be improved with treatments prior to conception and can help to improve the couple’s chances of conceiving. The treatment can help with improving sperm count and quality and can also help fathers-to-be to relax to help better a couple’s chances of falling pregnant.

Other benefits

Although there has yet to be a study that has been able to conclusively prove that the treatment improves fertility, it has been proven to help with things like depression, anxiety, and stress which are very important factors when trying to get pregnant. Trying to get pregnant can be stressful but that stress or anxiety can make it difficult for couples to conceive and depression can impact a couple’s desire to conceive. Acupuncture and IVF treatments pair well together.