For more than 2000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used acupuncture to treat fertility problems with great success. For cultural and religious reasons having children has always been and still is extremely important in China. Today, in China, and throughout the world millions of couples with fertility problems use Traditional Chinese Medicine either alone or in combination with western interventions. Over the last 15 years a number of studies have proven that acupuncture and herbs can improve the likelihood of conception in women undergoing IVF. In one of these studies published in the most prestigious journal in reproductive endocrinology –Fertility and Sterility, 160 women undergoing FIV were divided into two groups. The first group received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. The second group underwent transfer without acupuncture. The success rate for the group treated with acupuncture was 62% higher than for those who did not. Since the publication of this first study dozens of studies have been published showing similar results. You can see some of these studies here
The patients I have seen in my clinic over the years have obtained similar or better results with 8-10 treatments immediately preceding and during an IVF cycle.
Acupuncture is a comfortable process whereby small filaments are inserted in the skin. Occasionally you can feel a slight prick when the filaments are inserted. The sensation is nothing like that of an injection because the filaments we use in acupuncture are made to slide in-between the body’s tissues while injection needles are made to make a hole to put liquid in or remove liquid. Once the filaments are placed and you feel comfortable, the lights will be turned down and relaxing music will be put on. Most people feel a deep sense of relaxation and often fall asleep during the approximately 25-30 minutes of the treatment.