In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Acupuncture: Can It Help? By jodorsett on December 02, 2014

A woman sitting in a roomPatients in and around the greater Lubbock area appreciate the care provided at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine because we provide direct answers and straight talk when it comes to fertility treatments. This is especially important when it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF), one of the most popular and effective fertility treatments available today.

A number of patients have had questions about acupuncture as a means of improving the results of IVF treatment. We'd like to focus on this issue in detail in this blog post.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the practice by which various points along the skin are superficially penetrated by small, thin needles. This is an alternative therapy that is very common practice in traditional Chinese medicine.

The Theory Behind Acupuncture as a Practice

According to the theory in traditional Chinese medicine, the proper stimulation of various acupuncture points around the body will help address imbalances in a person's qi (life force, natural energy, or energy flow). Doing this helps address various kinds of health issues, such as blood circulation, muscle stiffness, joint pain, and mood disorders.

How Acupuncture Puncture Potentially Improves Fertility in Women

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture allows the body to function more efficiently which then results in better efficiently of modern medical treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). In addition, there is a theory that acupuncture also improves the production of eggs or can potentially stimulate the production of eggs.

Can acupuncture actually improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) success?

Some studies show slight improvements in in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment success thanks to acupuncture. The numbers may be small, but that are not statistically insignificant.

Many practitioners of western medicine, however, cite flaws in the manner in which some of these studies were conducted and how the data was gathered. Similarly, there are issues with the lack of scientific data into qi and meridians (the pathways through which qi flows), and it leaves many scientist in doubt as to the actual mechanism at work in acupuncture treatment.

Given the conflicting nature of the reports and so many other factors that play into fertility and reproductive medicine, the jury is still out about these matters.

Is acupuncture worth it?

While studies show conflicting information about the overall efficacy of acupuncture, the potential benefits and zero-risk nature of this alternative medicine option may make acupuncture worthwhile to patients who are undergoing fertility treatments. Acupuncture may improve disposition, attitude, and reduce stress, even at just a psychosomatic level, and this can contribute in their own ways to the success of a medical treatment.

Other Options to Consider for Improving In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Success

In addition to alternative medicine options like acupuncture, we would be more than happy to go over other ways that you can improve the chances of a fertility treatment succeeding, including dietary concerns, fitness suggestions, and other lifestyle modifications. This can all be addressed in greater detail during a consultation with our team.

Schedule a Consultation at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine

For more information about acupuncture and other options for potentially improving the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproduction therapies, we encourage you to contact our team of fertility specialists today. We at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

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