Acupuncture & IVF Part 2: Increase Pregnancy Rates
As mentioned last week in Acupuncture & IVF Part 1, research has shown acupuncture’s ability to reduce anxiety brought on by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Not only can acupuncture help keep you calm and relaxed, but it can also increase the success rates of IVF.
A recent study examined the effects of acupuncture on the pregnancy rates of 160 women. (101 of the women underwent IVF, while 59 were treated with intracytoplasmic sperm injection.) 80 women were randomly placed in the test group to receive acupuncture, while the other 80 were placed in the control group to receive therapy without acupuncture.
The results found that the pregnancy rate in women who received acupuncture was significantly higher than those who did not: 42.5% vs. 26.3%, respectively. In sum, acupuncture can improve the success rates of IVF. For more details, read the complete study.
To learn more about how acupuncture can help if you’re planning to undergo IVF, meet with one of our acupuncturists at OMBE. We have two on staff who specialize in areas of fertility and would be happy to meet with you for a free, 30-minute consult. To book an appointment, call or schedule online!
Paulus, Wolfgang E., et al. (2002). Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertility and Sterility (70)4, 721-724.