Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilitzation (IVF)

Acupuncture increases the chances of becoming pregnant for a significant number of women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) according to a study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility (April 2002).
Acupuncture can increase pregnancy rates for IVF patients by:

  • Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, which dramatically improves a woman’s response to the hormonal therapy; by increasing blood flow to the uterus, the embryos have a better environment after transfer.
  • Regulating hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels in the brain, which improves the release of the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, the follicle-stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and the estrogen and progesterone levels from the ovaries.
  • Improving the function of the ovaries which allows the development better quality eggs and embryos.
  • Moderating cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin levels in the uterus, reducing uterine motility to improve implantation rates.
  • Thickening the uterine lining if it is too thin.
  • Reducing stress and hyperactive sympathetic nervous system responses.
  • Lessening the side effects of the medications.
  • Improving semen quality and quantity.

When Should I start Acupuncture?

● Non-IVF patients can start any day because it is best for the acupuncture treatments to accumulate.

● IVF patients should start one cycle before the IVF cycle, or at least no later than Day 5 of your IVF cycle.

Fees

● Initial Visit – $80
● Follow up Visits – $70

The Research

Compared to the national average, the Acupuncture & Infertility Center experiences a much higher percentage of success in pregnancy rates.  Below you will find a chart which compares the rates between the two sources.  As seen below, the IVF patients who received acupuncture at Acupuncture & Infertility Center had a higher pregnancy rate than the 2005 National Summary.  The increased pregnancy rates in the acupuncture patients are significant.  It is strongly suggested that women with advanced maternal age include acupuncture as part of their IVF treatment plan, since it has been shown to double their chances of becoming pregnant.

Comparison of Success Rates of IVF Patients

Ages
Acupuncture
& Infertility Center
2005
National Summary
Under 35
76%
43%
35-37
61.54%
36%
38-40
57.14%
27%
41-42
46%
18%
43-46
33%
overall
61%