Acupuncture & fertility

Acupunture is a popular type of alternative medicine that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in the body to promote health and possibly treat disease. A number of recent scientific studies show that acupuncture may boost fertility.  Below are a symmary of the compiled results:

Acupuncture improves ovulation and conception rates in women receiving clomiphene treatment;

Clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates are improved for women receiving IVF when acupuncture is icorporated into the treatments;

Application of acupuncture may prevent egg implantation failure;

Electroacupuncture, a type of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles, improves embryo transfer rates;

Acupuncture increases IVF success rates by altering Th1 and Th2 cytokine signalling pathways.